It’s September and we know what that means – the start of the long holiday celebration in the country. And because it’s Ber months already, frequent afternoon and evening downpour is almost an everyday sight, along with even long hours on the road of course. But this is no season to fret, instead of letting the heavy downpour and traffic dampen our spirits, let music be our beacon of light amidst the rain and endless-like traffic.
This month, let the start of the season be the spark of the celebration for OPM all-originals from Sitti, TJ Monterde, and Moira Dela Torre; for fiery inspiration and passion from Heneral Luna’s theme song; to new beginnings and challenges from Nicole Asensio’s ascend as a solo artist; to JaDine carrying the country’s pride to foreign shores; to love’s redemptive nature in Aicelle Santos’ new single; and to flying high with Kyla.
OPM All-originals from Sitti, Moira Dela Torre and TJ Monterde
Philippines’ Bossa Nova Queen Sitti comes out for the first time with the carrier single “Ligaya,” which is a clear reflection of her newfound blissful life with husband Joey Ramirez and from her new album “Singles Bossa Nova Trio.” The singer considers the song most special of the songs she’s ever written. Video below by SittiVEVO.
The album is a live recording session with guitarist Erskine Basilio and percussionist Diego Martinez, and includes Sitti favorites such as “Para Sa Akin,” “Tattooed On My Mind,” “Sunday Morning,” “To Forget You,” “La La Means I Love You,” and “Girl From Ipanema” that were all given fresh new takes.
Other original tracks include “All I Ever Wanted” and “Answers.” The album is now available in record bars, download on Spinnr, iTunes and streaming on Spinnr, Spotify, Apple Music, Guvera and Deezer.
Sitti speaks out through a video message for her Sittizens as she introduces her new album, Sitti Singles Bossa Nova Trio. Video taken from her album press con.
In photos: Singles Bossa Nova Trio Album Press Launch
The Voice Ph 1 alumni and jingles singer Moira Dela Torre releases a heartfelt song titled “Take Her To The Moon For Me” with Sam Milby on guitars, and inspired by the character BingBong from the Pixar animated film “Inside Out.” The singer-songwriter says the song is for everyone who’s ever been left behind.
Video by Moira dela Torre.
The song, with music and lyrics written by Moira has even caught the attention of Ronnie Del Carmen, the Filipino-American co-director of the animated film, even sharing it to his co-director and producers of the film and expresses his interest of how the song came to be.
Moira is the voice behind popular commercial jingles like McDonald’s Hooray for Today, Imodium’s Lonely is the Night, Goldilocks’ Merienda Na, Lewis & Pearl’s Sweet Paris, Perla’s Hawak Kamay, and Johnson’s Baby’s Signature of Love. She has also released her self-titled debut album last year under Ivory Music.
Here’s more about Moira and her songs, video by Ivory Music & Video
Acoustic balladeer-songwriter TJ Monterde charms anew with his new single called “TuladMo” under PolyEast Records. This easy listening-track tells the story of a young man caught in the moment of meeting and wanting to know more about a special girl. With romantic lyrics and catchy tune, the song perfectly captures a person’s appreciation towards someone he/she admires.
Video by polyeastrecords.
TJ reveals it is a song of appreciation dedicated to a special person and was originally titled “Kristina” to whom the song is dedicated for. He also shares that he added some verses during the time he was courting KZ Tandingan and completed the song when they became official.
At the launch of the music video, TJ talked about making it different, from his acoustic sound to a more pop-inclined tune. He’s also happy with the positive comments about the song. He’s inspired by John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Ogie Alcasid, APO Hiking Society, Gary Granada, and Noel Cabangon.
James Reid and Nadine Lustre, nominees at the MTV EMA
Kapamilya and Viva artists James Reid and Nadine Lustre or JaDine are proud representatives of the country as they get nominated for the Best Southeast Asia act category at the MTV European Music Awards to be held on October 25 in Milan, Italy.
The popular loveteam that’s currently busy with their successful and worldwide-trending first TV series “On The Wings of Love” on ABS-CBN primetime block are nominated alongside other artists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam.
James recently shared he’s grateful and proud to represent the country internationally. He added that he’s also thankful for the many blessings coming his way and his loveteam partner Nadine Lustre, and further thanked their fans for the continual support.
The MTV EMA aims to recognize artists from around the world and across genres. The winner will be named by public votes. Fans can vote through MTV EMA’s website.
Check out their own version of the the song “On the Wings of Love.” Video by ABS-CBN Entertainment.
Ebe Dancel sings ‘Hanggang Wala Nang Bukas’ for biopic film ‘Heneral Luna’
Former Sugarfree frontman Ebe Dancel lends his pen and voice for the song “Hanggang Wala Nang Bukas” – the theme song for the Jerrold Tarog (Sana Dati) historical biopic film “Heneral Luna” starring John Arcilla in the title role of military man Antonio Luna. The director also played the drums for the song. The song will also be included in Ebe’s upcoming album.
Video by Jerrold Tarog.
Ebe reveals that the song is inspired by the film’s message of hope, courage and passion. “I think there should be a little General Luna in all of us. Let us not be afraid to stand up for the things we believe in,” adds Ebe about his reaction to the film.
Personally, he feels hopeful, excited, inspired yet sad and tragic after seeing the film and it took him awhile to figure out his next steps on writing the song. And just like General Luna, Ebe tends to be utterly passionate for the things he believes in. He adds, “It’s easy to misunderstand someone so passionate as General Luna.”
Heneral Luna features the story of Antonio Luna, one of Philippine history’s most gifted military men and an influential character during the Philippine-American war that resulted in the country’s eventual independence. He was assassinated by men of Emilio Aguinaldo.
Trailer video by Jerrold Tarog.
Heneral Luna is the Philippines’ official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2016 Oscars.
Nicole Asensio releases debut album as a solo artist
Former General Luna frontwoman Nicole Asensio releases her first album titled “Schizoprano” and as her introduction as a solo artist. Nicole is the granddaughter of former vice president Salvador Laurel and cousin of actress Denise Laurel. Despite coming from a family of classical and Broadway singers, Nicole delights herself with singing rock songs and other genres.
The singer discloses that it was a big adjustment leaving General Luna to transitioning as a solo artist, as well as after having taken some time off from singing. She gushes; her debut album is a representation of her confidence, strength and continued passion for music. She considers watching the instruments come together especially on elements she hadn’t worked with before as the best part of the recording process.
Nicole calls it nervous excitement on the way she feels about her solo album. It’s also a big risk because now she doesn’t have the identity of a band to mix with. She adds that studio singing is still a challenge to her than live gigs, but she’s thankful for the guidance of Angee Rozul, to her collaborators, production and MCA.
Introducing Nicole’s first single from the album, “Leader for a Day,” Video by NicoleAVEVO.
Watch this video to learn more about the album, by MYX Philippines.
Aicelle Santos comes out with a new single ‘Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig’
Actress-singer Aicelle Santos finally releases a new single with the release of “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” – a follow-up to her 2007 album “Make Me Believe” under Ivory Music and written by prime composer Jungee Marcelo. Video below by AiceMusic.
Kapangyarihan Ng Pag-ibig music video below, by AiceMusic.
The alto vocalist powers up with her soulful interpretation of the song’s message about conquering life’s difficulties and uncertainties through the strength of love. Also notable in her new single is the poetic use of the words “daluyong” and “dagundong” in its lyrics to express the powerful nature of love.
The Aliw award-winning singer-actress best known for her work in musical productions like “Katy!” and “Rak of Aegis” started in the industry in 2005 when she came out as a champion in GMA’s singing talent search “Pinoy Pop Superstar.” She’s also a notable figure in most GMA television programs. She had her first major concert recently titled “Class A” and attended by some of the best singers in the country as her guests.
Kyla celebrates 15 years in the industry
RnB Queen Kyla is celebrating her 15th year in the entertainment industry. She will mark this feat with an upcoming concert titled “Flying High” to be held on November 20 at the Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. Fans are sure to expect Kyla perform her most notable song “Hanggang Ngayon.”
The singer reveals guest performers will include Jay-R, Erik Santos, Angeline Quinto and KZ Tandingan. She’s also open to inviting James Reid and Nadine Lustre to the show, the stars of the ABS-CBN primetime teleserye “On the Wings of Love” in which Kyla sings the theme song of the same title. She’s happy that she’s able to reach out to a younger audience through the song. Official music video below of “On the Wings of Love,” by ABS-CBN Entertainment.
Kyla will also be realeasing a new compilation soon featuring her hit songs, a celebration of her 15 years of music entitled “My Very Best.” Despite all her success, reminiscing about her early days as a singer in lounge bars during her college years still makes her smile. Back then, she’s singing jazz and standards, a little different from her genre now. But she adds that more than the recognitions, her passion for her craft that is stronger than ever is what matters the most.
Tickets to her upcoming concert is now on sale via Ticketnet and produced by Dreamstar Events. Ticket prices are P4770 for VVIP, P3180 for VIP, P2650 for orchestra, P1950 for loge and P848 for balcony tickets.
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