Marie (pronounced Mari-ey) Digby, the YouTube phenomenon and international acoustic singer, said she chose to launch her latest album in the Philippines because when she visited two years ago, "I fell in love with the Philippines on my first trip. It comes down to my fan base here that through the years, they've really been there for me. It was obvious from the start that a lot of my fans came from here."
The Japanese-American singer revealed further that it's the unexpected things that made her want to stay on and make an album.
"I love the Filipino food, people, life on the street," and added how something as simple as women coming together to do their laundry while children are playing and dogs are running around in the streets behind Greenhills—where she stayed—touched her heart.
For someone who is already well-known abroad, launching an album in the Philippines seems like the reverse way of doing things, especially since many local singers and artists would love to have the international success that Marie has had.
She explained, "When I became aware that most of the people watching my videos were from the Philippines, I had to beg my label [in the States] to let me come over here.
"Everyone thinks about America, Canada, Europe, but seldom Asia.
"For me, I wanted to think about Asia, and when I fulfilled my deal with my record label there, the first thing I wanted to do was come here and make an album since I was free to do it."
How was it like for Marie to make an album here for a primarily Philippine audience compared with her previous albums?
"I really tried to focus on the comments of people on my YouTube videos," and she found out that Pinoys preferred upbeat, songs that are happy, like "Say It Again."
The lady was very appreciative of the country's warm response.
"I feel like my Filipino fans are in for the long haul. They aren't just into my music but who I am as a person. They're like a family now."
ABOUT THE ALBUM. Marie's album Your Love will be released under two labels: Star Records and MCA Music.
MCA Music is affiliated with the company that launched Marie abroad, while Star Records tapped her to record in the Philippines.
The carrier single "Your Love" was written and composed by Marie Digby, and featured Sam Milby.