It may be hard to believe coming from one of the finest OPM singers ever that she is now taking voice lessons but that’s what Regine Velasquez has been doing lately.
At a press conference for her upcoming major concert, the songbird said she is “re-learning” to sing under Anne Quintos of premier vocal group The CompanY.
“Para lang ma-prepare ko ’yung (boses ko),” she said. “Kasi hindi rin ako kumakanta lagi, (at) para ma-prepare ko ’yung sarili ko and mga songs.”
She initially found it “weird” undergoing training all over again. For ever so long, and till the day he passed away, her mentor had always just been her father, Mang Gerry.
“It’s weird because in my head, this is very easy for me to do. But physically, hindi na siya gano’n.” Regine remarked.
“We all change eh, ’di ba? Physically, we don’t have a choice. So I guess I will have to work on what I have now (vocal-wise) and get used to it. And I have a lot of people helping me go through this process.”
Later, in a one-on-one interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Regine was straightforward in stating, “I’m older. Obviously I sound different. I don’t anymore sound like (I did) 20 years back. And I will never sound like that again.”
Then again, Regine did have some good things to say about her voice and sound these days.
“What I like about my voice now is, it’s fuller, it’s rounder and parang mas may texture siya, I guess. Kaya lang I still have to get used to it. Kasi I’m not used to me sounding this way. But when I was listening to it, I liked it.”
Well, Regine still sounds powerful, that’s for sure. This is evidenced by the one-two combo songs she recently released. While her cover of Up Dharma Down’s “Tadhana” was a more nuanced affair, the new song “Hugot” features some powerful highlights. Both are from her upcoming triple-album release featuring originals, some cover songs, and a revisiting of her most popular hits.
Regine’s album and concert are in line with the celebration of her 30 years in show business.