Teen singing sensation Charice Pempengco will showcase her acclaimed musical prowess that made her an international star when she celebrates the season of love during a Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14 at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.
Billed as Charice in Concert! by Ryan Cayabyab the one-night musical event to be mounted by Xclusive Hits & Events, Inc. will also feature Erik Santos, George Yang and the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, with the special participation of Ogie Alcasid.
Directed by Ryan Cayabyab, the concert will feature the extraordinary talent and style of the 17-year old singing wonder as she performs a breathtaking repertoire of pop, R&B and soul hits popularized by Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, among many others.
A product of numerous singing competitions since age seven, Charice gained worldwide attention in 2007 after videos of her live performances were posted on the YouTube until they caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who invited her to appear in the Dec.19, 2007 episode of her show.
Charice became an instant hit with her performance of “I Will Always Love You” and “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Five months later, she appeared in the May 12, 2008 edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where her performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” greatly impressed Oprah that she subsequently recommended Charice to be under the wings of music producer David Foster.
Her association with Foster marked a major turning point in Charice’s career and opened new doors to more and bigger opportunities in the international music and entertainment industry.
She performed with Foster for the first time during the May 17 opening of MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, followed by her debut on the international concert stage in Foster’s May 23 tribute concert, Hitman: David Foster and Friends, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where she performed a medley of songs from “The Bodyguard” and her standard, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”
Charice also went on to perform with Andrea Bocelli during her birthday concert on Sept. 26, 2008 in his hometown of Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy, where, aside from her solo numbers, she also did a duet of “The Prayer” with the famous tenor in front of more than 8,000 people.
She also sang a duet of “Because You Loved Me” with Celine Dion on Sept. 15, 2008 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, which earned rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. The performance was eventually featured on the Sept. 19, 2008 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
She made her second appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 9, 2008, during which the celebrated host described her at “the most talented girl in the world” after hearing her perform Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” with Foster on the piano.
During her most recent appearance on the same program, Charice elicited the ultimate tribute from Oprah: “You are a force to be reckoned with. That voice comes from something bigger than yourself. You’re pulling it up out of some place deeper than your little body.”
The singer’s outstanding vocal quality—which has been compared with those of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion (she also considers Mariah Carey and Regine Velasquez as her other musical influences)—likewise prompted a chorus of praises from other musical and entertainment celebrities, such as David Foster and Josh Groban
She also received a compliment from The New York Post, which once called her a vocal prodigy for being able to sing “big songs” even in her tender age.
Last year, Charice, who spent a great part of it in America, recorded her debut US album, performed in the David Foster and Friends 10-city North American tour, and appeared in her first feature film, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel.
In the movie, which was recently shown in Philippine theaters, Charice appeared as herself and is a part of the official film soundtrack with her performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One.”
As 2009 was about to end, the singer added another feather to her cap when she topped an online poll by the Oprah Winfrey show, beating seven international singing superstars: Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Michael Buble, Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Hudson, Journey and Black Eyed Peas.
Charice was picked as the winner of the Best Oprah Show Musical Performance award, receiving 70 percent of total votes for her performance of “Note To God,” her debut international single that was launched on the show last May 18.
Her coming Valentine show brings back the singing star to the local concert scene eight months after her first major solo concert last June 27 at the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
The concert is presented by Face&Figure Center Manila, with Magnolia Fresh Milk and Magnolia Low Fat Milk as major sponsor. Smart Communication is a minor sponsor.
Tickets to Charice In Concert! by Ryan Cayabyab are priced at P5,808, P5,492, P5,069, P4,541, P4,013, P2,957, P1,901 and P845 and are available at Ticketnet outlets located at all SM Department Stores (customer service area) and at the Araneta Coliseum ticket booths. For inquiries and reservations, call 911-5555. Tickets are also available at Xclusive Hits & Events, Inc. at (0917) 8121537.
Source: Manila Standard Today