While playing the keyboard in various bands at UP Mindanao, he started writing songs in 2011. RJ released his first indie pop songs in 2016. Aside from opening for several well-known artists, he also had his first local TV appearances, national radio airplay, and first tour outside Davao as a solo act in 2017.
Reassurance, his self-produced debut album, was released on November 17, 2018. The album launch event received coverage from Bandwagon Asia, UDOU, SunStar Davao, and Mindanao Daily Mirror. He played on the Wish 107.5 Bus and produced 2 songs for Chud Festejo's Laro-Laro Lang EP in 2019.
The indie pop artist has performed on tour in Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City. Radio stations in Metro Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao have played his songs.
"It’s that light you find in the dark tunnel after stumbling for too long. It’s that kindness you receive amongst the sea of strangers."
-UDOU on Reassurance
“Filipino musician RJ Manulid's album 'Reassurance' is a solid debut that promises great things to come.”
-From the Intercom