Have you heard The Company’s first single from their latest album “Lighthearted OPM 2?” In this new album, the country’s power vocalists celebrate the iconic Filipino music from renowned OPM composers and singers, touched with The CompanY’s authentic renditions.
“May I Have This Dance,” the first single from the album, is a cover originally written by Marvic Sotto, vocally arranged by Moy Ortiz and featuring the powerful beat box of DJ Myke Salomon. The music video itself is a collaboration with their Stages co-artist and singer heartthrob Sam Concepcion, who once again displayed his impressive dance moves grooving into the song.
Thanks to this unique rendition, I have an ecstatic feel to this highly entertaining song that we fortunately heard live from their noteworthy “Lighthearted OPM 2” album launch at the Music Museum.
The simple staging of the sold-out album launch was held last 24 Oct 2014 performed by the members of The CompanY: Moy Ortiz (bass), Annie Quintos (Soprano 2), Cecile Bautista (Alto), Sweet Plantado (Soprano 1) and Jay Marquez (Tenor 1). The new album, released under VIVA Records was the only ticket The Company fans needed to see another defining performances from these awesome guys live!
During the set, frequently a cappella arranged songs were done differently this time, it practically made classic songs into charismatic sounding ones with the occasional goose bump moment. Naturally, it is a quintet’s complementary powers combined with strong harmonizing abilities.
The songs were fantastically arranged as “Lighthearted OPM 2” flawlessly spanned into another album reliving the classic OPM hits from notable artists like Agot Isidro, Aiza Seguerra, Rene Garcia (The Hotdogs), Side A, Martin Nievera, Nina, Basil Valdez and Sarah Geronimo. Other songs performed are beyond technical skill and signature off-the-hook beats with a melodic touch including “Yugyugan Inferno,” “Baroque Buchikik,” “Aba Ba Ba Boogie” and “Bebop APO Medley.”
Striking renditions of our favorites like “Muntik Na Kitang Minahal,” “Rock Baby Rock,” “Now That I Have You,” “Ikaw,” “Hallelujah” and “Everlasting Love” brought the crowd to an awed hush.
IN PHOTOS: The CompanY’s Lighthearted OPM 2” Album Launch
They’ve been making a cappella bigger than anyone thought possible to be, especially here in the Philippines. I have long wish to see them perform at the Akapela Open, a contemporary a cappella group competition held annually, a project headed by the Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, along with the fabulous Akapela Open hopefuls.
Asia’s premiere vocal harmony act, they have proven time and again that they’re more than just a singing group. They continue to be a potent force both in the live entertainment and recording scenes delving into almost all forms of music genres involving vocal harmony, traditional/classical choral music, pop, mainstream jazz, smooth jazz, dance, R&B, contemporary a cappella, novelty, folk, Brazilian, gospel, electronica, rap, lounge core, Christmas, Acid jazz, swing, bebop, vocalese, alternative pop, musical theater, rock, Brazilian, Latin among others.
Experiencing The CompanY live onstage is the typical sing-along moment but worth remembering with their every execution as they managed to craft their music over the years effortlessly. They are the musical heroes and heroines of tricky and canny harmonies.
Lighthearted OPM 2 is now available in record stores nationwide. Download via opmjapan.
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