Coming from a well-known family in the showbiz industry, people would think that Claudia Barretto will pursue an acting career like the rest of her clan. But according to the 17-year-old rising star, music has always been her passion.
“…I grew up wanting to be a singer and it was my passion ever since.”
Last June 14, Universal Records Philippines held a blogger’s conference to promote Claudia’s first single “Stay.” Written by singer-songwriter Moira Dela Torre, Stay peaked at the number four spot in Spotify Philippines’ Viral 50 Chart on the first week of its release.
When asked by the press why it took a while for her to enter the music industry, she admits that she’s still building up her confidence to overcome her shyness. “It took a while before I became comfortable with the idea of letting my voice be heard in singing. But once we had a good plan and a good song in our hands, it just went on from there,” Claudia said.
Her biggest musical inspirations are Taylor Swift, R&B singer Kehlani, and local singer KZ Tandingan. She mentioned that she would like to collaborate with Iñigo Pascual who’s also close with her sister Julia. When it comes to songwriting, she said that she hasn’t started yet but would like to learn from Moira, and would probably write songs related to her personal experiences.
Upon the release of Stay’s music video, it garnered more than 200,000 views in less than two weeks. People are commending Claudia for her voice, saying that she sounds like an international singer. Many also noticed her resemblance to Selena Gomez and how her music video gives off a Selena Gomez vibe.
Claudia plans to release an album soon, and mentioned she intends to have Tagalog songs in it too. Right now, she wants to focus on her singing and takes no pressure from being a Barretto, knowing that she has what it takes to carve her own name in the industry.
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Claudia’s debut single “Stay” is now available for streaming and download on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music, and Spinnr.