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Kanishia Santos has a little taste of danger
Kanisha: Music helps people cope with the pandemic.
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Kanishia Santos has a little taste of danger

DIRECT LINE - Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) - November 11, 2020 - 12:00am

“They’re just at the other side (of the room).”

That came from Kanishia Santos, a bit worried that her mom Flor and brother LA had heard her telling about one of her teenage memories of tiptoeing out the door past curfew to hang out with friends.

“I did it before just for fun but not anymore, hahaha,” she reasoned out. That little secret of hers was accidentally revealed when queried about that “little taste of danger” she got into in her early teens. The question was raised in connection to the lyrics of A Little Taste of Danger, her debut single released under Star Pop.

Part of the chorus goes like, “When I want, I want just a little more than what I have been settling for/ Momma would always say, ‘Don’t you talk to me strangers’/ But I want, I want, I want/ Just a little.”

“I was able to relate to the song. Every time I listen to it, I imagine a butterfly coming from a caterpillar. You can bloom once you have enough experience,” the newest Star Pop artist said.

At 19, Kanishia has already matured. She is now ready to get into the mainstream music scene armed with a pleasing personality and a pleasant vocal tone. She was only 17 when seasoned singer Claire dela Fuente, her mom’s friend, saw her potential to become a pro singer.

“Before, I would go with my mom to watch Kuya LA (also a singer, and founder/CEO of 7K Sounds) and doon din madalas kami magkita ni Tita Claire (who is now her manager). She would give me pieces of advice like mag-attend ng workshops. Thanks to my mom who is very supportive of my passion and she enrolled me in acting workshops — acting and voice. Hilig ko na po talaga ang kumanta.”

Her experience in acting, singing and dancing, not to mention her five-year experience in school theater productions, means that Kanishia is more than ready.

“I started to like singing when I was seven years old. I enjoy performing onstage and entertaining people, not only showing my talent in singing but also in acting. Mahilig akong umarte so noong na-realize ko na ‘pag kumakanta ka, it’s not just the voice that matters, you should also know how to express the emotion of the song,” she shared.

With the situation everyone is in these days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kanishia agreed that music helps people cope in self-isolation and uplift their mood.

“I can say that right now, the only source of entertainment or the source of thing that makes you relax is the Internet and now more than ever, it’s a good platform for artists ‘yung social media because most people are interested to connect with people (and celebrities) so I am excited to share my music, especially now that it’s easier to release online and then marami pa ‘yung audience.”

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