Kiana Valenciano performs in SXSW

An award-winning singer-songwriter, Kiana Valenciano opened the first quarter of 2022 with the release of her latest single titled ‘Heartbeat On Me.’

An award-winning singer-songwriter, Kiana Valenciano opened the first quarter of 2022 with the release of her latest single titled ‘Heartbeat On Me.’

Kiana Valenciano continues to create waves in the US. Her latest feat was her performance at the prestigious SXSW (South By Southwest) music festival in Austin, Texas on March 16. She was the Philippines' representative alongside other representatives from Asia namely, Haru Nemuri from Japan, and HAEPAARY and Y2K92 from South Korea.

The festival, which opened on March 14, will continue until March 20 in Austin, Texas. The first in-person edition of SXSW in two years, more than 240 artists are slated to grace the stage.

Valenciano, an award-winning singer-songwriter, opened the first quarter of 2022 with the release of her latest single titled “Heartbeat On Me,” which was accompanied by a vibrant music video that was directed by filmmaker and Valenciano's brother, Gab.

“Heartbeat On Me,” with its infectious synths and gently tapping drums, showcases Kiana's instantly striking voice. It's a sun-kissed delight that that pays homage to her native Philippines. With the immediacy of Tinashe and the knack for undeniable melody of Aaliyah, Kiana is a true powerhouse who possesses a quiet intensity that strikes bone deep.

A delectable confection of R&B and pop, the track pulls forward with its flirty sound and deftly punchy vocals. It's a display of both patience and a rush towards pleasure, never overdoing its pace, and sways seamlessly between emotive verses and an addictive call-and-response chorus.

“'Heartbeat On Me' is a song about when you feel like you can really dive in and fall in love with someone, but you want to make sure the feeling is mutual first. You want to know that they'll be there for you the way you are for them,” the artist shared.

“Heartbeat On Me” follows the release of her 5-track EP titled “Dazed,” which earned praise from Spin, NME, Hypebae, Office Magazine, Paper Magazine, and more.

Music has always been a permeating force in Valenciano's life. Her father, Gary, is one of the Philippines' most prolific musicians with an inspiring career spanning four decades.

All on her own, she's done her country proud, having received in the Philippines the 33rd Awit Awards People's Choice Award and various nominations for Awit Awards' Best Performance by a Female Artist, MYX Awards Mellow Video of the Year, Wish FM 107.5 Awards R&B Song of the Year and R&B Performance of the Year. She won the Best Performance by a New Recording Artist in 2015. Valenciano was also awarded the McMillan Woods Global Award for Most Promising Female Recording Artist of the Year in Malaysia in 2019.

Valenciano was featured on Spotify's NYC Times Square billboard in 2021 and will take fans behind the scenes with her travels to see the billboard and across the country on a MYX original series documenting her musical journey, titled “The Crossover.” The TV show will air globally on linear TV, myx.globaldigital, and on @myxglobal social media platforms.

With over 20+ million Spotify streams to date and Grammy.com calling her a Filipino artist to watch, Valenciano is poised to bring her R&B/Pop sound to the rest of the world.

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