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Getting to know Fil-Aussie soul star Jerson Trinidad

Jerson will commence a new regular gig at Knock on Wood Espresso in Rye, Mornington Peninsular from December 4.

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Jerson Trinidad arrived in Australia in the late 80’s with his family in Wagga Wagga. He then moved to Sydney to join popular talent show on Network 10 called ‘Star Search’. Jerson joined the TV show ‘New Faces’ with Bert Newton where he became the champion on the show in 1993 Champion. From there on, he has been based in Melbourne, holding a couple of sold out solo concerts in the 90’s, chasing his singing career dream overseas before returning to Melbourne where has often been featured as a front act at concerts such as Lea Salonga. In 2013 he reached the battle stage of The Voice Australia.

Jerson with his schoolmate Pete Gatela of the Hagibis band

Known for his soul/jazz/rnb style, he captivates audiences wherever he performs. Prior to Covid, he continued to regularly perform at key live venues in Melbourne. Jerson has worked for the Grand Hyatt for nine years with his band Dux Deluxe, and then worked at Lumia and The Waiting Room at the Crown Casino as a duo.

Jerson Trinidad with his family
Jerson with his bestie, Arnel Ignacio

Jerson hopes to return to his twice weekly gig. Due to new ownership of the bars he regularly performed at, he is unsure about if and when he will return to Crown.

Jerson remains hopeful and shares with The Philippine Times some updates about ongoing exciting projects that he has been working on.

1. How has COVID-19 affected your career?

Crown Casino is my regular gig so when it closed, most in-house entertainers stopped working. I arrived from the Philippines at the start of pandemic in March. Two weeks went by, and then Crown Casino and most establishments were closed for business temporarily.

Jerson Trinidad perfoming at The Waiting Room | Photo Credit: Melanie Tan

2. What are some of the things that you’ve doing during the pandemic?

I was lucky enough to be working (at home virtually) on a jazz album from an artist in North Carolina. I was asked to record two of his originals songs and a cover from George Benson. We finished the tunes and I will post the video as soon as they have finished mastering the tracks.

3. What are your hopes for the future?

As for projects I’m supposed to be collaborating with a wine company (can’t say the name yet) but it’s all about jazz and wine. So I can’t wait for everything to be normal enough so that we can start gigging again.

New regular gig

Jerson will recommence a new regular gig at the Knock on Wood Espresso, Rye, Mornington Peninsula. Jerson will perform at this coffee bar in Rye on Fridays from 6pm to 8pm from December 4, 2020.

Watch Jerson Trinidad perform ‘This Too Shall Pass’ with Rob Amato on piano

More performances from Jerson

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