“Di Ka Akin” by Julie Anne San Jose, 28, and Gary Valenciano, 58, has been released under Universal Records. The collaboration song is the first release after Universal Records Philippines announced its official partnership with Singapore-based music label Cross Ratio Entertainment.
The partnership was officially announced on August 4, 2022. It aims to strengthen and promote Southeast Asian music around the globe and bridge the gap between artists and audiences in neighboring countries, bringing them closer to new and existing fans in the region.
Valenciano and San Jose are celebrated as two of Universal Records Philippines’ most sought after artists for many years. Their new collaboration song features a hypnotic mellow vibe, giving listeners an opportunity to really just let out their emotions during the times that they feel like they cannot move on from a lost love.
The gorgeous pop ballad with San Jose’s writing and vocals on full display easily impressed Valenciano, a reason why he said yes to this collaboration in a heartbeat. For him, an excellent artist like her does not come very often.
For San Jose, the whole experience about this collaboration is a dream come true. Valenciano said it was an opportunity he did not want to miss.
San Jose wrote “Di Ka Akin” in 2021. Its music video features Mark Liwag and Chelina Talavera.
Valenciano was born in Santa Mesa, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines to Vicente Calacas Valenciano and Grimilda Santiago Ortiz. Vincente is a Bicolano while Ortiz is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent.
Gary’s debut studio album “Gary” was released by Blackgold Record in 1984. His most recent studio album “@ Primetime” was released by Star Music in 2016.
Also in 2016, San Jose released her third and most recent album “Chasing the Light” under GMA Music. Her self-titled studio album was released in 2012 also by GMA Music.
San Jose was born in Quezon City, Metro Manila to Jonathan Roque San Jose and Marivic Camzon Peñaflorida. Jonathan is a computer operator while Peñaflorida is a gym instructor.