Muling pumirma ng panibagong kontrata sa Universal Records si Claudia Barretto.
Ikalawang taon na ni Claudia bilang recording artist ng U.R. Inilunsad noong isang taon ang kauna-unahan niyang EP kabilang na ang single niyang “Stay.”
Sa pagkakataong ito, mas gusto raw ipakita ni Claudia sa pamamagitan ng kanyang musika kung ano talaga siya pagdating sa music.
“Now, for this year, I think I’m focusing on doing music that is more personal to me and I relate to and I’m writing most of my songs with the next project I’m working on, so I’m really excited,” simulang pahayag niya.
“It’s more authentic approach to my music.”
Dugtong pa niya, “I’ve always loved R&B so I think, I’m leaning towards R&B now. My EP was very pop so now I’m venturing into R&B and a little bit of pop.
“Well, like I’ve said, it’s gonna be more myself and most of the songs would be written by me. It would be more personal.”
Sa bago niyang gagawing album, nakipag-collaborate raw siya sa isang R&B singer sa Los Angeles.
“I’ve collaborated with some friends in L.A. because I spent summer in L.A. learning how to do Music Production. So, I collaborated with friends back there and I took it back home with me.
“I will do recording and release my single.”
Bilang isa sa mga Cornerstone contract artists, nabanggit ni Claudia na meron siyang makaka-collaborate mula sa mga kasamahan niyang artist ng naturang talent agency.
“For collaboration, I want to collaborate with Cornerstone artists, of course. And that would be released eventually. So I wanna keep it a surprise.”
Masaya si Claudia sa naging outcome ng una niyang EP sa Universal Records noong isang taon. Kaya naman hindi kataka-takang muli siyang pumirma ng kontrata rito.
"I’m very happy with the response because my fans was been very, very supportive.
“But like I’ve said, it was very experimental for me.
“The EP was more about just finding myself, finding my voice, figuring my ways around in the industry, which is why I look forward to this next project which is, I have a clear direction on what I want to do in the future.”
Nag-aral si Claudia ng short course sa Music Production sa U.S. at dito niya nakita na hindi lang bilang singer ang gusto niyang gawin.
“I went to L.A. for Music Production, hoping to be able to learn to produce my song eventually.
“I did learn the basics.
“What I took away from that was also making friends with really talented artists as well that I will be working with.”
Isa sa mga showbiz royalty si Claudia bilang isang Barretto na mas kilala sa pagiging artista.
Kasama na ba sa mga plano niya ang pasukin ang pag-arte?
“Well, let’s just see.
“I never say never,” saad naman ng 18-year-old singer.
“I believe that if an opportunity arises, you just say never say never.”
Sabi namin kay Claudia, marami kaming nababasa na nagtatanong kung kailan niya rin papasukin ang pag-arte tulad ng kapatid na si Julia Barretto.
“We’ll see, we’ll see… but for now, I’m very committed to music.”
Nang i-launch si Claudia noong isang taon bilang bagong recording artist, inamin nitong hindi pa siya ganoon ka-confident at nahihiya pa siya.
Ngayon ba, mas relaxed na siya sa mundong pinasok?
“I think, it gets better with time and experience but I still have a lot to learn. So, that’s also something that I’m looking forward to this year.
“I just learn from the past and develop as I go.”
Masaya si Claudia sa mga taong naniniwala at sumusuporta na sa kanya.
Sabi nga niya, “Like I always say, I’m very, very grateful for the support and I’m so thankful that they have been accepting my music with open arms.
“I’m just really thankful and grateful for my supporters.”
Pero ang talagang buong-buo ang suporta at paniniwala sa kanya ay ang kanyang ina na si Marjorie Barretto at kapatid na si Julia.
“I’m very happy that they’re very supportive of me,” nakangiting sabi niya.
“And like I’ve said before about my sisters, I just hope to be the same kind of support system for them because she’s very supportive. She believes in my dream as much as I do.”
Bukod sa contract signing, sinurpresa rin si Claudia ng Universal Records nang bigyan siya ng birthday cake dahil noong July 26 naman ang ika-19th birthday niya.
Ano ang kanyang birthday wish?
“I just wish that this year, I’ll be able to release more music and to produce more and learn more about the industry.”