Las Pinas, Philippines
Born in Sta. Mesa, Manila on November 29, 1988, Gene Paulo R. Balenton is an upcoming Filipino recording artist, who performs under the name "Gene Roca". He has caught the attention of the audience with his mesmerizing and soothing voice.
Gene started singing when he was eleven years old and during his third year in high school, Gene formed a rock band together with his friends called "11th Hour". As fun as it was, it was also a struggle for Gene since his musical influences were different from those of his band mates. Graduation came, 11th Hour was disbanded.
Gene would often describe himself as simple but romantic guy. His musical influences range from Rock to soul; R&B to House. His biggest impact though is Boyz ll Men. He attributes Craig David, Robin Thicke, R. Kelly, Maxwell, Usher and Ryan Leslie. Mint Condition, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower Of Power, Mr. Big, Extreme, Maxwell, Oasis, Babyface, One Republic, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, and U2 serves as his musical heroes as well.
In the summer of 2010, Gene was introduced to Ninks, a hip-hop artist on the rise. Conversing and sharing each other’s musical inspirations then led on to a collaboration of the song “Beautiful Lady”, with FlipMusic. Jumbo De Belen a.k.a Bojam, the producer of FlipMusic worked on this track. Bojam saw that Gene was a possible talent and sent him a beat to work on which gave birth to Gene's first original, “Queen” which featured Viktoria and B-Roc from the Turbulance Crew. Both “Beautiful Lady” and “Queen” is included in FlipMusic’s Astigflip Volume 2 album. Months later, "Queen" came out on WAVE 89.1 FM followed by two nominations at the Urban Music Awards which was held at Eastwood City, Quezon City, January 29, 2011 - Best New Artist and Best Original Song for "Queen". At the 3rd Urban Music Awards, March 28, 2012, his song "Superman" was nominated for Best Original Song. Incidentally, he was also nominated for Best Male Style Icon of the Year and bagged the award.
Comments by thegeneroca
MUSIC VIDEO na yan bro!
When am i gonna see you perform this live? This would be sick live with a full band
@nightsofrizal: i'll let you know when i already have one. L(
this would be great on headphones while watching the waves crash. sweet!
wow im in love :)