Balladeer and composer Jose Mari Chan, who is known for his well-loved compositions over the years, with songs that reached up to Double Diamond and Quadruple Platinum Status, is this year's Lifetime Achievement Awardee of the 4th Star Awards for Music.
Ang Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) ang magbibigay ng parangal sa seremonyang gaganapin ngayong gabi, September 9 sa Meralco Theater, bandang 7 pm.
Kahit marami nang natanggap na award, excited pa rin si Jose Mari sa tatanggapin mula sa PMPC.
"It’s an affirmation that, ‘We approve of and like what you've done!'" aniya sa interview sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kamakailan sa New World Hotel coffee shop.
Jose Mari Chan thanked the press organization for giving him the honor.
"But it should not stop you and it should not make you resilient,” banggit niya. “Because the creative process continues.
"And even if you still write [songs], na hindi na relevant sa mga kabataan, the art of writing itself should.
"Yes, because there will always be people who would appreciate it.
“Even if sampu na lang sila, o kahit isa na lang [ang makikinig]. It still justifies.
“So one should not stop.”
CLIFF RICHARD OF THE PHILIPPINES. In a career as a singer-songwriter that spanned more than four decades, starting in 1967, Jose Mari has made a distinct mark in the industry for his well-loved ballads.
Popular hits such as “Afterglow,” “Deep In My Heart,” “Can We Just Stop And Talk A While,” “Refrain,” “A Love To Last A Lifetime,” “My Girl, My Woman, My Friend” (with Janet Basco), “Beautiful Girl,” “Tell Me Your Name,” “Be Careful With My Heart” (with Regine Velasquez), “Christmas In Our Hearts” and the 2005 SEAG (Southeast Asian Games) theme “We're All Just One.”
Naging bahagi rin siya ng daigdig ng advertisement, sa pamamagitan ng kanyang na-compose na popular TV commercial jingles.
Katulad ng Alaska theme ("Sa lasa't lasa, walang tatalo, wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska..."), Knorr soup mix theme ("There are Chinese soups, and there are Chinese soups, but there's nothing like Knorr real Chinese soup..."), BBC 2 station jingle ("Welcome, world to this big, beautiful country...") at ang "Love at 30,000 feet" para sa Philippine Airlines (PAL).
Nakapagtrabaho rin siya bilang musical scorer sa mga pelikula nina Lino Brocka (Stardoom in 1971), Orlando Nadres (Dito Sa Aking Puso in 1972), at Luciano B. Carlos (Karioka Etchos de America in 1971).
But starting out in the local music industry was not easy for Jomari.