Bad Days, Good Days, Great Days!

I’m on Day 2 of my voice rest and til now, though a bit better, my voice is still MIA. All I can do is whisper and to those who don’t know, is more damaging. So, I’d rather text or write down things if I need anything.

I still haven’t had the chance to really “enjoy” the recognitions I received last Monday from the Aliw Awards Foundation. I can’t even shout for joy… or celebrate out with family and friends. That’ll have to wait. All I can do for now is just stare at these three pairs of hands on my bedroom shelf. An affirmation of a job well-done.

2014 Aliw Awards

To those who really know me, I put 101% into what I do. A perfectionist if you must say. In all my concerts and performances, I have to be hands on and give it my best. That is what people came to watch… that is what people paid good money for… and that is what I want to give. Aside from them hearing my voice and my songs, I want everyone to leave the venue with memories of a great show and not feel short changed.

 

X: THE JED MADELA 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: 2014 BEST MAJOR CONCERT

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I am very happy that X : The Jed Madela 10th Anniversary concert won BEST MAJOR CONCERT for 2014. I am humbled, actually, because I know I was nominated alongside with great concerts this year who were equally, or even way grand than mine. 

When we were conceptualising this concert, I just wanted to stay true and sincere to my audience… what happened in those 10 years? That was the concept of X… the story of my journey in this industry.

I just want to thank my producers headed by Ronald Pineda of Folded & Hung for believing in me that they invested so much in this anniversary celebration.

To the staff and the entire backstage team… I owe this to you guys! To my musicians headed by the amazing Mel Villena (who was also nominated as Best Musical Director for this concert), hats off to you for such amazing music that night.

To my director, Mr. Johnny Manahan who also won Best Director in a Concert for this show… Mr. M… thank you!

Jed with Mr M

To my family in Iloilo who played a big part in my journey… whom I dedicated a segment in that concert called “Proud of Your Boy”… Thank you. And you guys know how much I love you. I hope you are proud of me…

To my manager and aunt, Tita Annie, who I bantered with when we were coming up with the concert… our efforts paid off! … and I’m looking forward to more crazy ideas on the kitchen counter! Hahaha

And to everyone who went out of their way to buy tickets and spend time with me at the Philippine International Convention Centre for that anniversary concert… THANK YOU!

 

ALL REQUESTS 2 : 2014 BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CONCERT 

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Another concert I am really proud of is ALL REQUESTS at the Music Museum! It was designed for the intimate venue and to be more interactive with the audience.

If there’s one thing that I don’t find comfortable in a concert, it’s that gap between me and the audience. That idea of “you sit there and listen while I sing onstage”… No. This concert wiped that away. Everyone was part of the show.

To those who weren’t there for the 3 shows, (yeah, it has been done 3 times and another repeat is on its way), every song I sang in the show were requests from the audience who posted them online may it be through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Some may say it has been done… Yes, it has… but here’s the twist… on the night of the concert, as people queued their way into the venue, they’d write their request on a piece of paper and drop it in a fishbowl… and in the middle of the show I’d randomly pick a song and perform it on the spot! That was the most fun part of the show! I’d never know what I’d be challenged to sing!

For this concert, I would like to thank my producer Moises Manio and his entire team for making this show a reality.

Also, I would like to thank my amazing musicians & back up vocals for ALL REQUESTS because you guys are just simply amazing! Imagine, playing and singing songs on the spot?!!

I also would like to thank my special guests that night… Y-Fi, Xtreme Dancers and the Darren Espanto.

I hope and pray that you come to the next staging of ALL REQUESTS next year! And a Philippine Tour??? Why not?? We’ll keep you posted!

 

2014 ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

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Now this was really unexpected!

In my speech I said that when I won in 2005 at the World Championships of Performing Arts  and when I was inducted into the Performing Arts Hall of Fame in Hollywood in 2013, I considered it a highlight of my career. To be recognised by such is already an honour. My name would be in the books forever!

But last night, when I received the award for 2014 Entertainer of the Year, it gave me another thing to be proud of. Not because I received another award… but because that award came from my fellow Filipinos… my colleagues in the business. To be acknowledged and recognised by your own in your home country is something to be proud of!

I share this award to everyone in the industry whose only goal is to entertain. That’s how it should be, right? That should be in the mind set of every performer who steps onstage. People may know you to have a wonderful voice… or a set of wonderful dancing feet… but if you only do it to show off and not to connect, then it’s no use. What matters is that when you’re onstage and when people watch you, they will be entertained… and leave the place with only good words about your performance.

Also, a great big shout out to all the producers of live concerts! You guys are the reasons why it is possible for us to perform live! We know that producing a concert is painstakingly difficult and requires a whole bunch of money but if you have the heart of a true artist, you’ll get through! All with the right mind set… and of course the right planning.

Again, thank you to Madam Alice Reyes and the men and women of the Aliw Awards Foundation. More power to you!

And to everyone who has supported me in my journey, I share these awards with you. Here’s to another great year ahead of us! More live performances!

Love life. Love music. Just love. -JM

 

The Fishbowl Awaits!

 

THE FISHBOWL AWAITS!!! Every one of you gets to challenge Jed Madela to sing a song you’d like to hear him sing on the spot. As soon as you enter the Music Museum on the concert night (Nov 21), you get to write on a piece of paper your song request and drop it in a fishbowl… in one segment, he picks up song requests (see photo) with a rule that goes “No request refused!”. This is going to be fun! See you on Nov 21st at the Music Museum for the 3rd run of his concert, ALL REQUESTS. ‪#‎allrequests3‬

(Post from Annie Tajanlangit Mercado’s Facebook)

All Requests Fishbowl Segment

For tickets for ALL REQUESTS 3, call TICKETWORLD at 891-9999 or SM Tickets at 470-2222. For special seats, you can also call 0917522-38-73.

 

WHAT’S IN A CONCERT?

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As a stage performer, director and creative consultant, I believe that every concert should be a reflection of the artist’s personality. It should tell a story… his story.

Every concert that I have done always had a theme. Looking back, I always had to have a theme that would bind the show together and not just mount a production just for the heck of it.

When I was starting, I depended entirely on a director, a writer and a musical director to do the entire production. I’d just learn my songs, learn my lines, do my blocking then that was it! Though the shows got good reviews, I personally felt disconnected and didn’t feel sincere in my performances. I was singing songs that had no meaning to me… singing them just because they were the hits during that time. I was saying words in my spiels that I personally wouldn’t find myself using on a normal basis. That wasn’t me. It was all memorised.

That was when I decided to be “hands-on” when it came to the planning. If ever we had to get a director, I had to sit down with him and pour out my  creative and artistic inputs. Same went with the music, the costumes, the stage design and even the spiels.

That was when we “gave birth” to some of my signature concerts that really showed who I really was. First, there was “Christmas with The Voice”… then came “Beyond Expectations”… “Back To Basics”… “X – The Jed Madela 10th Anniversary Concert”… and the latest one, “All Requests”.

The “All Requests” concept is plain and simple. You request, I sing. A few months back, before the first show was staged, we announced on social media that we were soliciting songs from fans for the show. Songs that they’d like to hear me sing. Surprisingly, there was an outpour of random requests! From pop to rock… opera and novelty… to inspirational and dance! Name it, it was all there!

As an added bonus, as the audience queued  into the venue, a fishbowl was placed and they’d drop their requests into it. In the middle of the show, I’d get the fishbowl and randomly pick a song and do it on the spot! Pretty neat huh? For that, you’d need an amazing band (I have amazing musicians! Believe me!), a sharp memory, an entire repertoire of different genres & pretty fast internet (for the lyrics on the prompter). LOL

As of this writing, “All Requests” has been staged twice and is about to be slated for another run on the 21st of November… that’s ALL REQUESTS 3!

Joining me onstage is 5th Gen, a group of Filipino World Champions from the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, Himig Handog finalist, Michael Pangilinan, The Voice Kids Philippines runner up, Juan Karlos Labajo and Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda.

Join me once again as I perform the songs you requested for. And to those who are wondering if the songs from AR1 and AR2 are the same with AR3, well, some are but we have added more of your requests to the line up! Did your request make it? Well, you’d have to watch to find out!

For tickets, call Ticketnet at 891-9999 and SM Tickets at 470-2222. For special seats, contact 09175223873.

CELEBRATING TEN

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I can’t believe it’s been ten years! Seems like yesterday when I was sitting on my aunt’s porch bawling my eyes out coz I didn’t want to fly to Michigan to train as a flight attendant. Yep! You heard it right. Singing wasn’t my career priority when I moved to Manila. Actually singing was never even an option to be a career. It was just a hobby. But as fate planned it, I’m here. And I am grateful!

Come November 15, 2013, I will be celebrating my 10th year in the business with a concert marking the milestone. It will be at the iconic Philippine International Convention Center Plenary Hall. Collaborating with my aunt, Annie Mercado, this concert will be a big throwback of my highs and lows in the industry. Speaking of highs and lows, there will definitely be a lot of them in the songs I’ll be doing! (It’s actually pretty exciting running through the song line up! LOL)

What makes this concert special? All proceeds will go to charity. Bright Halls Children’s Foundation is charity that takes care of abandoned babies 0-3 years old. So, to those who will be buying tickets, God bless your hearts coz you will be helping a lot. The money you will share will give these babies a brighter future.

Working under the creative eye of my director, Mr. Johnny Manahan (or Mr. M as everyone calls him), this concert will be something I will never ever forget. And for the music, I have put my faith and trust on the amazing Mr. Mel Villena together with the very entertaining AMP Band.

So, I really hope to see you all on that very special evening!

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