“What’s Right With Me” is a new song by the six-sibling Filipino band known as JAGMAC. The band was chosen by Radio Disney to be their next big thing. “What’s Right With Me” is an anti-bullying song that was partly inspired by the band’s experiences with cyber-bullying.
JAGMAC gets its name from the first initial of its members: Jared, Angelique, Gabriel, Manjo, Alyssa and CJ. The group of four brothers and two sisters from Baltimore, Maryland, first gained international attention after they were named Radio Disney’s “NBT” (Next Big Thing) in 2018, joining an impressive roster of NBT alumni who are currently some of today’s biggest artists. They have released two EPs, Right Back with You and Like a Band, amassing a huge following with music that promotes positivity for youth.
The gifted musicians and dancers of JAGMAC all hold a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and encourage all to share what is right with them.
They recently discussed their new song and more via an exclusive interview.
Q: How did the siblings discover their shared love of singing?
CJ: Music has always been a key part of our family household. Our mom is a singer and our dad is a dancer, so we had a really wide and eclectic variety of music to listen to while we were growing up. We are also half Filipino, and music is a huge part of the Filipino culture. In addition to that, some of us also sang in the church music group on Sundays. So for us, singing was really just a way of life, but it became a genuine love of ours once we started doing it together as a family.
Q: How did it lead to the family starting the band?
Alyssa: Our oldest brother, CJ, loved the Backstreet Boys from an early age and had always wanted to be in a band. He thought it would be a good idea to surprise our dad with a song and dance routine as a gift for his birthday. So we all got together and learned the song that he wrote as well as a little dance routine. Once we performed it in front of our dad, he was so shocked and mesmerized by it, that he said we should consider pursuing a career in music. The rest is history. Not only did we consider it, we embraced the idea and ran with it!
Q: How did you get discovered by Disney?
Manjo: Disney has been such a huge blessing in our lives and careers. Radio Disney started supporting us and playing our music back in 2016 when a member of our team introduced JAGMAC to Phil Guerini, the head of Radio Disney. He believed in our group so much, that in 2018, JAGMAC was named Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing – joining the ranks of other elite ‘NBT’ alumni such as Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendez, Fifth Harmony, and others. JAGMAC will always be very thankful to Radio Disney and for all of the opportunities that have come from this title!
Q: What is it like to be in a band with all your siblings? It must be fun while performing on stage but how about on the tour bus?
Gabriel: There are always pros and cons to being in a family band. For the most part, we feel like each other’s best friends and we are all super close. So performing with your best friend beside you on stage is an amazing feeling. But I’m not gonna lie, there are definitely moments when we just all need our own personal space! Lol. Most of the time on the bus we were just laughing, cracking jokes, traveling, and having fun. The tour bus was a blast but also very interesting. Trying to fit 10 people on a bus for a month was definitely rough sometimes, but we made the best out of it and created some unforgettable memories too!
Q: How did your own experiences with bullying inspire your recent release?
Angelique: At different times in our lives, all of us have been bullied in one way or another. So instead of letting the negativity bring us down, we were instead inspired to combat bullying by highlighting the positive characteristics that each person has. We want everyone to be able to love themselves, despite what others may think or say about them. We always try to have a positive message in all of our lyrics, but for this song, we thought it would be perfect to re-release it during the month of October, which is Anti- Bullying Month. We truly hope our song, “What’s Right With Me” can continue to bring awareness to this terrible problem that affects far too many people every day.
Q: What can audiences expect from JAGMAC’s live shows?
Jared: Anyone that attends a JAGMAC concert can definitely expect an unforgettable show! We love what we do and give 1,000% every time we get on stage. Not only do we have amazing music and awesome dance routines, we even add some martial arts and tricking into our sets which makes us totally unique from other bands. If you haven’t seen us perform live, you don’t know what you’re missing! Look online on our website at www.JAGMACMusic.com to see our upcoming shows!
Q: What projects are coming up for you soon and what’s the group’s biggest goal for 2020?
CJ: We’re excited to be back in the studio recording and working on new music. We also have several Christmas shows coming up as well to close out the year! To find more information about our shows go visit our website at; www.JAGMACMusic.com to see more details! Our biggest goal for 2020 is to be on the road touring as much as possible and releasing our new music! Hopefully we will be performing in some countries where we have never been yet, and also make it back to perform in countries where the fans have been patiently waiting for us to return!
Q: Is there anything else that you would like to say to your young fans?
Alyssa: We cannot express how grateful we are for you, our fans, or as we prefer to say, our JAGMAC Fam! You all inspire us every day to keep pursuing our dreams and we hope we do the same for you. Don’t ever give up on your dreams. If you can dream it, you can achieve it! You are the next generation, don’t ever be afraid to show your talents and who you are! We love you!
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To learn more about the song, see here.