It has been 4 years in the making but Kyla is back! At present, Kyla is busy touring to promote her latest album “Journey.” It may not be the way some of her fans expected her to be but she’s back with a stronger well-made RnB sound and passion through her music. She’s known as “The Philippines’ R&B and Soul Princess,” Kyla is one of the most awarded artists in the Philippines. She’s now married to PBA cager Rich Alvarez with a one year-old son.
Endowed from her roots with OctoArts EMI Music Philippines (PolyEast Records), she is introducing 2 songs that she had written for the album, namely “Journey” and “I Got This.” “Journey,” her 9th album features 6 all-original songs. “I came up with an all-original album kasi iyong past two albums ko na “Heartfelt” and “Heart to Heart” ay puro cover songs na,” tells Kyla as she denotes about wanting to go back to recording all originals this time. But was it worth the wait?
The album showcases Kyla’s talent and vocals whilst the material proved that content truly is king. She took a high risk and was highly rewarded for it as she grooves on jazz, RnB and pop vibes. Her last album “Private Affair” was released in 2010 and when listening to “Journey,” it is clear that Kyla has grown personally, musically and creatively.
Kyla’s personal growth is reflected in the lyrical content of “Journey” that was also inspired from her honeymoon in Europe, from the beautiful places that they have been to. “Actually, isinulat ko ‘yan sa airport, sa Athens papunta kaming Santorini. Nakasulat ako ng isang page, ang dami ngang mga words na hindi naisama. Tapos tinawagan ko si Jay-R sabi ko mayroon akong words, dito, gawan natin ng melody,” narrates Kyla as she eventually collaborated with RnB singer JayR with this song.
Boast with eargasmic and jazzy single, “Kunwa-kunwari Lang,” penned by Francis Salazar, and Jungee Marcelo, she has worked with a formidable slate of songwriting and production heavyweights including the Yosha Band lead by vocalist Yosha Honasan, producer Chito Ilagan and Baihana singer Krina Cayabyab who vocally arranged “Atin Ang Walang Hanggan.” Kyla’s official music video of “Kunwa-Kunwari Lang” below by PolyEast Records.
1. Kyla’s music evolution:
It’s becoming better. Sometimes when I listen to my old albums, it sounded so much different like the way I would sing now. Today, it’s more mature and more heartfelt as the years go by.
2. Reasons of releasing the album after 4 years:
I got married in 2011 and then a few months after I got pregnant. I gave birth and I had to take a break because I had to take care of my baby. I can’t release an album right away because I needed to prepare for my comeback. Para sa akin, wala naman nasayang na oras case at that time when I was taking a break, I was still writing songs, iyong dalawa Sa mga kanta ko sa album na ito nagawa ko while I was pregnant. The long break gets me excited to create songs, an album and perform again. Iba iyong excitement, Mas may giggle.
3. On working with Bryan McKnight:
“My Heart” is actually his gift for my wedding. I’m happy about working with American singer-songwriter, Brian McKnight. I prayed for it, it’s not only that he has given me a song but it’s a duet song. I’ve never been so blessed. Talagang nilakasan ko ang loob ko para tanungin siya at hindi naman ako nagdalawang tawag sa kanya. Unang tawag ko pa lang sa kanya, um-oo na siya. At thankful ako kay Lord kase nabigyan ako ng chance to record a song with one of my idols.
4. Dream music collaborations:
Pangarap ko ngayon si Alicia Keys, isa siya sa mga artists na hinahangaan ko. Magaling siya. She will be my next dream collaboration, siya ang target ko ngayon. Nothing is impossible ‘di ba? Dati pinapangarap ko lang maka-duet si Brian McKnight, ibinigay naman sa akin. Malay ninyo next year.
5. Contribution to OPM:
Sa akin, I’m always about creating quality songs and music that will last a lifetime. Iyong tipong years after today para siyang classic na babalik-balikan mo. Iyon siguro ang gusto kong mai-ambag.
6. On trying jazz or other genre:
I’ve been thinking about singing jazz for the longest time because it has been a childhood favorite. Lumaki akong nakikinig sa mga kanta ng jazz legend na si Ella Fitzgerald. She could scat like no one. Pinag-iisipan ko rin kasi iba pa rin ang market ng jazz. Hindi ko rin alam kung me-embrace rin ng audience ko.
7. New goals:
I have been praying and dreaming of having a concert this year kasi matagal na rin ang last performance ko, sa Araneta noong 2005. Long, long, long time ago. Gusto kong magkaroon uli ng ganoong concert na makakapag-showcase ng mga kaya kong gawin sa big stage. Unlike right now on TV, we are only given a few seconds or a few minutes to showcase our talent and sometimes it’s not even enough to showcase anything kasi minsan two lines long or one line. To perform in a concert, to sing and to inspire people is my passion, that’s what I want to do and I’m hungry for it.
In Photos: Kyla’s “Journey” album launch held at the Eastwood Central Park
Kyla’s “Journey” EP is likely to convert non-fans into Kyla devotees. It does have its flaws, though (for one, it is a comeback album, but only with 6 songs) but overall, if you’re a devoted Kyla fan this is a collector’s item you’ll want to pick up. Kyla delivered with such joy and affection, you can just feel the love in her voice. This is an album that manages to evoke the spirit of smooth soul, yet still sound fresh and impressive as you listen to it repeatedly.
Kyla is also interpreting a song written by Jungee Marcelo for the Philippine Popular Music Festival (PhilPop) 2014 entitled “Salbabida.” Every song download at Spinnr.ph is equivalent to 1 vote for PhilPop 2014’s People’s Choice Award. Support Philpop, support OPM. More about PhilPop 2014 in this LINK. Below is the lyric video courtesy of UniversalRecPH.
Kyla’s second single “Dito Na Lang” has 4 outstanding nominations for this year’s MYX Music Awards: Favorite Music Video, Favorite Song, Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Mellow Video. Video below by polyeastrecords.
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