Nina is back with a brand new album under Warner Music
Philippines, Nina Sings the Hits
of Diane Warren. This time the Soul Siren pays tribute to the critically-acclaimed American songwriter whose past hits include "When I See You
Smile," "Because You Loved Me," "How Do I Live" and "Love Will You Lead Back,"
and a string of others.
Nina first rendered a Diane Warren number back in 2004 when
she recorded "I Don't Want to Be Your Friend" for the compilation Diane Warren Presents: Love Songs. The
Soul Siren is actually an ardent fan of Warren since way back. Nina and Diane have yet to see each other in person, although they talked once on the phone when
Nina thanked the Grammy Award-winning songsmith for allowing her to record the
In a very touching gesture, Diane even wrote a letter to
Nina saying: "A few years ago Nina cut, ‘I Don't Want To Be Your Friend,' one
of my favorite songs. I am very happy that she is now coming out with an entire
album filled with the songs that I'm proud of. Hopefully, this is just the
beginning of a lot of hits together. Thank you."
The message was printed in full and was included in the
NEUTRAL FEELINGS. Despite
popularizing original songs like "Jealous" (2002) and "Someday" (2006), Nina's
biggest selling record Nina Live!
released in 2005 contained covers of popular love tunes. One of the singles
"Loves Moves In Mysterious Ways"—a Julia Fordham original—was so successful
that the song became associated with Nina as if it were her own.
Last year, Nina paid tribute to American singer-songwriter
Barry Manilow by dishing out the album Nina
Featuring the Hits of Barry Manilow. With the release of her latest disc,
many were left wondering if the Soul Siren is resigned to do predominantly
cover songs instead of risking an original number.
"It's fulfilling to sing any song, maybe a cover or an
original song, just the fact that I'm singing is fulfilling enough," she told
the entertainment press yesterday, July 29, at Red Box in TriNoma Mall in
She is not worried about being typecast as a singer known for
recycling previous hits. Being a music fan and an entertainer, Nina doesn't see
anything wrong in rendering cover tunes.
"Wala naman akong fear na ma-typecast," she told PEP
(Philippine Entertainment Portal). "Kasi ang humihingi naman no'n (cover songs)
mga supporters din, fans, so kahit papaano wala pa naman kaming reklamo na
natatanggap. Kasi sa kanila din galing ‘yon, kung ano ‘yong ilalabas namin.
HAPPY IN LOVE. Of
all the songs in the album, Nina's favorite is "I Could Not Ask For More." The song was popularized by alternative-rock singer Edwin McCain.
Blushingly, Nina described the song's significance in her
present situation: "If you are in a situation where you're happy, of course you
could not ask for more. And if there's a person who could make you smile, just
feel blessed that this person could turn around a sad moment into happy
PEP got curious and asked her to elaborate after
the press conference. "I'm happy talaga," she smiled, "may mga shows ako hindi
ako ngaragan, unlike before noong nagsisimula ako, talagang may show ka dito,
after lilipat ka dito. Ngayon talagang plantsado lahat. If they want to get me
on this date, kung meron akong show dito sa ibang day pumapayag naman sila."
Even her love life is turning up rosy and that explains even
more why she could relate to the message of "I
Could Not Ask For More."
"It has something to do with that also because siyempre may
inspiration ka. Happy din kasi kahit papaano meron kang reason why you are
singing this song."
Nina admitted that she and ex-boyfriend singer Nyoy Volante
haven't spoken to each since their bitter breakup. The two singers separated
last year, blaming lack of time due to their busy schedules. But a rumor also came out saying that Nina broke up with Nyoy because she
fell in love with someone else.
"Siguro magtu-two years na kaming hindi nag-uusap ever since
the breakup kasi nagpalit din ako ng phone nu'n," explained Nina.
She has moved on obviously and has found a new love in the
arms of a non-showbiz boyfriend. "Siya [Nyoy] din naman," Nina quickly added.
Clarifying the third party issue, the Soul Siren continued, "Kasi
ganito, parang hindi naman siya tinatanong or siya hindi niya masyadong
binu-broadcast na meron na siya, kaya ang dating sa akin parang playgirl ako,
kasi parang ako ‘yong naunang nagkaroon [ng boyfriend] pero meron, meron na
siya parang ayaw niya lang sabihin, parang ganoon lang siguro ‘yong dating sa
akin pero sa akin okay lang."
Asked if she's willing to greet Nyoy if ever their paths cross sometime in the future, Nina playfully replied, "Oo naman.
Siguro tinginan [then] okay, bye."