BGM (Boys & Girls love Music) meets Philippine Star girl Charice
SBS’s show Star King has featured the surprising explosive singing of a young Filipino girl. Don’t you remember? The girl’s name is Charice Pempengco (Sharice Pempingko). After the market success of her debut album in the U.S. Billboard charts, she is now becoming a star and is back in Korea.
We spoke to Charice in the dressing room while waiting for the taping of ‘Kim Jung-eun’s Chocolate’.
(Note: Translated some parts from Cyworld Music)
BGM: Charice, Hi. We are Cyworld BGM, the no.1 online music service in Korea. Will you please say hello to your fans, Charice?
Charice Pempengco (Charice): Well .. I’m so glad to be back here. (Laughter.) South Korea is the country that means a lot to me, and I think another home. Every time I come here I really want to thank everyone.
BGM: Charice’s Star King appearance at that time surprised many viewers with Charice’s singing and many were cheering for you to succeed as a singer. Now that’s a vivid memory of a successful debut singer in Korea. How does it feel to come to Korea again?
Charice: Well like I said before, Korea is like another home for me, it’s played a big role in my life. The Korean TV show definitely helped me to succeed and become famous. Every time I remember how it helped me from the beginning, I always hoped to meet the people again.
BGM: Last year, you were featured singing “No One” in the movie ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakquel.” How did you like the movie after seeing it?
Charice: Actually, it was my first movie appearance. Asian people who play in movies are rare and not easy. But the people on the set were very friendly and welcomed me. Funny thing.. in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks 2′ I imitated the chipmunks voice when auditioning. I didn’t expect to pass the audition in that instant (Laughter.) My next appearance is on ‘Glee,’ a High School Musical Drama.
BGM: And can we hear your voice only once, please ~
Charice: Oh please! (Laughter.) I’m embarrassed. It’s up on YouTube ~ The audition! Oh, and Squirrels were very interesting when I saw them.
BGM: Korea and the Philippines have cultural similarities, both enjoy singing. Korean singer Sandara Park was active in the Philippines before, Freddie Aguilar, Regine Velasquez and MYMP are some musicians known in South Korea. Charice, what do you think about the musical environment in the Philippines?
Charice: Filipino music has a very good environment, so many people sing better than I do. Lots of musical geniuses. I think Filipinos are musically gifted.
BGM: Charice appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, touching many people with the passion and emotion she brings to a song. But the video of Charice’s introduction in Korea that people talked about is the show Star King. What do you think of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show or Star King’s atmosphere?
Charice: Mr. Kang Ho Dong of Star King let me be myself, it was really a fun atmosphere, I really enjoyed it. In my appearance in Ellen’s show, it was a more serious conversation. The talk was more serious and it made me nervous, trying to make a good impression. Maybe it was more fun in Star King, more like comedy! (Laughter.)
BGM: Working with producer David Foster on your debut album ‘Charice’ I can feel it’s really done by professional musicians. How was it working with him?
Charice: I worked so hard on it (my album). David Foster and I really let loose creatively on the album from start to finish. I think we got good results.
BGM: Charice, we would like to know what goals you still want to achieve?
Charice: My album debuted on the Billboard chart, it was Top 8, but my goal someday is to reach No. 1. Personally, I do not want to live forever as an artist. I just want a plain and simple life. After studying, I want to start my own business, I want to work as a lawyer in the entertainment field. I still go to the hotel in the evening and even if my schedule is busy, I’m still studying. (Laughter.)
BGM: Charice, there are many young people in the world who, like you before, have had a hard a difficult life, full of dreams. Now that you are fulfilling your dreams, what advice would you like to tell them?
Charice: Well .. If you do not believe in yourself, it will not work. Don’t always be so impatient, let it flow naturally. If we remain steadfast, you’ll have the chance eventually. Always do not forget all those people who helped you. Always be plain, simple, and humble.
BGM: Your debut album ‘Charice’ is very special. What songs would you like to recommend to the fans?
Charice:: ‘I Love You’ - 5th or 6th track from the album, is a song I’d like them to hear. It’s like popular K-Pop, Korean people like to have rhythm, it’s a cute song. Upon hearing it, it may sound like romantic lyrics but the song’s actually fun. “I love you, but now I regret it…” has a rhythmic beat and interesting lyrics that I’d recommend to listen to.
BGM: Charice, tell us your other favorite artist’s music. What are some of your favorites?
- ‘Crawl’ by Chris Brown. I do not know much about the lyrics, but I like the way Chris sings it – feeling kind of melody, it’s a sad song.
- ‘Not Afraid’ by Eminem. The reason.. I love Eminem! (Laughter.)
- ‘I Swear’ by All 4 One. One of the most romantic songs I’ve ever heard.
I could not possibly think even more. It’s my story. (Laughter.) And..
- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys ‘Empire State Of Mind’. Jay-Z is a great rapper and I think a great producer. I’ve met Jay-Z, I thought he was very humble and friendly. Personally, I pray that I can meet Beyonce, too, some day.
- Eminem again. ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Rihanna.
- And my No.1 Beyonce’s ‘Halo’.
Why… I think these are my favorite songs until I die.
- Oh and one more can I say? Super Junior’s ‘Sorry Sorry’. The composer who wrote the song is my friend, Drew Ryan Scott, the song’s English version.
BGM: Finally, for music lovers of Charice and Cyworld members, what do you want to tell them?
Charice: Thank you for the interview. I’d like people to listen to my songs from my debut album ‘Charice.’ And in the future, for all Charice fans, “the Chasters,” I’ll work hard for everything, including my live performances.
Public Relations & content creation interviewer: Lohengrin
Interview & Performance photos: Lohengrin, Tigerflowers
Interview Interpreter: Warner Music Korea
Interview Venue: SBS deungchondong open hall lobby
Thank you ~ (laughs)
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