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8-aMichelle Draper in real life, a.k.a. JUSTINE DRAPER  is the eldest in a brood of four. Born to an Ilonggo-Antiqueño father, whose name’ s Dominador Draper and a Cebuana mother named  Victoria, Justine’s mestiza features bespeaks of her British ancestry from her father, and owes her Spanish blood from both genes as well.
          She thinks that she inherited her passion for music from her parents , her mom plays guitar and loves folk songs , way back in her young age. Her dad was a former session musician too in his younger years. Even her brothers and sisters had musical inclinations as well yet they’ve chosen to try  other fields of work.
           Justine advanced in her early years in Bagong Maria Clara Caloocan, when her family flew to Cebu to mourn for her grand fathers funeral that ended up to transferring her early grade school in Casay, Dalaguete . A year after, the family decided to go back to Manila for good. There she studied in Bagumbong Elementary to Bagumbong High School as a consummate top honor student with spontaneity, a Salutatorian grad and eventually a Valedictorian grad successively.
           It was here in Manila where her passion for singing developed. When she was little over eight years of age , she was urged by a friend to join amateur singing contests. It was one of Novaliches local singing contests where Justine was pulled out from the crowd , and urged to sing. That was her first singing contest , and luckily , she brought home the bacon.
           Discovering that she had a knack for singing , she further honed her talent by singing more , starting from time she wakes up until she sleeps. Her only break was to eat , nothing more. She joined more singing contests and even had a stint on television.
           Prior to becoming a professional singer , Justine was a part of the kiddie shows
Pen Pen de Sarapen and even guested with Sunshine and Friends, (a jumpstart career for Sunshine Dizon).
           She juggled singing and studying at the same time. In high school , thought she was busy singing as front act to some other recording artist like Geneva Cruz, Introvoys, South Border, and Ella Mae Saison, Chad Borja,etc.. yet she graduated valedictorian of her class. She even became the vice president, and eventually the president of their Student Council. She even won the hearts of her fellow youth when she ran for Councilor at  the Sangguniang Kabataan of their district in Caloocan by winning their votes. So as she served for four years.  She was judged as one of the Top Ten Most Outstanding Students in  Caloocan. A school paper editor, consummate essayist of their school’s essay writing champs. And even joined their schools, beauty pageants and brought honor to their school when she won as the First Runner-Up in KIPSIAM. (Kalookan Inter-Schools Athletic Meet). 
           Aside from singing , Justine also loves writing songs. She started writing poems first at eight. Her poems were about a cat , a dog , and about her school. In high school , she started translating her poems to a song and soon , her teachers would ask her to do a jingle for the school program.
           After high school , Justine took music composition at the UP Diliman Conservatory of Music while working and taking an Associate course in Computer Programming at the same time in STI, Novaliches , where she did won a trophy for the Championship at the SEARCH FOR THE SINGING PROGRAMMER in 1996. She was a former legitimate member of KATHA, and FILSCAP,( Filipino Society Of Composers, Authors and Publishers from 1997 to 2003. And spent her scholarship at the PSBA for BS Accountancy. But juggling for scholarship and working at night isn’t easy for a full loader, so she finally decided to drop school for a chance of a lifetime when offered a recording contract. She didn’t bother to think twice sacrificing studies for her passion in music.       
          To further developed her singing voice she underwent voice trainings at  Victor Canon, Kitchie Molina, Atek Jacinto and took private voice lessons in U.P. She was given the privilege to be trained at the Center for Pop Music Philippines under Butch Albarracin, and Joy, and later also took lessons at 
Ryan Cayabyab’s School for Music in her teens.
          Aside from pursuing her singing career , Justine was also a constant winner in many beauty contests. She was the BINIRAYAN dubbed as LIN-Ay Kang ANTIQUE”s FIRST-Runner Up. The so-called prestigious beauty contest in Panay Island. Where she joined a contest of mostly brain and beauty and how timely they excluded  the TALENT portion, that she expected but luckily she still brought the bacon.

          Justine, also unknown to some while studying in college, did some few mulitiplex for cover songs under Sonny Ilacad’s Sunshine Records. While singing at various Hotel lounge night acts. She even started as session to some few bands as The Crayons, Saint Tropez, X’S etc.

           Her crossroad to fame came after her frustration when she was not able to make it live and recorded the song she made to the finals for her fellow musician when she made a demo for the Metropop Songwriting Competition in year 1997.She was challenged, so she went on to join the Birit Queen, (song belting contest) in Eat Bulaga, (the reigning top-rated primetime noontime show in the Philippines’ Channel 7  to the present.) that same year and turned to be the First Runner Up and fortunately head on to be the chosen pioneer recording artist of Richsound Music Corporation, an independent recording company headed by Ricardo del Rosario, when she was spotted by Mel del Rosario. She debuted her first solo album, Just in Time, released year 1997 of September 28.Successfully, it top-billed the radio stations such as DWKC, WWR, Love radio, Cool 106, DM 95.5, and Yes Fm for months. And even rated as top 15 in the Philippine trade and Industry charts for its sales. The follow up was not as successful as the first, so she decided to accept international stints for better earnings as well.

          As an international performer, Justine had done shows in Tokyo and Kyoto Japan and Shanghai, China, singing at the Miyako Hotel Kyoto and Westin Shanghai respectively.  
          All these achievements prove that Justine is not just another face in show business. She is beauty and brains all rolled into one , and she has the potential to make it BIG.


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