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!

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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

 

NEW SONGS!!!

 

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I am so happy to have been tapped to sing songs included in the teleseryes “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala” and “Muling Buksan Ang Puso” showing on Primetime Bida on ABS CBN.

HKLM stars the one and only teleserye queen, Judy Ann Santos together with Sam Milby and KC Concepcion. Julia Montes, Enrique Gil and Enchong Dee leads the cast of MBAP.

For “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala”, I recorded “Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw” and for “Muling Buksan Ang Puso”, I did “Sinasamba Kita”. Click on the titles to download.

Both soundtracks are under Star Records.

 

NOW PLAYING

Okay, so I needed to update my playlist to get myself off from the “last song syndrome” I’ve been getting from the last Bruno Mars album, Unorthodox Jukebox. It has been on repeat mode on my player and I thought it was high time to move forward (although I still play it LOL It’s a great album). Here are some additions to my playlist.

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A far leap from what people think my type of music is. Yes, I am that eclectic. I can jump from Bruno to Frank Ocean to even Lana del Rey. So, yes… Jay Z. His latest album called Magna Carta… Holy Grail is pretty interesting. The hip hop album features vocals from Nas, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake and Mrs. Carter herself, Beyonce. But of course, it is what Jay Z has to say that is most noticed in the tracks. Each song is well produced and leaves a significant impression. My personal favorites are Holy Grail, Tom Ford and Part II (On The Run).

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After bringing sexy back in 2006, Justin releases his 3rd studio album called The 20/20 Experience. As always, his distinct voice & soulful falsetto soars and his catchy beats just infect your entirety to bob along with it. My personal favorites are Suit & Tie, Strawberry Bubblegum & Mirrors.

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As of this writing, Robin Thicke’s 6th album, Blurred Lines is still on the pre-order list but to give us a sample of what’s in store, he released the single of the same title. Based on write ups, Thicke describes this upcoming album as more “poppy’ and fun. Blurred Lines is catchy and features T.I. & Pharrell. A Cave Kings Remix was also released but nothing beats the original track. Also, the music video is worth checking out. (the one on the link is the safe version LOL. There is an unrated version which you need to log on to for age verification)

ALL ORIGINAL

One of the greatest achievements of a singer is to have at least a song that he can completely call his own… a song that no matter how many singers remake, it will always be his… a song that lives on when the singer is long gone.

After 9 years and 7 albums, I have released numerous singles that have stuck on the music lovers’ subconscious. To name a few, there was How Can I Fall, Love Always Finds A Way, Forevermore, The Impossible Dream and “my” most popular song, The Past. But of all these songs, there is one thing in common… they are all covers… not mine.

Moving to Star Records gave me a whole new playing field. New people. New ideas. New work ethics.

But first things first. I wanted my own original material. Original songs.

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I am so fortunate that Star Records put their faith and trust in me and allowed me to come up with my very first all original album… simply entitled ALL ORIGINAL.

The album consists of 10 fresh songs plus 2 bonus tracks. Everyone has their own “love theme” in this album. May it be for those in love, those hoping for love, even those who has lost love… or those who just wants to enjoy life.

Here are my favorite lines from the songs:

 

“Just one look and nothing else will matter… but for now… all you are is a wish.”

WISH by Garlic Garcia & Jonathan Manalo

 

“Can’t we just turn back the time when love was like flowers in bloom… when love once was beautiful.”

WHEN LOVE ONCE WAS BEAUTIFUL by Raizo Chabeldin & Biv de Vera

 

 ”At sapat na ang lahat basta dito ka lang…”

DITO LANG by Kiko Salazar

 

“Hangga’t may bukas pa, ikaw ay iibigin. Hangga’t may awit pa, sa ‘yo ako sinta…”

 IPINAPANGAKO KO by Christian Martinez

 

“Hinding hindi na ko maghahanap pa ng iba pagka’t sa yo’y wala nang hahanapin pa…”

 IKAW NA by Soc Villanueva

 

“Ang tangi kong dalangin… hanggang wakas makapiling… Ikaw sinta sa habang buhay…”

 SA HABANG BUHAY by Wilson John Escaner

 

“Kasalanan bang ibigin ka? Ang puso’y di tinuruan na mahalin ka…”

 TANGING IKAW by Jed Madela and Jonathan Manalo

 

“Aasahan ko at di maglalaho… Dinggin mo ang puso kong itong alay sa ‘yo…”

DALANGIN KO by Jimmy & Cymbee Antiporda

 

“When I do would you say you love me too? Love you did and do and will forever…”

 WILL FOREVER by Jungee Marcelo

 

“And no matter where or how far I go… When all is done, I come home to you…”

 HOME TO YOU by Trina Belamide

 

ALL ORIGINAL is under Star Records and is available in Philippine Music stores nationwide. Also, it can be downloaded on iTunes & MyMusicStore.com.ph