A great voice deserves to record a great composition.
That exactly what had been achieved when crowd-pleaser Alisah Bonaobra, who wowed audiences in X-Factor UK and The Voice of the Philippines, interpreted a song called “Faithful” written by songwriting legend Cecile Azarcon.
The track, dropped in digital stores last week, quickly gained traction when its official music video was uploaded on YouTube by RJA Productions, which has well-managed Alisah in these hard times.
Simply said, it has all the marks of an uplifting song given that the tunesmith is the same person behind the classic “Lift Up Your Hands” popularized by Basil Valdez.
Netizen Stuart Blackwell noted having experienced “intense goosebumps” listening to it for the first time. Someone from Malaysia, Shaf Vogue, to express approval, commented that “Faithful” “deserves more likes and views.”
The video, which features Alisah in the act of laying down her vocals with some poetic sunlight backdrop, was hailed by the singer’s fanbase stronghold Alisah Warriors themselves, commending, “Congratulations to the whole production behind this another successful music video.”
Despite the pandemic, Alisah's career is on a roll this year, releasing four songs empowered by her voice.
Last October, she ensured listeners of good days ahead with “Kahit Na Malayo Pa Ang Pasko.” Her first song under a new management, “Ginto Ang Sandali” came out in April, followed by “Gintong Tinig” last August.
The stars aligned as the RJA headquarters and Cecile Azarcon-Inocentes happened to be both weaving magic in the San Francisco Bay area.
“Sobrang overwhelmed po ako sa blessings na dumarating sa akin kahit na may pandemic. Nagrequest po ako ng English song to interpret at ang binigay sa akin ay isang magandang composition na sinulat ni Ms. Cecile,” shared Alisah who recently chatted with members of the press via the zoom app.
The composer’s brilliance cannot be overstated. While that liturgical Basil classic may fit as her signature hit, other gems she scored are as memorable, including “Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin” (Martin Nievera), “I Think I’m In Love” (Kuh Ledesma), “How Did You Know” (Chiqui Pineda), “Even If” (Jam Morales), “Special Memory” (Iwi Laurel), “Reaching Out” (Gary Valenciano), and “Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga,” another Basil favorite.
The OPM icon related, “The music and lyrics just flowed together and fell into place as I reflected on the many times that I have experienced God's faithfulness in my life. Even in those times when I have not been faithful to Him, He remained faithful to me. May this song remind us that whether we are in good or bad times, God’s caring presence and unfailing love will prove to be our greatest treasure, security, and blessing.”
With “Faithful,” Alisah is extra grateful she was able to further honed her skill under the stewardship of vocal coach Arnie Mendaros and Cecile herself.
“From a songwriter’s perspective,” the lady OPM stalwart added, “Alisah was able to capture my sentiments which is actually a testimony of my own personal walk with God.”
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