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Training the spotlight on Philippine love ballads

Filipino-American music director to the stars  Troy Laureta  has released  Kaibigan: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective  featuring the voices of world-class artists  AILEE, Cheesa, Jake Zyrus, Matt Bloyd, Nicole Scherzinger, Pia Toscano, Regine Velasquez,  and  Sheléa.

Co-produced with ABS-CBN Music International, Laureta’s  Kaibigan  album seeks to put legendary Pinoy love songs in the global spotlight.

Big names in music like Ailee, Cheesa, Jake Zyrus, Matt Bloyd, Nicole Scherzinger, Pia Toscano, Regine Velasquez, and Sheléa lend their voices for ‘Kaibigan: A Troy Laurete OPM Collective’ album.
Big names in music like Ailee, Cheesa, Jake Zyrus, Matt Bloyd, Nicole Scherzinger, Pia Toscano, Regine Velasquez, and Sheléa lend their voices for ‘Kaibigan: A Troy Laurete OPM Collective’ album.
The fresh music collection, released on Nov. 22, kicks off with a short intro of “Harana” followed by eight Filipino tracks rendered by musicians from the US and Asia performed by Laureta’s friends he met in his musical journey.    

South Korean artist AILEE interpreted  Martin Nievera’s “Kahit Isang Saglit,” a staple in the Laureta household being one of the karaoke anthems of music director’s father.  

YouTube star  Matt Bloyd, whom Laureta described as a “phenomenal singer” from Los Angeles is the singer behind the rendition of  Jay-R’s “Bakit Pa Ba,” which is one of Laureta’s favorite songs by his OPM songwriting idol,  Vehnee Saturno.  

America’s  The Voice  season 2 quarterfinalist Cheesa, meanwhile, rendered the  Jessa Zaragoza  original “Bakit Pa.”  

“I grew up singing ‘Bakit Pa’ with my little sister, Cheesa. We knew we had to revive this song together, put our spin on it and bring it back to our childhood days,” Laureta divulged.  

He also tapped former  Pussycat Dolls  member Nicole Scherzinger to do a version of Regine’s original song “Pangako.”  

For the song “Kailangan Kita” written by  Ogie Alcasid, he selected  American Idol  season 10 finalist  Pia Toscano  to do the interpretation. The New York-based singer who loves Filipino music, according to Laureta, has an incomparable talent for belting out love songs.  

Jake Zyrus was chosen to sing “Usahay,” a song Troy dedicates to his grandmother and mother who hail from Cebu. “I wanted to do a stoic, simple version of this song with Jake, concentrating on his tone and drawing out the emotion that exudes from a song like ‘Usahay,’” he said.    

Laureta also included “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” composed by  Jonathan Manalo  and first recorded by  Angeline Quinto, for its encouraging message of following one’s dreams. He tapped the American singer, songwriter, and pianist Sheléa whom he believed was perfect for the song.  

Laureta ends the album with a track dedicated to his grandfather, a special rendition of “Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan” by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.    

Kaibigan  album is out now on digital platforms worldwide.

Topics: Troy Laureta , Kaibigan: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective , Philippine love ballads , AILEE , Cheesa , Jake Zyrus , Matt Bloyd , Nicole Scherzinger , Pia Toscano , Regine Velasquez , Sheléa
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