Why this former “American Idol” drop out never gave up singing

NEW YORK – When singer-songwriter Kristin Corpuz tweeted “2016, I am so ready for you,” on New Year’s day, the Tampa, Fla. native Fil-Am knew exactly how to take her singing career to another level.

Corpuz said, “I wanna see the world, so I wanna be big enough where I can tour and go all over the globe. I wanna travel. I’ve been to the Philippines but I haven’t seen that much.”

Three months later, she was performing at Feinstein’s 54 Below – what was once the legendary Studio 54 night club in the 70s is now a supper club and one of the favorite hangouts in Broadway.

54 Below’s notable performers include Patti Lupone, Ben Vereen, Jennifer Holliday, and Broadway stars like her brother, Jon Viktor Corpuz, who plays the role of Prince Chulalongkorn in the “King and I”.

“I am so proud of my sister tonight. I can’t even describe it. I was like beaming from the audience,” Jon Victor said. “It’s so good to see her on a New York stage, like killing it. So amazing.”

Kristin is currently one of the seven Presidential scholars at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.

Her first taste of show business goes back to American Idol’s season 11 when the celebrity judges told her, “You are going to Hollywood.”

“That was the season when Philip Phillips won. Fun fact — Philip Phillips and I auditioned in the same city. We sat next to each other the entire audition process,” she said. “I got cut the first round of Hollywood week which was totally ok.”

But that did not stop her from pursuing a singing career.

“I definitely grew a thicker skin. It’s hard when people tell you no,” she said. “Hearing no a lot of times, people telling you no you’re not good enough to make it past this round on a TV show, it makes you grow up a little bit,” she said.

A self-proclaimed hard-core feminist, Kristin today also uses her music to talk about women’s rights issues such as cat-calling and sexual harassment.

If you want to change the world, you have to tell people what they’re doing is wrong. You cannot let your friends watch you get call-called and not do anything about it”, she said. “You can say something back. You should feel empowered to say something back.”

Kristin is in the process of recording her EP.

To help raise funds for recording costs, she will be hosting her first acoustic live stream show on Thursday night via Concert Window — a live broadcast app where viewers can send tips or rewards and the artists can get paid 70 percent of revenue the next day via Paypal.

Viewers who send a $20 tip will receive a signed copy of the EP which will be released in December.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com

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