Christmas is a few weeks away yet in the Philippines, music lovers are already flipping their stereos to holiday-centric playlists.
And while many Christmas songs are celebratory, say, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Jingle Bell Rock,” there are also tunes quite melancholy.
A fine example is “Another Silent Christmas Song,” a duet between “American Idol” alumna Jessica Sanchez and Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista.
“We can’t deny that Filipinos love those sad Christmas songs,” Christian told Bulletin Entertainment when asked why they decided to go with the emotion.
“But regardless, this song is something not to miss. The melody is amazing and I can proudly say it is beautiful.”
“Another Silent Christmas Song” is written by American record producer and songwriter Bryan Todd and multi-Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning poet Steven Sater. The music video of the song was shot in Manila and it is due out this month.
It is not the first time Christian and Jessica collaborated. Last year, they did “Two Forevers” for his album “Kapit.”
“I guess our Christmas song came at the right time. We had a hard time matching our schedules since we are both busy with our respective careers,” Christian explained. “It’s nice that Jessica is in the country now and she’s able to promote the song. We’re good friends and it’s an honor to work with her anew.”
Exploring her roots
Jessica admitted she can’t really relate to sad Christmas songs, being a “very festive person” herself.
“Back home, when the holiday season comes in, I put up a tree and decorate our house. We all know that everyone has bad days, sometimes we are down. But me, I always set that aside to celebrate Christmas,” she shared.
Based in the United States, Jessica hasn’t got much time to touch base in the Philippines.
In fact, she hasn’t experienced Christmas the Filipino way. Did you know that the country celebrates the world’s holiday season, with Christmas carols heard as early September and lasting presumably until January?
“I would love to experience that in the coming years. Fingers-crossed,” she smiled.
Why not stay in the Philippines for good, a writer suggested.
“I would love to. I actually want to give back to the Filipino community, explore my roots, travel and learn more Filipino words because it is such a beautiful language,” she said, adding that should it push through, she looks forward to collaborating with local artists like Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.
Jessica is in the country for her concert, “Jessica Sanchez With Special Guest Martin Nievera,” last night at The Theater at Solaire. Her repertoire included Filipino favorites such as “I Will Always Love You,” “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Have Nothing.”
The 23-year-old singer also signed up with Stages Talents Group, the same talent arm that handles Christian’s career.
Going back to Christian, the 37-year-old singer is part of GMA’s variety show “Studio 7,” which airs Sunday night.
According to him, the show is doing good ratings-wise. He squashed notions of changing time slot.
Christian is seen on the show performing with younger artists, including “The Clash” finalists. He thinks he has some sort of responsibility to guide them on the right career path.
“When Mark Bautista and I were starting in the industry, we actually didn’t know what to do,” he admitted. “But there are a lot of senior artists who are not selfish at all and they helped us. That’s what we try to do as well now; we’re open to help if they want it. I see myself in them. I remember that time I was new.”
But he is not the type who “insists” on giving guidance when it’s not “needed,” he noted.
“Every singer is different. Some ask for help, some don’t and that’s okay. On my part, I analyze the personality first. If I notice that he needs me, then I’ll help him out. So far, the Clashers are all very appreciative,” he said.
Asked for advice to “The Clashers” – namely Golden Cañedo, Jong Madaliday, Josh Adornado, Mirriam Manalo, and Garrett Bolden – Christian has this to say.
“Get it faster than we did,” he said. “Their career is on the fast track because right after the competition, they already have a show. They have to remember that everything is trial and error until you find something. So the best advice is: Find your niche, find your base, find your audience, and build on it.”
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