Filipa is an exciting South African singer and songwriter worth watching. In winning the RyanSeacrest.com’s cover song competition, she gained wide recognition with a stellar rendition of One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. ♬♪ Her soulful voice and innate charm have assured her a place in the hearts of many fans.
The contest catapulted her to instant stardom in South Africa and gave her a global platform to focus on releasing her own original music. She released her debut single, “Chills”, on RyanSeacrest.com to rave reviews and later the song “Little White Lie”, which quickly climbed the iTunes and South African radio charts,landing in the top five on 5FM and Jacaranda FM in 2016.
With the success of her releases in South Africa, Filipa set her sights on the US market. She started traveling to New York and Los Angeles to work with various accomplished producers and songwriters, most notably, platinum-selling songwriter, Pam Sheyne (best known for Christina Aguilera’s global hit, “Genie in a Bottle”), who has worked with Filipa for the past year and a half and has been instrumental in helping Filipa craft her stories into great pop songs.
Filipa’s real life experiences are also her musical gift. She has the ability to tell her stories in a real and raw way that is relatable, unashamed and authentic. What makes her unique is that she pushes herself past pop predictability crafting her own lane of “transparent pop” that gives her the freedom to speak her mind through her songs.
Driven and determined, she is not only an artist, but a student as well. She is currently enrolled in Harvard’s extension online platform.
Filipa told The New Nine, “I absolutely love how raw and beautiful the message of this song is….The best way to cover a song and make it more suited to your own style is simply performing it in the way that it personally relates to you most. I related to this song in a more somber way and so I performed it that way too.”