"MUSIC HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS."
Jeremy Passion Manongdo is a singer/songwriter/producer known for his soulful, melodic voice, and delivers his music with messages on love, life and faith. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, he grew up with an immense appreciation and love for music. At age 4, he taught himself to play piano and, at 15, started songwriting. By the following year he was self-taught on the guitar and developed his talents into his signature style today.
Considered a “YouTube sensation” to his fans and musical peers, he is acknowledged as a pioneer of the acoustic R&B /soul movement on the internet. Passion was one of the first Asian-Americans to go viral online with his famous original songs “Lemonade” and “Well Done,” and his acoustic covers of “So Sick” and “Cater 2 U” featuring Melvin Gutierrez, aka, MelvinSings. His subscriber base has exceeded 287,000 followers and has over 37 million channel views.
Passion is an avid traveler as he has toured across North America and internationally in more than a dozen countries. He has performed with artists including Colbie Caillat, Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly, Bobby Valentino, Jo Koy, Ernie Halter, Alain Clark and Goapele, among others. In addition to his writing and vocal talents, he is also an up-and-coming producer, creating tracks for Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slim (112), Megan Rochelle and more.
Along from his love for music, Passion has a heart for people. After doing volunteer work in Ghana in 2007, he was inspired to kick off The Empty Suitcase Project in Tanzania -- a music and arts project with the mission to provide kids with an opportunity to find their own creative passions. Passion hopes to take The Empty Suitcase Project to the Philippines in the near future.
The essence of Passion’s “Music with a Message” is to inspire through personal stories about family, faith and relationships. He values maintaining who he is as a creative artist, even if it means swimming against the mainstream current. Passion believes that music is an international language and has the power to change things. He says,
"If you're a singer, artist, dancer or painter, and you get 'views' for doing something you really enjoy doing, use it to help others, to nourish, encourage and inspire other people."
In late 2011, Jeremy Passion teamed up with producer Jesse Barrera (formerly from San Diego-based band, My American Heart) and independently released his first full-length album "For More Than a Feeling,” along with a concept EP entitled "Pixelated." "For More Than a Feeling" reached No. 4 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts, and “Pixelated” -- dedicated to long-distance relationships -- reached the No. 9 spot.
Currently, Jeremy Passion is in the process of writing and producing his sophomore LP set to release in 2017.