R&B, pop singer and songwriter, Christina Bulatao (buh-lotto) has power. Power in her voice and power in her vision. "I love to sing. It is the way I express myself," she says. "My songs are about things going on in my life and the people around me."
2004 marked the release of Christina''s fourth CD, ''All About Love.'' The CD is the result of over a year''s worth of writing and experiencing. "Love has ups and downs. Over the last year I have had friends who have gone through some of both," Christina explains. "I spent the last year doing alot of writing and performing. Many of the things going on around me ended up on the CD."
Christina plans to continue her busy performance schedule in support of the new CD. Tour dates will include theatres, colleges, fairs, festivals and schools. Christina''s music is also found all over the internet. Before the closing of the site, Christina had over 315,000 plays on Mp3.com.
Christina released her first CD, ''Destiny'' in 2000 and her holiday CD, ''Feels Like Christmas'' in 2001. She has performed at 2 Presidential rallies. She was voted one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young South Dakotans. Christina has also been featured on local, regional, and international radio and TV. Not bad for a small-town girl from South Dakota.
"I was born in Yankton, South Dakota and grew up there. I was the oldest of 4 kids. We were raised by my single mom," Christina says. "We moved to Mitchell, South Dakota my freshman year in high school." In Mitchell Christina met her producer,Chad Sharp. The pair have been writing and recording together since 1994. That was the birth of independent record label, C-Sharp Productions.
Christina''s powerful voice brings up images of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera, but Christina Bulatao has a sound all her own. ''All About Love'' is Christina''s way of sharing that with the world.
Christina will be releasing a new CD in 2007.
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With a name like Smuckers and a voice like Christina Bulatao, it HAS to be good. Okay, she doesn''t jam or jelly on her new All About Love album, but then that''s because, well, it''s all about Love. It comes from the same wickedly confident, belting pop diva pipes that Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and but a few other too-rich women have been parading for years now. It''s time for a new pitch to throw, however, and Christina Bulatao not only has the talent for competing against these stalwarts, but she knows how to pop.
All About Love is Christina''s 4th album, written and produced by Chad Sharp and herself. The refreshing thing about this essentially ballad-filled album is the lack of cosmetics covering its musical face. You might call it minimalist pop with a shot of hip hop rhythm at times, but you''re not getting a light show with this one. You''re getting an intimate performance, as if the singer comes right up to your table, emitting the heartfelt words just for you and yours.
Also, it takes confidence to become completely naked to the listener. Don''t you wonder why many actresses or young singers start out in the dance genre? They cloth themselves in sound upon sound, hoping that sheer movement and distortion will disguise the fact that what you''re listening to is really a Name not a talent. Christina stands before you with nothing but a voice crooning ''All About Love'' or giving strength to an already beautiful ''Songbird,'' knowing that it is only song and singer that unite to make a truly uplifting experience. And she proves her worth 12 experiences out of 12.
The album took a year to complete, recorded at C-Sharp Productions in Mitchell, South Dakota, her current hometown. "Sometimes I write to a finished track that Chad puts together," says Christina. "I then write words and a melody. Other times we think of a melody and build off of that. I usually write about things I see happening around me."
The oldest of four kids, Christina was born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota. She was the oldest of four kids, raised by a single mom. They moved to Mitchell, SD in her freshman year in high school. Now she spends her time performing a vast array of material at local theatres, colleges, fairs, festivals and schools.
Her live set usually includes original songs. "I do have two songs from AAL that I have been performing. ''Songbird'' by Fleetwood Mac and ''Shine on Us'' by Michael W. Smith. We are putting together a band and will be doing more shows with that. Up to this point I have done shows with keyboards or tracks backing me up."
When you listen to the CD, you''ll realize it''s The Voice that keeps her in constant demand. "I have never had any professional training. I was in my junior high and high school choirs. This gave me creative energy and was good practice. I also taught myself from listening to my favorite singers. Definitely. Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston were flooding the airwaves when I was younger. I would listen to the radio all the time.
"On the new CD I feel like I really had a chance to use my voice. We went into it knowing we wanted strong songs that I could really get into. The style is just the sound that my producer Chad Sharp and I have. I think we have a signature sound that comes naturally. There is such a variety of music in the market now, but I still think ours would stand out and still be mainstream. My other CDs had more production elements, but this time we wanted to let the songs breathe more."
The current work is literally panting. It''s only right that a diva of this sort should go to the quieter side. If the songs herein don''t move you, you''re dead or think love is a kind of fish. "All About Love has a lot of powerful ballads on the CD. My other CDs had more upbeat pop songs. I also did two cover songs on ''All About...'' I hadn''t done that on the other CDs. My first CD, ''Destiny'' was R&B, pop and dance.....all original. I called it ''Destiny'' because I really feel music is my calling. The second CD, ''Feels Like Christmas'' featured all traditional carols. My 3rd CD, ''Christina Bulatao'' again had more urban pop, and it was like a journal of my life. All About Love is like a journal too, but it is more calm."
She has a long way to go in her career, but the talent is there, and that can''t be faked. What are her dreams? "My dream is to be happy doing music full-time and as comfortably as possible. I sing because it is how I express myself, and I love doing it. It is just a blessing when I have a chance to share it with people."