Music heals…Take it from L.A. Santos
“My vision as a singer is to contribute something in the music industry, not only through my songs. I know it’s impossible to do that as of this moment, but that is something I have to work on. That is my ultimate dream.”
After months of waiting, his debut self-titled album was finally released nationwide, under Star Music. And L.A. (Leonard Antonio) Santos felt excited and overwhelmed with the kind of support he got from his family and his record studio. The album has nine tracks, and six are all original compositions. And the cover song “When I Was Your Man” (by Bruno Mars), also in the album, was given to him and has the exclusive right to record the song in the Asian region.
At 17 and stands at 5’11’’, L.A. claimed that singing was not really a career he wanted to pursue. He wanted to be a basketball player. In fact, he’s a UST high school varsity player. But because of the encouragement he got from his mom (Florita Santos), the teenager bloomed to be the next singing sensation in the coming months.
“Music became my passion,” said the young recording artist. “Pag nasa taas na kasi ako ng stage, I feel relaxed and happy. At doon ako nag-eenjoy. And I want to share whatever talent I have, and my music to everyone.” Before L.A. started singing, he took voice lessons for three years. “My mom told me that I can sing so she encouraged me na mag voice lessons para mas gumanda and to develop my own style in singing. At first, talagang ayoko ng music, minsan nag-aargue kami ng mommy ko kasi talagang she kept on encouraging me. Hanggang sa nagustuhan ko na ang kumanta. Now music has become my life. And I would like to thank my mom for the patience and the love. And I know she’s always there for me.”
Not known to many, L.A. was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), since he was a baby. He was already six years old when he learned to talk. But because of the love he gets from his family, and the patience and encouragement from his mom Flor, who is a businesswoman and a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), he was cured at the age of 12.
Since he started to talk, Flor encouraged her son to be preoccupied with anything, especially when he’s not in school. Whether it’s sports or music, she never failed to support L.A. “Every time there is a party I always tell him to sing because I feel that he would be doing good if he pursue music. And until now, I’m always here, with his brother and sister, to support this new endeavor in his life as a recording artist. And believe me, music really heals and it really made L.A. recover from that. But more than that, it is the unconditional love, the patience and understanding that you give to your child.”
As a singer, L.A. he already appeared as guest performer in several concerts both from local and international artists, such us the King and Queen of OPM (Resorts World, April 29, 2017), Patti Austin Live in Manila (Lia Theater, Feb. 4, 2017 and Water Front Cebu City, April 3), Air Supply Concert (Solaire Resort &Casino, February 2015), and Stylistics Concert (The Theater, Solaire Hotel, March 2014).
For his debut album, L.A. sang six OPMsongs and some were written by three noted composers, namely, Garth Garcia, Jonathan Manalo and Joel Mendoza. “I love all their songs because it truly reflects me as a person and a singer. And I’m very thankful that they became part of this,” said the young singer.
As a high school teenager, L.A. described himself as, “Young, wild and free, kasi masayahin ako.”