I’ve already written a post about Charice Pempengco, but I can’t stop babbling on about her talent and potential. No matter how many times I watch her performances, I get blown away every single time, and the after effect of watching them never seems to weaken. It’s amazing how much talent she possesses not only in her voice but also in her stage presence, showmanship, and charisma at the young age of 17.
Assuming people will still appreciate true vocal talent in the future, Charice will be a dominant figure in the global music industry. And if we look at music history in America, the few greats that we honor and remember to this day are those who represented minority races and demonstrated that they held equal potential of talent, ability, and gift. To my knowledge, as of today, such historic figures in American music who accomplished this task are mainly, if not solely, from the African American community, such as Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, and Aretha Franklin. It wasn’t long before people like them sang that Jim Crowe Laws were still in effect and blacks still couldn’t vote freely.
Now there’s Charice. Correct me if I’m wrong, but we’ve never had an Asian figure who prominently rose in the American music industry and represented the Asian community. I think Charice will find her niche in musical history quite nicely. She has the voice, the showmanship, the compelling life story, the support of media giants like Oprah and Ellen, the guidance of David Foster, and literally entire nations left speechless at her gift. I wouldn’t be surprised if she becomes the Aretha of the Asian community.
Submitted by Agno
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