Artist Spotlight: Jimmy Borja, Songwriting Workshop Clinician

A photo from the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra Songwriting Workshop.

This artist spotlight was originally published on Aug. 11, 2018. It’s been updated for us to share again to get ya’ll excited about a full orchestra performing Jimmy Borja’s holiday hit “Sana Ngayong Pasko!,” originally sung by Ariel Rivera. Watch it at our holiday concert on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.!

Our special two-day songwriting workshop on Aug. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy is just around the corner! Here’s more info on our special workshop here and our registration form here! Get to know one of our accomplished workshop clinicians, songwriter Jimmy Borja, in this last artist spotlight of the series!

1. Jimmy’s most popular song is “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin.” You can hear it on Sarah Geronimo’s variety show “Sarah G Live!,” the teleserye “Tayong Dalawa” and on “The Voice of the Philippines” (“The Voice Kids Philippines” too!) It even inspired a 2013 teleserye of the same name (and it was the show’s theme song of course!) Here’s a recent rendition of the song by its original artist, Lani Misalucha!

2. Jimmy’s credentials are incredible. He’s won Awit Awards for Best Ballad Recording, Best Country-Ballad Recording and Best Regional Recording. His songs have been performed and recorded by Jed Medala, Ogie Alcasid, Rachelle Ann Go, Regine Velasquez, the Philippine Madrigal SingersLea Salonga, and the list goes on! He’s in demand as a songwriting clinician as well. He’s conducted songwriting workshops in Nashville, Chicago and Los Angeles!

3. Wanna hear Jimmy sing one of his works? We’ve got you. Here’s his performance of his song “Truest Heart.”

4. Jimmy is a songwriter of great breadth. While his songs are a mainstay in the OPM songbook, he’s made significant contributions to the Nashville music scene—and to EDM! Check out this remix he did for Armin van Buuren!

5. P. S. We’d like to share one of his newest composition with ya’ll. Here’s “Sinking My Heart” by the “Queen of Soul” herself, Jaya!

Learn the fundamentals of songwriting from Jimmy Borja and Dodjie Simon at our Songwriting Workshop Aug. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Glendale Adventist Academy at 700 Kimlin Dr, Glendale, CA 91206. For more information, check out our workshop event page here. Apply here. Questions? Email pr@fasofoundation.org

Watch us Jimmy’s work on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.! Tickets for “A Joyous Christmas With FASO” are available here and are priced at $25, $45, $55, and $65.

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