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.