Year full of high notes for Marlisa
IT HAS been almost a year since Glendenning’s Marlisa Punzalan was announced the winner of The X Factor.
In that time, Marlisa, 15, (pictured) has toured the Philippines, performed at dozens of corporate and fundraising events and has an upcoming promotional competition for the Rock ‘n’ Royals Barbie DVD.
The singer has recently released her first co-written single Unstoppable in the Filippino language - in the country of her heritage - and in the Middle East. She hopes it will be released in Australia in November.
While some industry figures have criticised the effect of talent shows on an artist’s career in Australia, Marlisa said she was grateful for the profile boost.
“Going to The X Factor has benefited me,” she said. “It’s given me a fan base and made people recognise me. You get a contract with Sony; it’s just a dream come true.”
Leading talent agent Rob Woodburn agrees with her comments.
Mr Woodburn, The X Division director, noted how artists such as Guy Sebastian and Samantha Jade flourished in Australia.
“Internationally, look at One Direction, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Talent shows gave them exposure and the opportunity to showcase their talent.”
Mr Woodburn said talent shows had made the industry more accessible for undiscovered artists. “It gives artists access to a huge audience usually only afforded to seasoned veterans,” he said.