Album by TonyaJae from Guam, Carlo V. nominated for the San Diego Music Awards | Way of life

Guam artists Tonya Jae and Carlo V.’s album “Sweet Talk” was nominated for the 31st San Diego Music Awards for Best RnB, Funk or Soul Album.

Fans can vote for their album, which was recorded at New Waves Studios in Guam, online through Tuesday. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 19 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego.

TonyaJae, also known as Tonya Jaemarie Terlaje Ascura, is a former resident of Hågat. Last year, the 26-year-old singer won ‘Best Pop Song’ for her track ‘Leave The House’ at the San Diego Music Awards.

TonyaJae holds a Guam flag that her family and friends in the audience waved when her win for Best Pop Song was announced at the 30th San Diego Music Awards on August 24, 2021.

Working behind the scenes, Carlo V., or Carlo Villegas, is a 23-year-old producer and mixing engineer from Dededo.

The two musicians now live in San Diego, California and collaborated on “Sweet Talk”, which was released on June 7, 2021. The album radiates on the theme of love in all its forms, especially love. self.

“The message of the album was just to have fun and know your worth,” TonyaJae said. “I think it’s about our current generation because we find it hard to love ourselves most of the time.”

According to Carlo V., creating the album was a different experience for everyone involved.

“It’s nice to get together in a creative space and create songs from scratch, especially when we have no lyrics, no melody, or no idea what a song would sound like when it’s finished,” said Carlo V.. “We are slowly starting to feed on other people’s ideas and we have never failed to do so.”

As a producer, creating chords and melodies in relation to the theme of the album is sometimes difficult for Carlo V. Having TonyaJae in the same room made the whole process much easier, he said .

“We were constantly throwing ideas at each other to let us know what sounded good and what sounded like trash,” Carlo V said. accustomed.”

For those looking for opportunities in the music industry, TonyaJae said to constantly create tracks, network, and don’t be afraid to spread your art to the world.

She discovered the San Diego Music Awards Show through a good friend and director.

“That’s one of the reasons why the work is split between different people who specialize in specific areas,” said Carlo V. “Collaborating with other people will not only make your music sound better, but will also open doors many more opportunities down the road.”

TonyaJae is thrilled to win another music award for Guam with Carlo V.

“I hope we can win another award for all of you and continue to make you proud.”

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