Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC's Toyota Searchlight 2021. Argel learned how to sing at the age of 3 when he started to join the youth choir at his church. Gospel music and Motown music greatly influenced Argel's music. Growing up, Argel learned how to play the piano by chords, and that's how he started writing music. Songwriting for him is an escape when the world gets tricky and a release when emotions aren't enough. Music is a form of art that he uses to cultivate his creativity and journal his life as an immigrant. Argel recently received a Pop Artist of the Year Nomination and an Excellence Award by a BIPOC artist from Fraser Valley Music Awards 2021 by CIVL radio 101.7 FM.