Our hearts go out to the Indonesian families who suffered in the recent natural disasters. The sold-out concert could not have been more poignant or uplifting. David Foster and Friends brought with them a power-packed, feel-good message in the language of music. And our darling Charice elicited two standing ovations for her performances, one of which was the Celine classic, “Power of Love.”
With a tone of concern, David Foster told one reporter, “You think we in America do not know about all this disaster? In fact, we know it.” In fact, David is reported to have created a special song for the Jakarta concert dedicated to the disaster victims.
This was a smaller audience with only 2900 seats, but the room was crammed with enthusiastic music lovers who had grabbed their tickets early, selling out the performance back in September—a full month before the show. This is made all the more amazing when you look at the mind-numbing prices charged for the tickets—ranging from $112 to $2800 (US dollars). Now, that’s a lotta love for music!
You gotta love it when Charice sings Celine Dion’s “Power of Love.” She added to her performance a number of other great songs, including the Bodyguard Medley, “To Love You More” and “All by Myself,” another favorite made famous by Celine.
And Chasters, I thought we would have no videos of the performance. Security for the intimate crowd was intense! Camcorders were explicitly prohibited. But I just found out about a vid that did sneak through—Charice giving us the “Power of Love.”
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We also snagged an exclusive interview with David Foster, and I think I heard Charice singing in the background. Love it!
David said he was glad to be back in Jakarta after 18 years. He regretted not making the recent jazz festival, having missed it narrowly, but he vowed to make next year’s festival in Jakarta. Why Jakarta? David explained that the city is alive with music and that the citizens love their music. With the show selling out a month in advance, we can see that.
Having fun with the audience, David likes to pull some of the listeners up on stage to participate. And David did not forget to mention all of the great talent he has seen in Indonesia. He offered words of encouragement, that the world is becoming so small that an Indonesian musician has just as much chance as anyone else in the world. Yep! Look how fast Charice rocketed to stardom. Talent, hard work and determination pay off.
Charice and the rest of the DFF gang have now moved on to Singapore—the last leg of their Asian tour—then it’s back to the States. Charice needs to record some new songs, and, of course, she has her role on “Glee,” Fox television’s hit series.
By Carl Martin, charicemania.com
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