Fil-Australian MiG Ayesa says performing Air Supply songs stopped him from stuttering

by Jennifer Dugena
Jun 19, 2018
Mig Ayesa stars in the All Out of Love, the musical based on Air Supply songs. It will be staged starting October 18, 2018 at Resorts World Manila. 

MiG Ayesa believes an unclean Boracay is a “huge travesty for the Philippines.”

The Filipino-Australian singer is vocal about his stance on the government’s efforts to clean up the small Visayan island as his fondest memories of being in the country included regular vacations in Boracay with his cousins.

The finalist of the 2005 reality show Rock Star: INXS described Boracay as paradise. “We’re talking about 15 years ago, 20 years ago when it was so all very fresh.”

MiG Ayesa is currently in the Philippines to star in the world premiere of All Out of Love, a musical based on the songs of the rock band Air Supply. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked MiG during the press conference of the musical held at Resorts World Manila, about his thoughts on the current clean-up being done on the island.

“I’m glad they’re cleaning it up. I’m surprised it got to this level. I’m disappointed it got to this level. I think people should be held accountable for this because it should never have gotten to this stage.

"I know it’s going to be fine. They’re going to clean it up. I’m glad they’re doing it. I’m glad they’re making a situation where – okay we're closing it down, we're doing it right. They need to do it right. It is paradise. If they don’t fix it, it's paradise lost and a huge travesty for the Philippines."

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MiG has appeared in Broadway productions such as Rock of Ages, Thriller Live and We Will Rock You in London. He was also part of the first international production of The Bridges of Madison County musical when it was staged in the Philippines back in 2015.

This 2018, he is set to play the role of rock star Jamie Crimson in All Out of Love.

All Out of Love The Musical will premiere on October 18, 2018 at Resorts World Manila, and will run until October 28. Aside from MiG Ayesa, it also stars Rachel Alejandro, Tanya Manalang, Raymund Concepcion, and Jamie Wilson.

MiG believes that being part of All Out of Love is “meant to be.”

Graham Russell--the other half of the Australian soft rock duo Air Supply--was present at the press conference along with his partner Russell Hitchcock.

Graham also described MiG being in the musical as “fate.” Air Supply arrived in the event thirty minutes after landing from the Manila airport.

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Russell, who wrote the band’s hits such as “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” and “The One That You Love,” described meeting MiG for the first time.

“I met MiG in New York. I was doing a charity performance in New York. I was just singing a couple of songs. I was going to sing ‘All Out of Love.’ I met MiG backstage and I said, you know ‘All Out of Love’? He said ‘Yes.’ [I said] ‘Then come and sing it with me.’ We met there which is very nice.”

MiG also recalled meeting Graham and singing an Air Supply song with Russell for the first time. “I just found out I got this [All Out of Love] gig three days before. So next thing, I was meeting you, singing Air Supply songs with Air Supply. I’m playing your part. It’s one of those amazing things that’s meant to be.”

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While growing up, MiG recalled that singing Air Supply songs relieved him of his stutter.

“I had a stutter as a child. When I spoke in front of people I would stutter. I couldn’t get my words out. But whenever I sang a song or words from a script, my stutter disappeared. I’d play the piano as a bit of therapy for me. I bought three song books. I bought a Stevie Wonder song book, Billy Joel songbook and Air Supply songbook. It’s my first time singing ‘The One That You Love.’ It’s sort of my therapy.”

Graham, addressing MiG, then declared, “This show is therapy for you.”

MiG responded, “It saves money on therapy that’s for sure.”

When PEP asked MiG the reason for his stutter, MiG shared his experience about his parents’ divorce.

“It’s one of those things. My parents had a divorce when I was a kid. Maybe that had some kind of adverse effect on my growing up. Maybe some post traumatic stress thing. I just found myself thinking way too fast for my mouth to catch up. That’s why singing to me was so important. It was the time I actually felt normal when I’d play somebody else in a role and sing a song.

"Within two years, I completely cured my stutter. I was 6 when I first started stuttering. I finished stuttering when I was about 8. It was gradually.. I realized I wasn’t stuttering anymore.”

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PEP asked MiG why they chose the Philippines as the venue for the world premiere of the All Out of Love musical.

MiG declared, “Because Filipinos have a love affair with Air Supply.”

Russell Hitchcock, the band’s vocalist, also pointed out why the country was chosen for the musical’s international debut.

“We have had a great relationship with the Philippines since 1982. I think that’s the first time we came here. There are so many brilliant singers in the Philippines. It’s scary how good you are. You probably all sing…It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase Graham’s songs that’s been around for so many years. We have a loving, caring relationship with the Philippines. It’s a natural thing for us.”

Air Supply has yet to see the Filipino cast members perform the musical in its entirety as they only met the cast on the day they arrived during the press conference.

However, Graham described the all-Filipino performers in the musical as “They’re fantastic. We just met them today.”

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Russell added, “They sound pretty good.”

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Mig Ayesa stars in the All Out of Love, the musical based on Air Supply songs. It will be staged starting October 18, 2018 at Resorts World Manila. 
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