Anthea's journey to fulfillment

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

Straight from Carolinas

Saturday, January 18, 2014

THIS article is a sequel to the piece entitled “A Pinoy Star is Born” which tells the story of Anthea Neri.

Anthea will be walking down the red carpet soon not because she's a Hollywood star but because her name means “lady of flowers.”

Her mother, a doctor, fell in love with the name Anthea after a book she was reading at the time.


The last time I wrote about Anthea, I can tell that the Tagoloan heritage group of Tagoloanon, a Facebook page by New York-based Dedith Sabio-Arellano, wants to know more about Anthea Neri, whose paternal grandparents are from Tagoloan town, Misamis Oriental like Dedith.

As you may recall, Anthea didn't start out as a full-fledged singer. It was a long journey for her that started from being a school choir singer into a Pinoy Pop Superstar at GMA.

After working as a clinical laboratory instructor at Duke University here at Durham, North Carolina and arriving from the Philippines where she was a winner at the Pinoy Pop Superstar contest hosted by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez at GMA-7, Anthea decided it was time for a change.

She considered New York as a great place to start for the change she wanted. She moved to New York from North Carolina with four Tupperware containers filled with her things, an air bag and a dream.

Her dream wasn't in a “Ziploc bag” but in her heart. “I knew my life wasn't meant to be lived out as a medical technologist or researcher. I wanted to use my voice to make a difference in this world, to share my message and my passion for music, Anthea added.

She didn't know anything about Broadway or the recording industry. “I was a little scared, but my determination outweighed everything,” she said.

Anthea counts as her influences Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Heart, Pink, Beyonce and Barbra Streisand to name a few.

Straight from the Carolinas learned that her album is coming out later this year. When asked how she’d described her album, she has this to say: “A story set to music that mirrors my life.”

Anthea said the album is about “a woman from the distant future who discovers her personal legend. She travels through time, and ends up in the past in order to find her true calling in a world that is unlike her own.”

“She breaks free from a life that her society has mechanically programmed for her, to seek out freedom within herself, to spark the fire of passion within and to live her true calling. As you listen to each track, her story of self-discovery unveils,” Anthea said.

The head producer of Anthea's album is J. Michael Best, owner of Brick x Brick Studios. His writing partner is Hector Marin of New York while Steven Hero Productions handles the PR.

Like her, those interested in pursuing a music career should do so because there is nothing to fear.

“Take steps and go after what makes you happy. It is just like pursuing arts or anything that is isn’t the regular norm for many in life. You should live your own passion, live the life you want,” Anthea said.

To find success and happiness, Anthea said people should read “The Alchemist" by author Paul Coelho, who tells a “beautiful story about finding your true personal legend.” Anthea said she finds it sad that people nowadays hesitate to go after their true calling because they are scared of what might not happen. She said it's better to change one's mindset and focus on fulfilling his or her dreams and not what family or society tells them to do.

“Work hard, practice your music and don't give up. You don't have to impress everyone in the audition room, just be your best self. You are one of a kind, and no one can bring to this world what you can,” Anthea said.

She credits every bit of success that came her way to the time when she decided to take stock of what she had and wants and assume control of her life.

“I am truly grateful for the talented creative team behind my debut album, and we are truly blessed for the outpouring of love and support,” Anthea said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 18, 2014.


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