Sarah .. the Future of OPM

edited July 2006 in Special Features
Famed International Producer affirms... MB.com.ph - 23Jul06Famed international producer affirms Sarah Geronimo is future of OPM

By JOJO P. PANALIGAN
Famed International producer Christian de Walden says that though other Filipino female artists are good, SARAH GERONIMO is "the future of OPM."

The personality of her voice is phenomenally distinct. Many have great voices but they tend to imitate foreign divas like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. Sarah's voice is Sarah Geronimo all the way. And although Sarah acknowledges that Regine Velasquez is her idol, people who really know music can tell Sarah's voice is her own. She definitely is the biggest talent I have come across with the last ten years, " says Christian during the album launch of Sarah's latest CD "Becoming," which he co-produced with Carlo Nasi.

Christian was particularly astounded by Sarah's ability to not only learn a song fast but style it almost worthy patent.

"When we gave her songs for this album, what she got was songwriter's demo. This means Sarah has no one to pattern her voice to and that she has to put her personality into each. And how she did, "says Christian.

This is most apparent in "Carry My Love," one of few ballads in "Becoming" that bear Sarah's belting style of singing. Recorded in L.A. a few months back, Christian recalls giving the study of "Carry" to Sarah mere minutes before she hit the studio.

"I forgot to give her a copy of the demo days earlier so she ended up studying the song in my hotel room right before our session. I thought we would end up doing many takes of the song to get it right but, no, she did "Carry" in just two, three takes,"says Christian.

The famed producer credited credited for tens of millions of albums sold by Latin artists in Europe and Latin America was impressed with Sarah's vocal performance in "Carry" that he had it listened to by his best friend, Humberto Gatica. Humberto has worked on several albums of Gloria Estefan and Celine Dion.
"After listening to it speechlessly, he turned to me and asked, Who is she?' And I told him, 'She's one of the superstars in the Philippines.' Humberto said, 'I will make sure Celine will hear this song once she finishes her stint in Vegas when it's time to do her next album. You're right, this Sarah is amazing!' says Christian.

A believer in Filipino talents since the 70's, Christian lowers his fee whenever he accedes to producing albums for Viva. His only condition is that the talent must be worth his time; one that, upon hearing, would blow him away.
"If I ask for my usual rate, then I'm afraid, Viva or any record label here could not afford my services. The rate i get for the albums I do for Viva is not enough to see me through in America. The only reason I could afford to do these is because i have big-budgeted projects abroad that sort of subsidize my projects here. I don't mind. I believe in Filipino talents especially Sarah,' says Christian.

The promotional single off "Becoming" is "I Still Believe In Loving You' which was co-written by Filipino Jimmy Borja (now based in the U.S.) with American lyricists Lori Barth and Raff Stenmmann. Many who know Sarah's past hits "How Could You Say You Love Me" and "Forever's Not Enough" note the the singer didn't hit the high notes as much in "Believe" and so concludes it's easy to sing.

To which Christian disagrees.

"‘I Still’ is equally challenging vocally and range-wise. One should take into consideration that Sarah starts off really low in ‘Believe’ and ends up doing falsetto at the end. It sounds easy but it’s really a tricky song to do which Sarah passed with flying colors," says Christian.

He adds: "Besides, not all songs demand that you hit the high notes all the time. We certainly were not thinking in that line when we were making ‘Becoming.’ What we went for were songs that could vie in the international market and those with universal appeal that grow on listeners."

To perfect "Becoming," Viva Records, upon advice of Christian, also flew in Italian mixing engineer Luca Vittori apart from assembling a cast of musicians and arrangers from the U.S., Europe and Manila.

"Luca is very successful in Europe and is one of the best when it comes to pitch correction. With the digital age upon us, listeners hear every detail in recording especially when using the headset. We wanted the cleanest sound of instruments and voice as possible," says Christian who also brought in his own equipment especially for "Becoming."

Sarah’s latest album is not only important to the singer but to Viva Records, too. Touted to be their first stab at conquering the international market, no expense was spared by the company in coming up with ‘Becoming’ even if it meant recording in three locations. These were at Flamingo Café Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Subside Studios in Fiuggi, Italy and Amerasian Studios in Manila. Additional engineering was done by George Landress, Fabio Angelini, Walter Clissen, Tony Peluso and David Bacon, hence, that ‘international sound.’

The investment promises signs of pay off. With the help of Christian, Viva is now near to closing deals for the release of the album in Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia.

"If someone like Jennifer Lopez could make it internationally, why can’t Sarah? Even just vocally, they are miles apart. If J.Lo can do A to B, Sarah can do A to G. Sarah just needs to keep on doing originals. And being an original," ends Christian.

Other songs in "Becoming" are "Iingatan Ko (Ang Pag-ibig Mo);" "You Mean The World To Me;" "After Love;" "Baby Blue;" "Alaala Mo;" "And I’m In Love Again;" "Kaibigan;" "Don’t You Worry;" "Magliliwanag Rin…Muli;" "Is This Love;" "Peace Is All We Know" and; "So Heartbroken."

"Becoming" is sponsored by Zed Philippines, Jollibee, Skechers USA, Islander, G-Shock, Video City, Kolin, Crowne Plaza Galleria, 90.7 Love Radio and Manila Bulletin.


EDIT: Source - http://www.mb.com.ph/archive_pages.php?url...6072369898.html
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Comments

  • lovejoylovejoy Popster
    edited 2:26AM
    Wow! Thanks jarrod! very nice article!!!

    wala na talaga ko masabi kay Sarah!! Galing!! th_GoSG.jpg sarah4ever.gif
  • ChairCChairC Bungi Fanatic
    edited 2:26AM
    thanks jarrod! l... kindly share the source too... thanks 6.gif PRESENT & FUTURE! bigatin talaga! BWN just turned Gold!
  • JoeJoe
    edited July 2006
    wow! sana totoo lahat! ang galeng, dream come true for sarah if celine does hear her sing the song!.. dang, bakit pa kasi wala pa sa south ng album niya eh!

    lets all support and promote her album, worldwide!!! if sarah makes good in this international release, its us filipinos that will benefit! I really feel that sarah is a legit filipino who can enter the worldwide market, have americans, asians, blacks and whites, buy this album, lets promote it!
  • edited 2:26AM
    wow naman! thanks po sa article. ganda! impressed na tlga ako kay sarah! dapat by this week makabili na ko ng album nya! grrrrr! maganda po ba tlaga yang Carry My Love??? exciting!
  • edited 2:26AM
    wow...sobrang galing talaga ni sarah. Ill go and grab my copy now and then I'll try to write my own review for each song. I'm sure all those songs will be a big hit. We need to promote her album para next week...gold na ito...or better yet, platinum na!
  • edited 2:26AM
    para kay SARAH worship.gif worship.gif
  • edited 2:26AM
    from MANILA BULLETIN ONLINE by JOJO PANAGANAN i think, na delete ko na kasi yong e-mail. Sorry po. 6.gif alt=':6:' ] spoton.gif alt=':T' ] cloud9.gif alt=':9' ] biggrin.gif
  • edited 2:26AM
    tagahanga wrote on Jul 23 2006, 02:41 PM:
    wow naman! thanks po sa article. ganda! impressed na tlga ako kay sarah! dapat by this week makabili na ko ng album nya! grrrrr! maganda po ba tlaga yang Carry My Love??? exciting!

    yes. not the formulaic ballad.
  • edited 2:26AM
    Thanks jarrod for this great article about our pretty & beautiful Lady Sarah!

    That's what I've been saying about Sarah's voice.....ang daming magaganda
    rin ang voice sa mga singers sa PI....pero iba ang voice ni Sarah, tama si
    Mr. de Walden ng sabihin niya na "the personality of Sarah's voice is
    phenominally distinct"......yon din ang reason kung bakit nagustuhan ko ng
    grabe si Sarah......the best ang quality ng voice niya!
  • edited 2:26AM
    galing, da best ka talaga sarah! newlaugh.gif
  • edited 2:26AM
    thanks 4 sharin
  • edited 2:26AM
    wow congrats prinsesa sarah nag iisa ka talaga... ilang taon ka palang sa music industry ang laki na ang naitulong mo
  • jarrod wrote on Jul 23 2006, 12:45 PM:
    Famed International producer Christian de Walden says that though other Filipino female artists are good, SARAH GERONIMO is "the future of OPM."

    The personality of her voice is phenomenally distinct. Many have great voices but they tend to imitate foreign divas like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. Sarah's voice is Sarah Geronimo all the way. And although Sarah acknowledges that Regine Velasquez is her idol, people who really know music can tell Sarah's voice is her own. She definitely is the biggest talent I have come across with the last ten years, " says Christian during the album launch of Sarah's latest CD "Becoming," which he co-produced with Carlo Nasi.

    Christian was particularly astounded by Sarah's ability to not only learn a song fast but style it almost worthy patent.
    "When we gave her songs for this album, what she got was songwriter's demo. This means Sarah has no one to pattern her voice to and that she has to put her personality into each. And how she did, "says Christian.

    This is most apparent in "Carry My Love," one of few ballads in "Becoming" that bear Sarah's belting style of singing. Recorded in L.A. a few months back, Christian recalls giving the study of "Carry" to Sarah mere minutes before she hit the studio.

    "I forgot to give her a copy of the demo days earlier so she ended up studying the song in my hotel room right before our session. I thought we would end up doing many takes of the song to get it right but, no, she did "Carry" in just two, three takes,"says Christian.

    The famed producer credited credited for tens of millions of albums sold by Latin artists in Europe and Latin America was impressed with Sarah's vocal performance in "Carry" that he had it listened to by his best friend, Humberto Gatica. Humberto has worked on several albums of Gloria Estefan and Celine Dion.
    "After listening to it speechlessly, he turned to me and asked, Who is she?' And I told him, 'She's one of the superstars in the Philippines.' Humberto said, 'I will make sure Celine will hear this song once she finishes her stint in Vegas when it's time to do her next album. You're right, this Sarah is amazing!' says Christian.

    A believer in Filipino talents since the 70's, Christian lowers his fee whenever he accedes to producing albums for Viva. His only condition is that the talent must be worth his time; one that, upon hearing, would blow him away.
    "If I ask for my usual rate, then I'm afraid, Viva or any record label here could not afford my services. The rate i get for the albums I do for Viva is not enough to see me through in America. The only reason I could afford to do these is because i have big-budgeted projects abroad that sort of subsidize my projects here. I don't mind. I believe in Filipino talents especially Sarah,' says Christian.

    The promotional single off "Becoming" is "I Still Believe In Loving You' which was co-written by Filipino Jimmy Borja (now based in the U.S.) with American lyricists Lori Barth and Raff Stenmmann. Many who know Sarah's past hits "How Could You Say You Love Me" and "Forever's Not Enough" note the the singer didn't hit the high notes as much in "Believe" and so concludes it's easy to sing.

    wow, speechless ako sa article na ito. all i can say is, mukhang unti unti ng matutapad ang dream ni ate sarah na maging international star! sana matuloy lahat ng plans for her!
  • outriggeroutrigger One SG Force
    edited 2:26AM
    great article! spoton.gif alt=':T' ] each sentence just made me go, "wow, oo nga...very true".... haay, nakakatuwa talaga....spoton.gif alt=':T' ]

    thanks so much for sharing! sleazy.gif
  • gnngnn
    edited 2:26AM
    cloud9.gif alt=':9' ] I feel i'm upon the clouds while reading this article... cloud9.gif alt=':9' ]

    So glad really for Sarah... Mr. Walden wasn't the first American to notice the special talent that Sarah has... there was already this american DJ who admittedly that he just couldn't keep shedding tears while watching Sarah's concert because of the undescribable singing prowess of Sarah...

    But of course if it is from Mr. Walden it is of another story, you're impressed to the maximum because what I know is that he's one who got authority when it comes to music...

    WHAT A BIG BIG GIFT FOR SARAH this article did brought...

    HAPPY HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY TO SARAH!!! flowers.gif flowers.gif
  • edited 2:26AM
    LAKAS TLAGA NI Sarah! spoton.gif alt=':T' ] SIMPLY AMAZING! anggaling.gif
  • edited 2:26AM
    grabe talaga!speechless...basta congrats SARAH and im so happy for you!
  • DanDan Founder / Admin
    edited 2:26AM
    whew! I got goose bumps all over again. Thanks for posting the article.
  • edited 2:26AM
    THANKS 4 SHARIN
  • edited 2:26AM
    wow, such kind words from Mr. Christian!!! hehe.........that's so nice........thanks for sharing that jarrod!!!!! spoton.gif
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