"We know we're in good company here in Manila."
The British quartet Blake, known for their classical renditions of cover hits "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol and "With or Without You" by U2, is slated to perform for the Filipino audience starting tonight, October 21, at The Gallery in Greenbelt 5 at 6:30 p.m.
"I know that the Filipinos have an incredible tradition of singing... and we're all about singing," says the group's baritone from Sussex, Jules Knight.
The other members of the United Kingdom-based singing act are the equally gorgeous Stephen Bowman, Humphrey Beryney, and Ollie Baines.
Blake catapulted to fame in Europe when they launched their debut album in 2007.
The eclectic mix of classical and pop singles through a harmony of strong vocals was well-received by its British audience. In no time, the self-titled album topped the UK Classical Album Chart and hit the 18th spot in the UK Pop Album Chart.
In 2008, Blake bagged the Album of the Year title in the esteemed Brit Award.
While the band is yet to gain its popularity in the local music scene, Jules, Stephen, Humphrey, and Ollie have earmarked Filipinos to be a music-loving people.
At the press conference held earlier today, October 21, at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati, the group talked about being fan boys of the internationally-acclaimed Lea Salonga and also their plans of hitting the karaoke bars.
Says Jules, "Lea Salonga is a bit of a legend in the UK. She's a well-known, brilliant singer.
"We're all big fans of some of the musicals, in fact we'll be performing 'Bring Him Home' from Les Miserables tonight.
Meanwhile, Stephen, the bass baritone from Bath, asked in jest, "I'm actually very much looking forward to testing out the karaoke bars in Manila and in Cebu as well. Can anyone recommend a really good karaoke bar?"
FRIENDS OF ROYALTY. Blake is likewise known for their single "All of Me" which the band composed and sung for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Beforehand, the group had been invited twice to perform before the royal family at the Buckingham Palace in London.