Voice on Vacation

Voice on Vacation

It’s been more than a week and I’m happy to say that the voice is coming back. Although not in tip-top shape, somehow, I know it’s getting better. I’ll be visiting my voice doctor later and hopefully he’d give me the go-signal to start singing again.

Of course, I’d start from square one and do vocalisations before getting back to my normal singing. Remember, the vocal chords are muscles and mine has been at rest for quite some time and just like any regular muscle, you’d have to warm them up. Baby steps.

The last few days were quite difficult for me. This was the first time this has happened! Yeah, I’ve lost my voice in the past but after a day or two, I’d be back belting out all those notes. This time was different. It was really bad… really bad.

Looking back, I did push myself too hard. I thought to myself that If I don’t think about getting tired too much, maybe I won’t get tired. I thought it was all in the mind. But no… the body, when tired, also gives in. I think it all started with ALL REQUESTS 3. Long hours of rehearsals plus the actual show did take a toll on me. I recall struggling during sound check on the actual day! People would say… “Pffft! Kaya mo yan! Ikaw pa?? Jed Madela ka eh!” (You can do it! You ARE Jed Madela!)

Let me side-sway a bit. That comment really stresses me out. Whenever I say, “Im not in tip-top shape”… or “My voice is really bad today…”, no one seems to believe me. Ah, guys, I’m human too, you know. I have bad days. But nope… I still get that… “Suuuus! Ikaw pa! Kaya mo yan!” (You can do it!). Then I just get pressured.

Anyway, going back… I just found out that ALL REQUESTS 3 ran for around 3 hours and a half! Geez! Yeah, I was having so much fun belting out all your requests that I forgot about the time… and I forgot that I was straining my vocal chords too hard. Then after that concert, I had to travel to Baguio (which took us around 5 hours) for the Lani Misalucha concert. There, I started feeling it already… I was very careful with my notes because I knew If I just let it go carelessly, I’d crack. Then a couple corporate shows followed… then I did ASAP… then taped KrisTV belting out Lani Misalucha hits… then off to the Aliw Awards. THERE! I already felt that my voice was giving up. Sound check was fine. But during the actual number, I felt my throat getting tight… and my voice disappearing! And I was singing side by side Philippine Icons, Dulce and Pilita Corrales! Geez! Triple the pressure!

That didn’t end there. I was required to stay because I was nominated for a couple awards and I was told to prepare another song just “in case”. Well, now I know what that “in case” was for… In case I won ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR! Well, I did! But by the time they announced my name, my voice was gone. I was supposed to sing “ Climb Every Mountain” but ended up singing a simplified version of “The Past”.

Geez! Of all the days to disappear?!! When I am announced ‘Entertainer of the Year’ and I can’t even entertain?! I was so frustrated!!

After that, we just had to cancel shows. As goodwill, all I could do was still attend the events but only do an appearance. That was to just stand onstage and wave. That was so frustrating and disappointing on my part. I couldn’t even absorb the feeling of being on stage and not doing a number. I felt useless.

But in this entire week, it made me stop and realise that you really don’t know what will happen next. At one moment, you’re on the go and in a snap, it just stops and changes to another course. I think God was telling me  to slow down and not abuse his gift. He was telling me not to take seriously the “Hindi ka tao!” (You’re not human!”) comments that people were giving me.

I am human.

And I get tired.

So now, I just have to change my stand. Everything should be done in balance and in moderation. No more 3 hour and a half concerts (it’s just too tiring!)… song line ups should be planned… No more high pitched songs sung one after the other… a few is fine… and most of all, when feeling tired… REST!

And one more thing… learn to say “NO”.

Well, everything happens for a reason and somehow I now know why this happened to me. Again, I should accept the fact that I am not a machine. I am not Superman. I am human. And I get tired. I get worn out. And I also need rest.

In closing, I just want to thank everyone who sent their well-wishes and ‘get well soon’ greetings to me through text and through postings on social media. You just don’t know how much that really helped me cope with the frustration of not being able to sing. Your messages made me feel that I was indeed, important and that you guys cared for me. From the bottom of my heart… thank you.

I may not be fully well yet and I still need your prayers but I’m getting there. And I’m looking forward to that day I go back onstage and sing once more.

 

 

Generation: Powerhouse

5th Gen(5th Gen: Reymond Sajor, Lady Onnagan, Rhap Salazar, Marielle Mamaclay, RJ Buena)

 

Imagine five individuals with distinct, powerful voices sharing the same passion in singing and performing join forces into one group. You get a powerhouse that’ll just blow you away the moment they step onstage and open their pipes. That is 5th Gen.

5 world champions from the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood who has brought pride and honour to the Philippines when they came home with awards and medals from the respective singing categories they joined in.

The first time I heard them perform live was in one of my shows and while I was backstage, I was howling and applauding them as they belted out. These five reminded me of me… very different offstage but once they take the spotlight, they all transform into legit performers.

Performing solo is a feat and it ain’t easy but to be in a group, you have to work doubly hard to work as one… and sound as one. One cannot afford to have a weak link. Everyone has to be a team player.

I can talk on and on about them but it’s best to see and hear them perform live. Catch them as I share my stage with them in ALL REQUESTS 3 on November 21, 2014, 8PM at the Music Museum.

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

ASAP BEHIND THE SCENES

Ever wonder what happens behind the cameras of the country’s top variety show? ASAP has been on air for 18 years already and rarely does everyone see what actually happens before the live show starts!

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I put my FUJIFILM X100s to the test and I just love it! The crisp and sharp images feel like it’s going to jump off the screen. Set on black and white, here are shots from behind the scenes of ASAP 18!

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Our script/line up…

 

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Our audience…

 

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Nikki Gil

 

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Iya Villania

 

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Gerald Anderson

 

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John Prats and Rayver Cruz

 

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Yeng Constantino

X MARKED THE SPOT

 

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It seemed just like yesterday when we were using the X as a temporary title for my 10th anniversary concert. I still can’t snap myself to believing that the concert is over and done! And hell yeah! It was one great evening!

Coming up with a concert is no joke. Talk about the sleepless nights and the constant headaches caused by too much brainstorming. Not to mention being paranoid all the time so as not to get sick! Phew! I must’ve have boosted up the sales of Berocca during the last months of preparation!

I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I allow myself to be immersed into the preparation of the concert. I am not the type of artist who just sits down and waits for everything to be spoon-fed… the songs to learn, the concept, the stage design, the outfits, the rehearsal schedules, etc. Everything went through me! And boy! It wasn’t easy! And I have the stress patches on my head to prove it!

But all the stress and hard work were all worth it!

The evening started a bit late due to the fact that it was a Friday and it was payday. An hour after the said starting time of 8pm, the band started to play its first note and everything flowed smoothly. There were a few hitches but what the heck. Human error. We’re not computers. We make mistakes. It’s just a matter of how you make it look as if it was intended.

As much as I’d like to do a run down of what happened in the concert, I’m not allowed to… yet! Hmmmm…  a repeat?? Maybe… hopefully. All I can say, that night, I felt so much love from everyone who was there.  The people who came were the ones who really considered me important. Despite the heavy traffic, they arrived… and watched. They made time for me… and for that I am truly thankful.

I want to thank my producers and everyone who worked on X. I really hope that we do more work in the future (minus the ones who just gave us headaches LOL).

To my family who flew all the way from Iloilo, Cebu and other places, thank you!

To those who bought tickets, thank you! You saved lives!

I always say this… and I’ll say this again… “As long as you are there, willing to listen to my voice, I will continue to sing for you.”

 

* Photo by Mike Sun

 

THANK YOU…

 

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Another confirmation for me that I must be doing something right!

Thank you very much to the men and women of the Philippine Movie Press Club for the award they gave me last night at the PMPC Star Awards for Music; Male Recording Artist of the Year!!! What makes this special is that this is my third award for the same category for 3 years straight! I MUST be doing something right!

As I have said in my past interviews, awards are like exclamation points for me and are confirmation that I am able to touch people with my voice and my music. More than record sales… more than the popularity… what matters to me is that my music reaches out and touches people’s lives.

When we were planning to do an all-original album, we knew that it was going to be a difficult feat to do. In an age where everything seems to be done the easy way (recording revivals for more familiarity), an all-original album was a huge risk. I am so happy that my recording label, Star Records, placed their full trust in me and gave me this dream project. I am happy with ALL ORIGINAL… and last night’s award gave me the space to breathe that what I really pushed for was the right thing.

My real goal for ALL ORIGINAL was to inspire and encourage musicians to bring back what we had back in the past… a very prolific music industry where hit after hit was being put out into the airwaves. Composers and arrangers came up with the most beautiful Filipino songs that to this day are still remembered. THAT was what I wanted… to spark the drive of all Filipino artists to bring back original material. I really hope and pray that day will come!

I have nothing against doing remakes. I myself did numerous albums and have spun a couple of hit revivals but of course they weren’t mine. One ultimate dream of an artist is to have his own song that he calls his own… a song that after he is long gone will still be tagged with his name.

I still have a long way to go. And as long as there are people who continue to support my songs and my concerts, I will continue to make music for all of you.

Thank you to my family… for their continuous support even if they are miles away from me! You are my strength!

To my management, GM Proponents… for believing in me especially in times when I myself don’t think I can do it…

To the Tribe of Jed and The Voice… iilan na lang tayo pero nararamdaman ko pa din ang pagmamahal nyo… Salamat sa mga patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin…

To ABS CBN, ASAP and my Star Magic family… for making me feel I belong…

To Star Records… for taking a risk on my dream project… and for being the reason why my voice continues to be heard…

And last but not the least, To my LORD GOD for giving me this voice… and for the opportunities to share it with everyone!

(Photo from Annie Mercado’s Instagram account)