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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 31, 2017

GMA Records' James Wright Releases Second Album, Single 'My Destiny' To Be Used As Theme Song Of 'My Love From The Star'

JAMES WRIGHT joined the “Anak Ko Yan” reality show of GMA-7 three years ago. He didn’t win, but the three top winners in the show are now forgotten while James still has a career as a singer under contract with GMA Records. He got his big break as a singer when his single, “Sana’y Ikaw”, was used as the theme song of Marian Rivera’s soap, “Carmela”.

It’s part of his self-titled debut LP, “James Wright”, produced by hitmaker Vehnee Saturno and released in May 2014. The album, which James dedicated to his mom, Gina, a cancer survivor, was eventually awarded a Gold Record. Another song from the album, “Kung Hindi Ikaw”, was used as the theme song for the soap “My Destiny” with Tom Rodriguez and Carla Abellana.

Now, a new song of his entitled “My Destiny” will be used as the theme song of the new GMA primetime show, “My Love from the Star”, starring Jennylyn Mercado and newbie Gil Cuerva. The song is part of his second album, “Just Wright”, which has six songs: “Ibig Bang Sabihin”, “Please Come Back”, “Open Up”, “Lahat ng Aking Pag-ibig”, “Mahal na nga Kita” and “My Destiny”.
James looks good enough to be an actor and he admits he has auditioned for some teleseryes. “I auditioned for ‘Meant to Be’ and also for ‘My Love from the Star’, but hindi ako nakuha,” he says.

How did he feel about it? “Okay lang. Kasi naka-focus naman talaga ako on being a singer. When GMA Artist Center told me to take acting workshops, hindi ako ganado but later, I appreciated it kasi nagamit ko sa singing. When I audition and I don’t make it, I trust the judgment of management. Mas matagal na sila in the business kaysa sa’kin so they know what they’re doing. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I also believe in right timing kaya di sumasama ang loob ko.”

James, 21, has an Australian dad and a Pinay mom. He has a younger sister, Vanessa Wright, 19, who joined the Miss World Philippines Pageant and was a runner up. His sister is very pretty and sexy and will join another pageant this year. James is loveless by choice. “My last girlfriend was non-showbiz, three years ago. Now, I want to focus muna on my showbiz career. I know the music industry is down so mas mahirap maging singer ngayon, kaya dito muna ako magko-concentrate kaysa sa love.”

His album “Just Wright” is now available in Astroplus and Astro Vision outlets, Landmark and online at lazada.com. Its digital version is on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other 160 digital stores worldwide.