MAK Entertainment Services (MAKES) signs world-class Filipino singers Keifer Sanchez and Froilan Canlas. The official contract signing happened at H Café in Quezon City with an intimate press conference for the dynamic singing sensations.
Talking to Manila Standard Entertainment, Sanchez clarified that although he’s launching a solo career, this doesn’t mean he’s departing from TNT Boys, his group with Mackie Empuerto, and Francis Concepcion.
MAK Entertainment Services, headed and owned by power couple Ferdie Mak and Debbie Mak, is a US-based artist management and concert production company. The company’s first venture into concert production was a digital concert and it was a co-production between ABS-CBN and Mak Entertainment Services called Sheryn Regis: Love United where Sanchez performed with Empuerto and Concepcion as the solid vocal group TNT Boys.
“They [Empuerto and Concepcion] have their own talent management. I’m not part of it that’s why I’m grateful that Mak Entertainment is giving me an opportunity to explore my artistry as a singer,” Sanchez said adding that he would want to launch an international career and follow in the footsteps of Harry Styles.
The 16-year-old singer, who is known for his high-pitched vocals, is learning to tame his voice by performing songs in lower register.
“My voice is still adjusting. Before this current stage that I’m in, I could whistle and hit high notes with ease. Now, due to puberty, I am in the process of discovering my new strengths as a singer. I believe that I am a good storyteller when I sing,” he admitted.
“So my goal is to reinvent my voice by singing songs appropriate for my age and the notes that I can decently hit,” he said.
Before carving a niche and making an impact in the world of entertainment, Sanchez won first place in “Tawag ng Tanghalan Kids,” and Grand Champion as part of TNT Boys in Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids (TNT BOYS Grand Champion).
His two memorable TV moments include the interpretation of his 2nd Place Winning Song: “Shine” by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as well as his time in the international singing competition World’s Best, where he and the rest of TNT Boys delighted and wowed the global audiences with their renditions of “Listen,” “And I Am Telling You,” and “Flashlight.”
Sanchez and Canlas will join fellow artist Kaela Francheska in the MAKES family and are indeed a welcome addition to this budding and progressive company.
“I know that with the guidance, love, and support from my MAKES family, I am sure I have more to offer as a singer and performer,” Sanchez shared.
Meanwhile, Mak Entertainment’s second signee, Froilan Canlas, is considered by many as one of the better contenders of the maiden season of “Tawag Ng Tanghalan.” His Kuh Ledesma medley was a truly memorable pop performance.
Canlas' 3rd place victory during the first season of Tawag ng Tanghalan in It’s Showtime, is no small feat for him and the rest of those who made it to the finals.
Canlas gives credit to his life experiences and his curiosity which led him to his appreciation of music and the learning of different types of music such as traditional/world music, classical music, choral music, and genres like pop music, jazz, rhythm, and blues, soul and alternative music.
His knowledge in music and the vocal techniques that he has learned throughout the years has given him confidence as a singer, especially in terms of interpreting and giving the emotional honesty needed by a song. Canlas is also into songwriting now.
“I have stories to tell to people through my music and these stories would be put to waste if they were never told," he shared.
MAK Entertainment Services says that the company signed these two world-class artists because of their "unique abilities to keep their listeners glued in."
"When people hear them sing, they instantly recognize a great artist in them. It's because they know how to interpret the songs that they are singing. They sing with passion, with care, and with the intent of expressing the true emotions that the original creator of the song was meant to express,” he concluded.