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Charlene Chua
Thursday, Jun 5, 2014

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S'pore teen to perform at Black Eyed Peas concert in LA

The New Paper | Charlene Chua | Thursday, Jun 5, 2014

Miguel Antonio Vedanaigam and apl.de.ap

Local child singing sensation Miguel Antonio Vedanaigam is finally set for the big time after first catching the eye of Black Eyed Peas member apl.de.ap two years ago.

The 39-year-old Filipino-American rapper-producer has invited the 13-year-old singer to perform at the Greek Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles this Sunday for The Rebuild Philippines Benefit Concert.

Miguel, the only singer from Singapore, will share the stage with other international acts like Black Eyed Peas, QBert, DJ Amino, Talib Kweli and W3.

Proceeds from the concert ticket sales will go to the victims of typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last November and left several provinces destroyed in its wake.

As the youngest singer at the gig, Miguel - whose mum is Filipino and dad Singaporean-Indian - will be singing Hope Of One Voice, an original song written by Ms Elim Chew, the owner of local clothing company 77th Street.

Miguel will be recording a few singles in apl.de.ap's studio - including his original composition, a gospel song titled Rescue, slated for release in Asia.

He rose to fame three years ago after HOT FM91.3 DJ Cheryl Miles, a family friend, shared a YouTube video of him singing I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables on her Facebook page.

Miguel told The New Paper over the phone yesterday: "I'm really excited and slightly nervous to be performing at the concert.

"apl.de.ap is very cool and down-to-earth and he says he's going to take us around Hollywood, to try the street tacos and everything.

"I'm also looking forward to recording in (Black Eyed Peas frontman) will.i.am's studio, it's one of the most advanced studios around." It started two years ago when apl.de.ap visited Singapore and met Miguel at a concert and was blown away after he heard him sing.

Last year, apl.de.ap set up a new Singapore-based record label and brand marketing company called BMBX (short for boombox) Entertainment to boost the profile of music artists in the region.

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