Christian Joseph Morata Bautista (born October 19, 1981), more popularly known by his screen name Christian Bautista, is a Filipino-British singer, actor, host, and model. He was a finalist of Star In A Million, a Philippine reality show aired on ABS-CBN channel, winning 4th place in the competition in 2003. After the contest, he signed a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines and released his self-titled debut album, Christian Bautista. The multi-platinum album established his name as an OPM artist with songs such as "The Way You Look at Me", "Colour Everywhere" and "Hands to Heaven". The singer gained popularity not only in the Philippines but in other countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
|Birth name||Christian Joseph Morata Bautista|
|Born||October 19, 1981|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actor, host, model|
|Labels||Warner Music |
Universal Records (Philippines)
Aquarius Musikindo (Indonesia)
Bautista has also collaborated with fellow Filipino singers Nina, Sitti, Rachelle Ann Go, Sarah Geronimo, Sheryn Regis, Erik Santos and Mark Bautista. He regularly appears in ABS-CBN's variety show ASAP 18.
Life and music careerEdit
Childhood and youthEdit
Bautista studied grade school and high school at the International Christian Academy, which also hailed other Filipino actors such as Ryan Eigenmann, Geoff Eigenmann, Rico Yan and Billy Joe Crawford. He then took up landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines Diliman, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a table tennis varsity player during college before focusing on singing and entering showbiz.
2003–2004: Star in a Million and self-titled albumEdit
Bautista gained popularity after becoming the first grand finalist on ABS-CBN’s reality singing competition Star In A Million. Though placing only 4th overall, he quickly become one of the most popular contestants, and was offered a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines shortly after he was eliminated from the show. He released the single "The Way You Look at Me", in 2004 from his self-titled album.
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The song, penned by American composers Andrew Fromm and Keith Follese, received frequent airplay in Indonesian radio stations and Bautista became an instant hit overseas that record label Warner Indonesia decided to bring him there to perform for his growing Indonesian fanbase.
Completely, Christian Bautista’s second album, received a Platinum Record Award on its first week of release in the Philippines. The album spawned the singles "Everything You Do", "Invincible", and "She Could Be", a song which was later covered by Corbin Bleu of High School Musical fame. Completely has also reached platinum status in Indonesia.
A special edition of the album Completely, which combines Christian's English songs from his debut and second albums, was later launched in Singapore where "The Way You Look at Me" also topped local charts.
In 2005, RCTI aired a musical special entitled Completely: Christian Bautista where he performed with Indonesian artists 40-piece Magenta Orchestra, Andi Rianto, Krisdayanti and Titi DJ. In the same year, Bautista was cast as one of the leads in Kampanerang Kuba, a musical fantasy television series broadcast by ABS-CBN.
Banking on his massive following among young fans in Indonesia, Bautista has been tapped by San Miguel Corporation to endorse its new line of soft beverage products in the Asian region, starting with Indonesia. Christian also endorses a new mobile content provider based in Jakarta called Star SMS, and soon for Oishi food products in the Philippines, and Indonesia.
2006–2007: Just a Love Song...Live! and Inspired TourEdit
Bautista released his third major album, Just a Love Song... Christian Bautista Live! in 2006 also under the Warner Music Philippines. The album, the first live album by the singer, is mainly composed of covers of different old-time hit love songs and was recorded live in a Teatrino Bar in Greenhills with a small number of audience, which are mostly specially invited fans of the singer. Follow up to the success of the live album was the release of his very first live DVD under the same title in early 2007.
Bautista debuts as an actor on the big screen in Regal Entertainment's 2006 Metro Manila Film Festival entry Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di. In this film directed by Joel Lamangan and written by Abi Lam-Parayno, Dode Cruz and Andrew Paredes, Christian plays Timothy a.k.a. Felix Yan, an Asian pop star, providing support to the bankable love team of Angel Locsin and Richard Gutierrez. The single "My Heart Has A Mind of Its Own" from "Completely" is used as one of the film’s soundtrack.
He collaborated with Rachelle Ann Go on the song "Pag-ibig Na Kaya?", a Filipino version of "Perhaps Love" (originally sung by Howl & J), that was used in the Koreanovela Princess Hours, aired on ABS-CBN.
Bautista re-released Just a Love Song...Live including a CD of different Christmas songs.
2008: West Side Story and CapturedEdit
Bautista was included in the Valentine Concert on February 13, 2007, Ol 4 Luv, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum with Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos and Sarah Geronimo.
Bautista's live album, Just a Love Song...Live!, sold close to Double Platinum following the release of the repackaged Christmas edition containing his rendition of Gary Valenciano's "Pasko Na Sinta Ko" as well as other Christmas songs.
A musical talk show starring Bautista, The Christian Bautista Show, also aired on the Makisig Network. Bautista also won the award for Favorite Musical Artist Act at the first Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Philippines, held in 2008.
Alongside Filipina singer Karylle, Bautista was also a part of the theatrical cast of West Side Story in 2008.
2009: Romance RevisitedEdit
Early 2009, Bautista released his last single for Captured, Limutin Na Lang which featured a Music Video containing compilations of his videos and pictures from his past albums/album tours.
In 2009, Christian Bautista released his very first compilation, The Platinum Collection. It would be his last album released under Warner Music Philippines.
By early August 2009, Bautista had transferred to Universal Records. His first project under the recording label featured 19 tracks and songs originally performed by the legendary Jose Mari Chan. The album, Romance Revisited, rose to the top of the charts immediately after its release. Bautista performed several duets in the album, with popular pop stars Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha and Regine Velasquez who early in her career also collaborated with Chan.
2010: Dahsyat and A Wonderful ChristmasEdit
In February 2010, Bautista appeared again in Dahsyat, an Indonesian variety show from RCTI in Jakarta, where he performed a duet with Indonesian singer Bunga Citra Lestari with an Indonesian version of "Please Be Careful with My Heart". He was the first and only Filipino singer to appear in an Indonesian TV series.
In November 2010, Bautista released his seventh overall album and first Christmas album under Universal Records, titled A Wonderful Christmas. On December 2, 2011, the album was certified Diamond by PARI.
Bautista released his fifth studio album and seventh overall album, Outbound, in 2011. He also joined the cast of a musical drama series, Kitchen Musical, with Karylle, Thou Reyes, Art Acuna.
During the first quarter of the year, the First Class: Outbound Expanded Edition album was launched. Together with Karylle, they received top billing at the Love & Laughter concert at the Resorts World on February 29. Bautista remained active on Kitchen Musical for the 2012 season. In the third quarter of 2012, he was part of 10th anniversary special of The Way You Look at Me that celebrated his 10 year in the industry. Bautista was also featured on the series Princess and I, which aired on ABS-CBN during 2012. Bautista's sixth studio album, and eighth full-length X-Plus was released in October 2012.
2013: Transfer to the Kapuso NetworkEdit
In March 2013, Bautista transferred to the GMA Network after months of rumors. He performed for the first time on Party Pilipinas on March 24, 2013, also marking the third anniversary of the show. He signed a three-year exclusive contract with GMA Network on March 20, 2013.
Trumpet's production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was Bautista's first big break. He earned raves from critics for his acting debut.
|2002||The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe|
|2002||Joseph The Dreamer|
|2008||West Side Story||Tony Wyzek|
|2014||Ghost: The Musical||Sam Wheat|
Songs featured on CD releases by other artistsEdit
|2003||Star in a Million||Himself||ABS-CBN||3rd runner-up to Grand Champion Erik Santos|
|Sarah the Teen Princess||Christian Leynes||Guest Role|
|2005||Kampanerang Kuba||Lorenzo||Main role|
|2006||Your Song||Michael||Episode "If You Walk Away"|
|Mano Po 5: Gua Ai Di (I Love You)||Timothy / Felix Yan||Feature film|
|2008||The Christian Bautista Show||Himself||Host|
|2009||Your Song Presents: Feb-ibig||Arnold||Episode "I'll Never Get Over You, Getting Over Me"|
|Kimmy Dora||Waiter||Feature film, cameo|
|2010||Kulilits||Himself||Guest star (1 episode)|
|Take Me Out (Indonesia)||Himself||Guest star (1 episode)|
|Your Song Presents: Beautiful Girl||James||Main role|
|A Special Symphony||Jayden||August (Philippines); Awaiting Release (Indonesia)|
|2011-2012||The Kitchen Musical||Daniel Ray||NTV7 (Malaysia)
Studio 23 (Philippines)
|2012||Princess and I||Priam||ABS-CBN||Special Participation/Antagonist|
|2013||Party Pilipinas ||Himself||GMA Network||Regular Member|
|With a Smile||Aston Martinez||Lead Role|
|2013-2015||Sunday All Stars||Himself/Performer|
|2014||Strawberry Lane||Richard Tolentino||Supporting Role|
|2015||My Mother's Secret||Anton Guevarra|
|To the Top||Himself / Host|
|2016||Eat Bulaga!||Himself / Performer||First Time one contestant split-screen duet from Just Duet.|
|Lip Sync Battle Philippines||Himself||with Mark Bautista|
|Superstar Duets||Himself / Judge|
|2017||My Love from the Star||Winston Libredo|
|2018||The Clash||Himself/Judge||with Lani Misalucha|
|Pamilya Roces||Ralph Gomez|
|2011||GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards||Male Recording Artist of the Year||||Won|
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