Hit-making singer-songwriter Ebe Dancel makes his presence felt in the month of hearts with a new single “Habangbuhay” dropped on digital stores today. It is also the title track of his four-song EP to be released on Feb. 18.
The inspirational, radio-friendly song is released and published by Widescope Entertainment, the label that became home to the former frontman of legendary band Sugarfree whose subsequent solo career turned out to be among the finest examples that there is much still to offer from a brilliant act after a successful band stint.
“‘Habangbuhay’ is a promise of a better life. It’s the realization of one’s dream of finding happiness and holding on to it for the rest of his/her life,” shared Ebe who has kept himself solidly intact throughout the pandemic through continuous creative work and by sharing his laudable skills with new-blood musicians.
“Habangbuhay” showcases the singer’s trademark tenor and refreshing rhythms that embrace his sincere lyricism. Everything in the arrangement matches the depth of his voice. Well, there’s actually more to the piece apart from being Ebe’s latest single as it is also, in his own words, “the last song in a wedding-themed EP collection.”
The first three were “Manatili,” “Tanging Kailangan,” and “Huling Unang Sayaw.”
Ebe noted, “Think of it as the song you play after the reception when the couple leaves and everyone wishes them well.”
One of the most respected names in 21st century OPM deserved a stellar cast of men behind the scenes backing him up. Three on top are executive producer Vic de Vera, supervising producer Neil Gregorio, and, yes, producer Rico Blanco.
“Habangbuhay” is mixed and mastered by the equally revered Angee Rozul, with ample help from vocal recording engineers Robert Seña and King Puentespina.
A trio of competent musicians helped Ebe, with John Apura on guitars, keyboards, and strings programming, Roger Alcantara on bass, and Nash Ignacio on drums.