Singer Moira dela Torre has really come a long way since winning in Himig Handog 2017 for interpreting the entry “Titibo-tibo.”
In just two years, Moira has become everyone’s favorite, especially for her hugot songs. She has several hits under her belt, including “Malaya,” “Torete,” and “Tagpuan.”
Moira even beat international singer Ariana Grande as the Most Streamed Female Artist for 2018 in music streaming service Spotify.
“It’s something I don’t think will ever sink in,” Moira said at the press launch of Spotify Jams: OPM Love Songs.
“I’m just honored to be here and be part of the Spotify family, and just to be part of OPM. I had come to terms with my heart that I will keep doing this. It’s such an honor and it’s great. But at the same time, it (the popularity) is something I don’t feel. I’m just happy and honored to represent OPM.”
With the advent of digital platforms, Moira has fully embraced how music and its consumption evolved.
“My very first recording was for a kid’s mall show for Trumpets workshop. I recorded it on a cassette tape. The next one was my very first demo on CD which was recoded by Clara Benin. I still have that CD.
“I saw the process of putting so much money and effort into your own songs, and the fear that you’re spending so much yet no one might want to hear it. And so I’m privileged to see how the music industry has evolved because of Spotify.”
On Feb. 8, Moira will released on Spotify her version of “Naalala Ka” by Rey Valera.
Spotify Jams: OPM Love Songs celebrates OPM music of the past and present. Spotify collaborated with some of the biggest Filipino artists of today to put their own unique, musical twist to their favorite OPM love songs of the past. This effort is really a canvas for the artists to showcase their celebration of love to their fans, and the inspiration behind their music.
Over the years, Moira is said to have written hundreds of songs, all of which helped with her depression in the past.
“My music helps me feel life more. The past couple of years have been hard for me to feel my seasons because everything’s been happening too quickly. I started journaling at seven and most of them started with ‘I don’t know what do anymore, is this really for me, is this really possible,’” she said.
Moira shared that music has made her “wiser and stronger.” With all things around her happening so fast, music helps her deal with her emotions.
Her fans can expect more from Moira this year as she is set to release the album “Braver.” She has just released “Ikaw At Ako,” a new single with her husband which also happens to be their wedding song.
Will Moira stick to her signature sound? The singer-songwriter simply said she will not veer from what people like.
Brighter days ahead
Now that she has entered a new phase in life, Moira has more inspirations in making good music.
“The ‘Malaya’ album is being hopeful and letting go of your past and feeling that you’re finally accepting that it’s okay to feel the pain. The ‘Braver’ album is more tribal. If ‘Malaya’ is letting go, ‘Braver’ is finding something that you will stand up for.
“We often say we’re gonna do something and we take the first step then we go around and do the exact thing that hurt us in the first place. It becomes self-inflicted pain and you’re just going in circles. ‘Braver’ is about going there, keeps going at it, and finally entering new seasons.”