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John Melo

Winner of the 1993 Awit Awards for Best New Male Performance, John Melo was one of the biggest up and coming names in the music industry in the early 1990s.
A balladeer and the ultimate crooner, Melo took a hiatus from the music scene only to comeback with a bang in 2017 with his new song "Malapit Na Ang Pasko" which marks his 25th year since first entering the musical limelight.

Early Life

Born December 19, 1968, Ponciano Cortes Melo, Jr., John Melo is the third of five children of Ponciano Melo and Leticia Cortes, John inherited his love for music from his mother Leticia who took up Bachelor of Music major in piano at the University of Sto. Tomas. As a child, John look up to his idol Anthony Castelo (known for hits like “Nang Dahil Sa Pag-ibig” and “Balat Kayo”).

Ponciano Melo also known as John Melo is a recording artist in the Philippines. A 1994 Dentistry Graduate from Centro Escolar University (CEU) with passion for Music.
The third child among five siblings, Melo inherited his love for music from his mother, (name) who took up Bachelor of Music Major in Piano in the University of Sto. Tomas.

As a child, John look up to his idol Anthony Castelo (known for hits like “Nang Dahil Sa Pag-ibig” and “Balat-kayo”). His admiration for the singer later led him on to revive two Anthony Castelo songs for his “Magtiwala Ka” album namely “Ibig Kong Ibigin Ka” and “Nang Dahil Sa Pag-ibig”.

His early life equated in entertainment while he was studying in Manila. Getting invitations from many shows due to his remarkable hit love songs paved the way to his singing career during 90’s.

Musical Career

John Melo was among the few artists at that time to pursue a singing career while continuing his studies. He took up dentistry at Centro Escolar University and graduated Doctor of Dental Medicine in April of 1994 just in time for the release of his second album.
Melo, under Ivory Records, distributed his debut album entitled “Ikaw Pala ang Minamahal” and became a certified hit earning him a Gold Record Award.

Ivory Records, with the help of Marilyn Tamayo, Marynette Gamboa, and Leticia Cortes, successfully launched his albums. His album’s carrier single, “Hanap-Hanap Kita,” became one of the most requested songs on the radio during its release.

“Hanap-Hanap Kita” which was composed by multi-awarded singer composer Vehnee Saturno, Melo surprised many Filipino artist as he seized the prestigious Awit Awards for best Performance for a New Male Artist against some 14 other notable artist in 1993.

John Melo released his second album in 1994 entitled “Magtiwala Ka” which is also the name of the album composed by Freddie Saturno. Said album was composed of 10 songs and was specially arranged by Homer Flores, Gerry Paraiso, Emi Munji, Alvin Nunez and Romy Salcedo.
“Magtiwala Ka” album received a warm reception among critics and fans earning him multiple guesting spots in both radio and television. John Melo was among the few artists at that time to pursue a singing career while continuing his studies. He took up Dentistry at Centro Escolar University and eventually graduated as Doctor of Dental Medicine in April of 1994 before the release of his second album.

John Melo also sang a tribute song for Manny Pacquiao entitled Laban Mo, Laban Ko for the Pacman’s fight with Jeff Horn in Australia.

Newest Single

• Malapit Na Ang Pasko (2017)

Inked by sought-after composer Jimmy Borja, Malapit Na Ang Pasko is John Melo's first ever Christmas Song and newest song to be released in recent years. This is his ultimate passion project and feels that he has fulfilled a promise to himself to finally come up with a Christmas song.
The song, which Melo says is his primary "gift" to Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipinos in general, currently receives positive applause in the Visayas and Mindanao region with many listeners requesting the song frequently.

Present Life

Now, Melo is residing in California, United States of America as a dual citizen with his wife and children, handling their different businesses and continues to record new songs for his devoted fans. Following his success as a blooming recording artist, Melo tried his hand at the American Dream and has found his bread and butter in managing the dental clinics owned by him and his wife Precilyn, in Newark and in San Jose, California. At the meantime, he is testing the waters on a comeback in the Philippine music scene with the success of his song Malapit Na Ang Pasko.

Business Career

Outside his decorated musical career, John Melo as a dual citizen in the US, being an American citizen he was able establish different industry in the United States. He’s been handling different business ventures alongside his dentist wife. They are a member of American Dental Association (ADA). Aside from being a member of America's leading advocate for oral health, ADA, Melo operates two dental office in California- one in Newark the other one is in San Jose - he also has his own entertainment company called JMelo Entertainment. He also produces concerts of Filipino artists in the USA. In addition to his entertainment company, he starts an E-commerce business and an outsourcing office in the Philippines. Aside from his business endeavors, John Melo is also a Real Estate Planner for the Keller Williams Realty.

Return to the Music Scene

As he celebrate his 25th anniversary in the music industry, John Melo comes back with a new song titled "Malapit Na Ang Pasko" composed by multi-awarded songwriter Jimmy Borja. The song is first heard in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao in early October and is played at Mega Manila on the second week of November by 106.7 Energy FM, 102.7 Star FM, 93.9 IFM

Musical Style

Influences

Growing up, John Melo has used to listen to different Filipino hit makers like Basil Valdez, Hajji Alejandro Nonoy Zuniga, Rey Valera and other Filipino singers and with his exposure to OPM, he enjoyed listening to Filipino song rather than its western counterparts which were a hot commodity in his time, but following suit in the OPM renaissance in the 90s, he made waves instantly with his unique voice and singing style. When he started his singing career, the late Anthony Castelo greatly influences his work as a musician. In today’s generation, John Melo puts his preference to Michael Bublé.

Vocal Style

John Melo has a distinct singing voice for a Filipino singer. When he began his musical career, the quality of his voice has been associated with baritone as season passed, it slowly descended into the bass-baritone-tenor range. It’s uncommon for Filipino singers to have that kind of voice, with his melodic flow to his seamless control of his vocal range. Combining those three elements, it created a mellow tone perfect for John Melo for his heartfelt ballads to resonate.



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