Julianne Tarroja

Julianne Tarroja

 Manila, National Capital Region, PHL
SoloAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

A captivating, critically-acclaimed award winning singer songwriter from the Philippines. Julianne’s music is a wonderful blend of technical artistry and melodic accessibility creating an atmosphere that is uniquely hers: moving, soothing & authentic.

In 2007, she bagged the trophy for Best Female and Best New Female Artist at Awit Awards, the most prestigious music awards in the Philippines. She's shared the stage with world class artists like Colbie Caillat, Jars Of Clay, Mute Math.

Biography

A captivating, critically-acclaimed, exquisite singer-songwriter from the Philippines, Julianne has effortlessly drawn audiences in through the sheer hypnosis of her soulful phrasing and the unadulterated pleasure that is her voice, stretching vowels artistically, with a focused stillness.  

Julianne’s music is a wonderful blend of technical artistry and melodic accessibility that provides an alluring invitation to stay and dwell a little longer in a musical atmosphere that’s uniquely hers: piercing, soothing and authentic.  

Factor in her solid guitar playing, oozing with jazz tones, an element of folk, and a slight hint of acoustic pop – you have the makings of an artist preordained for world-wide success.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Julianne began singing the age of three. Her parents being musicians themselves ensured that her childhood was filled with wonderful music. Her earliest influences include the Beatles, James Taylor, & standard jazz . As she grew older, Julianne’s artistry on guitar grew as well. Today she is one of the most prolific guitarists in the Philippines, able to create melodies and harmonies that speak volumes of where she is, where she is going and where she has been.

In 2008, she she took home the awards for Best Female Artist and Best New Female Artist at the Awit Awards, the Philippines’ most prestigious music awards in the Philippines. She also  has performed & shared the stage with world-class artists such as Grammy-winner Colbie Callait, Mute Math, Jars Of Clay, Jeremy Passion, Gary Valenciano, Rivermaya to name a few. Julianne has also performed on the international stage, touring with Sing Out Asia & performing in various events & music festivals in Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taipei & the United States. 

With her music that carries messages of hope, love, faith, she's been pegged as one of the most inspirational artists of her generation. Evident in her work, she is the founder of Ashes To Beauty Philippines, a movement that shares womens redemption stories. She also part of the core songwriters in Republikha.org. & Joomajam Philipppines, an Non profit organization that produces original music for children.

Julianne continues on with her musical journey with a new album that speak hope, faith & courage. Her new album, Ashes To Beauty was released June of 2015 & is available to download on all online stores. 

Lyrics

Ashes To Beauty

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
I stand and I smile
Like I’m strong
And I hide behind
This curtain of light
Saying to myself

I am where I belong
As I bear myself in this song
Do you hear who I am
Would you care to sing along

VERSE 2:
Do you feel you’re in a desert place
Where everything’s unknown
No comfort in what used to be
Nothing feels like home

Quiet is your scream for help
Fear may have set up
But understand you’re not alone
I can hear you from within

REFRAIN:
But I don’t mind as long as I find
One familiar feeling
Let me speak to your heart
Here I stand letting you
There’s someone else here
Who is healing
Were dealing

CHORUS:
Will you stand with me
As we face this fire
Let this burning truth
Let it purify
Every part of me
And in the end we’ll see that
All of these ashes
Will be turned to beauty

VERSE 3:
Admit it

We've fallen for less lovers
Oh so easily
Believed in all their promises
That turned out to be

But mirages in the distance
Blinding our eyes
From seeing the One who can truly satisfy

BRIDGE:
Now all that’s left is buried in the sand
But I believe what is to come
Is already beautiful before it can begin
A new dawn is near at hand

Buwan

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
Tumila na ang ulan
Hinihintay ka na nga pagsikat ng buwan
Hawak nya pangarap mo
Abot kamay ibibigay sayo

CHORUS:
Maririnig
Madarama
Aawitin musika ng buhay mo
Maririnig
Madarama
Aawitin musiko ng buhay mo

VERSE 2:
Di mo napansin yakap ka ng kalangitan
Bawat sulyap saakin
Nakabantay lang
Humayo ka
Kasama mo ako
Wag kang matatakot dala ko ang puso mo

VERSE 3:
Lakad na kahit pikit mata
Kapit lang wag kang mag-alala
Samama ka lang wag ka nang magtanong
Hindi kita iiwan
Kailan ba nangyari yon?

Fly

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
I wanna look into your eyes
And see an un-consuming fire burning
I wanna stand stricken by silence
From your face glowing

Oh my if you could only see what I see
I see a man who’s full of endless possibility
And I don’t know anybody who is like you
And if you ask me

CHORUS:
I wanna see you fly
Don’t let anybody else
Or anything clip your wings
Just soar
Created to be great
You were made for something more

VERSE 2:
The best story ever told and I got a front
And I watch it wonder
I want you to be bold
I want you to be strong
And conquer

Oh if you could only see yourself through my eyes
I see a man who’s loved & worth every sacrifice
And I don’t know anybody who is like you
And if you ask me

OUTRO:
The promise land is just around the bend
Let the wind take your wings and bring you home

Here And Now

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
It seems that I’ve been for you forever
And I can’t hold this in any longer
Coz its been weighing in my heart
That you and I have been apart
And I wonder if you’re feeling
The same way still

VERSE 2:
Its been too long since the last time
I’ve seen your lovely face
And I’m holding on to memories
And all what we shared that day
When you told me that you love me
And that you wish you could stay
I wonder how it would be if
You were here today

CHORUS:
Here and now is what we have
So here and now is what I’ll take
But I need to know the truth
If all this is worth the wait

Here and now is where I am
And here and now is where
I need you to be
But I’ll stay if you tell me

VERSE 3:
I this time I know
you’ve been out there
Looking up into the heavens
saying a prayer
Are you asking the same questions
That I’ve had for all these years
Will we ever be together
And have each other near

VERSE 4:
Coz for some reason
I can’t explain
After everything we’ve been through
Our hearts still beat the same
Rhythm and rhyme
We stood the test of time
But only God can tell
If I am yours and you are mine

Ikaw Lang

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
Dahan dahan
Bawat hakbang patungo
Sa mabuting kalagayan

Di man naiintindihan
Kung bakit kailangan
Kong daanan

REFRAIN:
Itong pagsubok
Na inilaan para sa akin
Naghahanap ng kahit konting
Paghuhugutan ng lakas
Nang maalala ko
Pinaalala mo

CHORUS:
Ikaw lang ang tangi kong maakabayan
Ikaw lang ang di susuko pag wala na akong pakialam
Ikaw lang ang tangi kong gabay at ilaw ko
Ikaw lang ang kaisa-isang maaasahan ko

VERSE 2:
Alam ko mahirap minsan
Magpatuloy manalig at kumapit
Lalo na'y ibinigay mo na ang lahay
Para tila kulang parin
Kay rami ng tanong mo
Lahat ay nakabitin

Melacholly Moon

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE1:
Melancholy moon
Why are you hiding from me
Way behind the clouds far away for me to see

Melancholy moon
I miss the sparkle your eyes
Remember the last you looked at me
I smiled

Oh don't be shy

CHORUS:
Coz you are my faithful witness
You are my every watchful eye
You never slumber or sleep
Your finger's on my heartbeat
At the end of the day I pray
You'll find me faithful
You'll find me

VERSE 2:
Melancholy moon
Do you take so much
Watching me walk towards your guiding light
Melancholy moon is that a frown wrong side up
Or is it simply a smile up side down

Melancholy moon
Please show me what you see
Above the clouds your love abounds
Beyond it all so I may be
Melancholy moon I speak to you this way
Hoping you're hearing me tho you are far away

Melancholy moon don't be shy

7000 Miles To Grow

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:

August rushed in
And hearts started beating
Faster than it should
When I thought that it never would
You said hello pushing my lines a little more
But as swiftly as you came
You said see you later

REFRAIN:
You said the next time around maybe we can say forever
You said the next time around maybe we can stay together
The next time around maybe we can say forever
The next time around it really ought to be better than this

CHORUS:
This is not the time for to and fro
This is not the time to decide who goes fast or slo
This is not about what's wrong or right
Coz we both already know
This is the time to be wise
This is a time to grow

VERSE 2:
Now its September
And I'm walking these streets with my heart on my shoulder
You're out of sight but you've been on my mind
Me and you, me and you
So much to say nothing to do
And with all the unsaid
Much is understood

OUTRO:
I'm telling the truth in love
Coz there's no room for fear in love

Never Far

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
Savouring the silence within
In the midst of all that roars around me
All of my emotions are kept in
At this place where things are fleeting

I just wanna hear you
I just wanna feel you

CHORUS:
If I find where the sea meets the stream
Will it take me to where you are
Will it take me to where you are
Even if I meet you in my dreams
Just take me to where you are
Take me to where you are

VERSE 2:
Blank faces but inside they are screaming
My heart is beating fast
But my hands arent shaking
Here I go again am aiting to be found
Trying to find all my solace
As I drown out in this crowd

I just wanna hear you
I just wanna feel you

BRIDGE:
Why did I even have to look around
All the answers in Your book
Is where I found
Here in my heart I right where You are
And its just like what You said
You are never far from me

One Step

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
Rise and shine
Coz it’s a brand new day
Time to get up on your feet
Better things are coming your way
Tear down those curtains
And let the light in
Open up
Lovely eyes
No more hiding

CHORUS:
All it takes is one step
One step
No matter how small you think it is
You gotta keep
Pushing on…pushing on…pushing on
All it takes is one step
One step
So we can finally begin
You gotta keep
Moving on…moving on…moving on

VERSE 2:
I know it hasn’t been easy
You’re stronger than you think you are
You’ve got nothing left to prove
And though its hitting you hard
Don’t let it tear you apart

OUTRO:
One step in front of the other
One step
Then take another
One step
One step at a time

Warning Sign

Written By: Julianne Tarroja

VERSE 1:
Oh so easily
You seeped into my sanity
Oh see smoothly
Dissecting every part of me

Oh you came across as someone who knew
Exactly how to read between my lines
Like I was spelling it our for you

REFRAIN:
The look in your eyes disarming
The way that you moved
Fascinated me
How could I disapprove
When I already had a feeling about you

CHORUS:
You were a warning sign
A RED LIGHT
Flashing before my very eyes
I should've never underestimated
A warning sign
A RED LIGHT
Was meant to keep us alive
We should've heeded not proceeded with all this

VERSE 2:
Oh we reciprocated to each other undeniably
We could've had something good if only
We cared enough to take it slow

Oh we spilling myself too fast too early
I should've known better than to let you get to me
Now you're slipping through my finger tips
The thought of you keep lingers

OUTRO:
You're spirit may be willing
But you're flesh is very weak
You fall the very minute that you think you can handle it

Discography

STUDIO ALBUMS

  • Ashes To Beauty (2015)
1. Ashes To Beauty [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
2. Buwan [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
3. Fly [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
4. Here And Now [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
5. Ikaw Lang [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
6. Melancholy Moon [Music by: Julianne Tarroja / Lyrics by: Jonmarc De Guzman & Julianne Tarroja]
7. 7000 Miles To Grow [Music by: Julianne Tarroja]
8. Never Far [Music by: Julianne Tarroja / Lyrics by: Jonmarc De Guzman & Julianne Tarroja]
9. One Step [Music by: Julianne Tarroja]
8. Warning Sign [Music by: Julianne Tarroja]

  • Grateful (MCA MUSIC | 2007)

1. Tulak Ng Bibig [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
2. Grateful [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
3. Choose To Believe [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
4. Queen In Me [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
5. Let In Rain [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
6. Unsaid [Music & Lyrics by: Julianne Tarroja]
7. Healing [Music by: Julianne Tarroja / Lyrics by: Jonmarc De Guzman & Julianne Tarroja]
8. Empty Chairs [Music by: Julianne Tarroja / Lyrics by: Carisse Escueta & Julianne Tarroja]
9.Thank You [Music by: Julianne Tarroja / Lyrics by: RJ Manese & Julianne Tarroja]


SINGLES

  • "Tulak ng Bibig" (2007)
  • "Grateful" (2007)
  • "Queen In Me (2007)
  • "This is Me" (CAMP ROCK OST | ASIA) (2008)
  • "Liwanag" (2009)
  • "Fly" (2011)
  • "Ikaw Lang" (2012)