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Islander ‘feels’ in J. Young music

‘360’ is a collection of year-round summer anthems, dance hall beats, and chill beach tunes.

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Jamaican-Canadian recording artist J. Young has found another home with the release of his full-length album first and exclusive in the Philippines.

J. Young (mb.com.ph)

J. Young

Distributed by Viva Records, “Three Sixty” is a 12-track album produced by multi-platinum songwriter Adam H. Hurstfield.

In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Adam and J. Young revealed it took them almost three years to finish the album.

Producing it for J. Young was easy, Adam said, saying the artist is “a blank canvass just waiting to be painted on.”

“It’s nice because we have the same influences and background in music styles. I saw how versatile and how ready he is with anything. It’s really cool,” the producer said.

They agreed on the album title for its “ability to go full circle from pop, to R&B, to dance, to funk, to pop again.”

“It’s been a long journey,” said J. Young, whose music career kicked-off after he performed with Boys II Men.

He described “360” as a collection of year-round summer anthems, dance hall beats, and chill beach tunes. The track list: “She’s A Thrilla (Feat. Seven),” “They Ain’t You,” “Oxygen,” “Million Bucks,” “Sexy Dress,” “Lit (Feat. Elise Estrada),” “Comin’ Home With Me (Feat. CELEB),” “Cadillac,” “Gold,” “Say Yeah,” “Worth The Purse (Feat. Elise Estrada,” and “Electric.”

The music video of “They Ain’t You” was shot in Boracay last year. It features Filipinos Roxanne Barcelo and Ashley Rivera.

“Lit” will have a Tagalog version with girl group After 5 sharing the mic.

Through Adam’s XOXO Entertainment Corp (an imprint of Universal Music Canada), “Three Sixty” will be coming out worldwide soon.

“The Philippines is our starting point. And why not, right? My company has partnership with labels around the world so they can expect this album to be everywhere soon,” Adam said.

“Three Sixty” is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and all digital music stores nationwide.

‘Hidden gem’

Adam H. is a certified hitmaker in the music industry. He wrote songs for KPop superstars Super Junior, BoA, TVXQ, and Girls Generation with SM Town; and Ly Hyori who went on to achieve Diamond Sales status in Korea.

He, who also found great success with his own band “NewSchool,” worked with a huge number of noteworthy artists including Ne-Yo, The Manhattans, Ashley Tisdale, Sarah Burgess, as well as Filipino pride Sarah Geronimo and James Reid.

He collaborated with Sarah in the song “Perfectly Imperfect,” which was originally intended for his Pinay wife Elise Estrada, a pop star from North America.

“Sarah is a queen,” he said when asked about her.

“I love her as a person. She’s so huge but so humble. There’s a magic in her, she’s relatable. Like you can have a lot of artists, but they don’t connect like what Sarah does. Aside from that, no more in the world you will find an artist with such fan base,” he added.

James Reid and Sarah Geronimo (mb.com.ph)

James Reid and Sarah Geronimo

How about James? The two worked on the song “10.”

“He is a star, too. He’s very nice,” he said.

Last February, Adam collaborated with young Viva recording artist Nicole Omillo for the single “Die For You.” He described her as a “phenomenal artist who is sure to make it big in this world.”

For the Canadian producer, Filipinos are naturally talented when it comes to music. He described them as the “hidden gem in the world,” and that’s the reason he keeps on producing tracks here.

“I think there’s no other country in the world where you can just land and hear superstar singers everywhere. There are so many talents in the Philippines than any other countries in the world,” he related.

Music is in the DNA of Filipinos, he added.

“I’m staying here because I want to hear more and more talent from Filipinos. Amazing people, amazing music industry, that’s all I can say.”

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