Sydney-born independent singer, songwriter, and producer grentperez unlocks this place—whether in the studio, on stage, or under the watchful eye of the computer camera in his childhood bedroom. Generating over 15 million YouTube views, amassing nearly half-a-million streams, and attracting an audience of 320K subscribers, his handcrafted D.I.Y. pop instantly soothes on a series of 2020 singles and more to come.
“On days where I don’t feel good, I’ll pick up a guitar, and it just makes me feel better,” he admits. “I heavily believe in everything I sing. Whatever it is, I try to put myself in a position to relate and fully immerse myself in all of the words.”
As if by fate, he immersed himself in music during his childhood in Sydney. Growing up as the youngest of three kids in a Filipino family, he listened to The Eagles, The Beatles, and Queen with his dad before moving on to the likes of Musiq Soulchild. A diligent YouTube search might even unearth videos of a six-year-old grentperez on the microphone! Eventually, he received his first nylon string acoustic and taught himself Jeremy Passion’s “Lemonade,” learning chords, shapes, and plucking patterns. At the end of 2013, he launched his YouTube channel. Under the influence of ASMR queen Alaina Castillo, he introduced his own “sing u to sleep” series highlighted by popular covers of Daniel Caesar (1.6 million views), Rex Orange County (1 million views), Plain White T’s (800K views), and many more.
At the top of 2020, he found himself at a crossroads as a freshman in college.
“It was either, ‘Finish Uni’ or ‘Do music’,” he recalls. “Guess what I chose?”
He served up his first original single “Wait For You” and racked up 175K Spotify streams as “Dreams” followed with another 270K Spotify streams. Along the way, he perfected his own “laidback chill sound with a lot of soul.” That style crystallizes on his 2020 single “In My Heart.” A showcase for his dynamic vocals, delicate guitar, and nuanced production (punctuated by a whistle), it reaches for a heightened level of intimacy.
“I’ve been writing a lot about various love interests,” he smiles. “I wanted to do something very sweet and straight-to-the-point here. Once you hear the title, you already know what it’s going to be about. The main premise, is no matter where you go or how far you’ll get from me, a piece of you will always be in my heart.”
As he releases more tunes, grentperez will ultimately find his way into your heart too.
“When you listen to me, I want you to feel relaxed,” he leaves off. “I hope this is something you can replay, fall asleep to, or drive to. Maybe you take a piece of how I am from it too. That would be pretty cool.”