“Pagkakitaan na lang! » : Christian and Julie Anne on the use of pain for the benefit of their art


“Everybody Hurts” cover

How Christian Bautista and Julie Anne San Jose mend a broken heart?

Thank goodness he’s already married, Christian joked, but at the time he was trying all sorts of things to get by. “There were times when I immersed myself in work. I tried to spend time with my friends and family. I counted my blessings and ate lots of good food,” he said during a recent virtual talk for “Everybody Hurts,” his new duet with Julie Anne San Jose.

“But it’s really just a matter of time. Sometimes you move quickly; other times it takes longer,” said the 40-year-old singer, who has been married to his wife, Kat Ramnani, for three years. years now.

For Julie Anne, the best thing you can do to heal your heart is to “reflect and reconnect with yourself”.

“When you do that, you may end up finding things that can make you feel lighter. You may discover new things…become more open to showing off. We have different ways of coping, so find your sense of freedom and keep in mind that it will eventually pass,” she said, adding that having a good support system was also important.

“Surround yourself with your family, or people who can guide you and who love you,” added the 27-year-old singer-actress.

While romantic couples may find “Everybody Hurts” relatable, the single’s message is universal. Released by Universal Records, the song is about perseverance and positivity; daily struggles and harsh realities. He points out that although there are people with perseverance, resilience and courage, they are not invincible and are only human.

lift the spirits

“Everyone goes through something; life is not always made of happy things… We recognize these difficulties and try to find a silver lining,” said Julie Anne. “I think the message of the song is very timely and relevant.”

She hopes the “cathartic” vibe of the song can lift listeners’ spirits. “Everyone has bad days, but you have to keep going, because you need it. It’s a cycle. I hope the song can reassure everyone that there are better days ahead. So keep your head up,” she added. “Sometimes even the strongest and most capable people also need saving.”

Christian, meanwhile, said that despite the pandemic, artists like him and Julie Anne must continue to create music to connect and inspire people.

“’Everybody Hurts’ is a reminder to a friend or partner that you can’t avoid being hurt, no matter how hard you try to avoid it… It’s part of life. But it also promises that you’ll be there for that friend, partner or family member no matter what,” he said. “There are a lot of songs that say everything will be fine, but the reality is that everything will not be fine. You will be hurt. It’s just about dealing with the pain and finding someone you can trust.

Julie Anne San Jose (left) and Christian Bautista

While Christian and Julie Anne do their best not to let their personal issues spill over into their professional lives, there are times, they agreed, where pain can benefit their art.

“There are things that are out of your control… And I can usually filter out my issues when I’m feeling hurt and sad, so it doesn’t affect my work. But sometimes I use the pain to do something better, something that can help me sing,” Julie Anne said. “I use it as motivation and encourage myself. And sometimes pain helps me a lot when I’m writing a song.

more mature

“Yes, pagkakitaan na lang ang bread!” said Christian laughing. “Well, if you’ve just come out of a breakup and you have to perform some sad songs, then it’ll be so easy.”

While Julie Anne and Christian work together on the GMA 7 programs “The Clash” and “All-Out Sundays” and the musical series “Still”, the last time they recorded a song was in 2015, a cover of the love song “Cruisin.” That’s why they’re happy to have the opportunity to duet, now that they’re more mature.

“Before, I only watched his performances, so it’s always surreal to sing with him. It’s amazing to perform with such a good friend, a mentor that I look up to. How he is as a person reflects his work I admire his professionalism and wisdom,” she said.

“Working with her is always a pleasure, whether it’s singing live, recording a song or performing, because she always brings him an A game,” Christian said of Julie Anne. “The last duet we did was years ago, and I can say that our musical approach this time around was more mature.” INQ

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