It’s November, which means rising star grentperez is back with his annual Christmas drop! The Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter has released a delicate new song “Christmas Starts Tonight”, out now everywhere via AWAL and Fast Friends.
grentperez explains, “Christmas, the time for presents, laughter, gatherings and greetings, and is a time that I love very dearly. ‘Christmas Starts Tonight’ is about the excitement that comes with the season, the feeling of wonder and cheer with every passing day that leads to Christmas night. In a way, you can make Christmas Day every day if you really want to.”
“Christmas Starts Tonight” arrives on the heels of the release of his highly anticipated EP ‘When We Were Younger’, a seven-song collection centered around the concept of nostalgia. Inspired by his parents’ record collection that soundtracked his childhood (Dionne Warwick, The Carpenters, The Bee Gees + more), the intuitive and unexpected sonic detours throughout ‘When We Were Younger’ are what make grentperez’s breezy, lithe pop songs feel full of life.
Multi-media artist, singer-songwriter and producer grentperez’s handcrafted DIY pop instantly soothes on a series of releases that have helped endear him to rapidly growing audiences at home in Australia as well as further afield in Southeast Asia, North America and Europe.
His debut single “Cherry Wine”, released in September 2021 shot up the Spotify viral charts across the globe, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and swept up the #1 spot in Singapore soon after its release. In less than two years, grentperez’s catalogue has seen over 200 million streams to date, and over 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with hundreds of new fans discovering him daily.
In October 2023, grentperez was the supporting artist for Rex Orange County’s Manila concert and played his first-ever shows in Singapore and Jakarta. Next year, he will be heading back to the Philippines to play at Wanderland Festival 2024 alongside regional and international artists including Jack Johnson, Parcels, and Novo Amor.
Born in Australia, grentperez grew up as the youngest of three kids in a Filipino family. Raised on a diet of The Eagles, The Beatles, and Queen thanks to his dad before moving on to the likes of Musiq Soulchild. As soon as he received his first nylon string acoustic, he taught himself Jeremy Passion’s “Lemonade”, learning chords, shapes, and plucking patterns. At the end of 2013, he launched his YouTube channel which currently sits at over half a MILLION subscribers.