Ever the tongue-in-cheek comedienne, this 53-year industry veteran continues to humble herself given this immense opportunity to guest in the show of this Philadelphia soul group phenom of the '70s.
The Stylistics, 40-year old music industry veterans, are best known for top-charting hits "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", "You Are Everything", "I'm Stone in Love with You", "Break Up to Make Up", and the shimmering sweet soul ballad "You Make Me Feel Brand New."
They recorded their latest album That Same Way in 2008, which featured their signature sweet soul spirit in an updated version.
The country's resident Queen of Rock and Roll is set to appear in The Stylistics Live in Manila on April 12, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Produced by That's Ntertainment Productions and ABS-CBN, Elizabeth will also be joined by Rico J. Puno as guest performer.
This is Ms. Ramsey's first time to perform with a "Stateside" group, as she calls it. She is set to do heart-warming renditions of OPM and oldies hits with her trademark voice and humor that never fails to make people laugh.
Ms. Elizabeth shares that she was first approached and contacted by the producers last January but when they didn't come back to her immediately with any offer, she shrugged it aside, going back to her simple life, eating one of her favorite food items, "bagoong or ginamos, in Visayan," she says.
When things finally fell into place this month, she said that she felt all the more honored because, "mabigat na mapasama ako dyan, at lalo, kasama ko si Rico J. Puno.
Is she familiar with their songs at all?
She honestly remarks, that in their heyday, "nasa America ako noon, at nung sikat sila, nasa garahe lang ako, wala akong alam."
So what does she plan to sing on stage during the concert?
She answers, "Ang makakanta ko lang is yung mga kanta nung kumakanta ako. Noong '60s-'70s doon ako sumikat."
With no pretensions, Elizabeth says that she prefers that everybody do their own number because that's what each one is good at.
For her, if she were to perform rock and roll, she wants, "yun buong rock and roll, with background and full band, that would make it perfect for me. Yun mga kanta ko, nasa era ng blues, rock and roll kasi."
For a lady who has lived 80 years and performed for more than 5 of those 8 decades, she knows what she is talking about. "Hindi ako aabot ng 53 years sa industriya, if I don't sing what people like, kahit ganito na ako, may nakita at narinig sila na di sila nagsawa sa akin."
She explains further her understanding of what it means to be a guest performer for a group like The Stylistics, "na Stateside, kakaiba yan. Kahit kumanta ako ng mga kanta ko nung araw gaya ng 'You mean everything to me,' basta ang gagawin ko, lahat ng inask ng producers sa akin, nagawa ko yun tungkulin ko as guest performer."
As much as she'd like to perform for example, songs utilizing a full band, but if they only give her a 5-piece band set-up, she says, "I will work with that, pipili ako ng song na magkakaroon ng moment yung five-piece band, isa-isa, basta huwag kami umagaw sa eksena nung Stateside na grupo."
Used to hard work, Ms. Elizabeth relates that it was exactly that virtue that helped her na "buhayin ang mga anak ko," so she says, "pag sinabing trabaho, trabaho, perform ako kung ano sinabi na gawin ko."
Now, she acknowledges that the years of hard work have paid off, enough so that when she is introduced, and when the crowd reciprocates by showing their appreciation, "alam na hindi na iyo lang yan. Alam mo, bigay na ni Lord 'yan, reward kung baga sa taon na nagsikap ka. Miracle 'yan."
All the more, Ms. Elizabeth knows that now, more than ever, she should continually pray and thank God for the opportunities he gives her at this stage in her life. "Lalapit pa rin ako sa Kanya at hihingi ng tulong para umakyat sa enteblado sa edad kong eto. Di ako pwedeng magmalaki sa sarili ko, kasi I pray na yun mga nanood di sila maligaw," referring to the fact that she wishes people will gain some good from watching her perform.
She shares that it is only divine intervention that would allow someone like her to be included in such a production as The Stylistics. She affirms, "kung di sila kinatok ng Diyos na isama ako di ako masasama diyan."
And to what benefit does she believe her inclusion will lead to? She shares that "if gusto ng Diyos na makita na kailangan pa ako ng tao, gagawa siya ng paraan. Sa concert na eto, malinaw na may kailangan pa siya na gawin ako sa entablado."
Now well past retirement, Ms. Elizabeth has chosen the quiet life, choosing the projects and gigs she gets her hands on, stating, "allergic ako sa overexposed."
She has received offers to perform abroad and she jokes, "payag ako kapag Australia, pero hihindi ako sa Africa. Baka di na ako makita, sobrang itim ko na. At lalo, pag napuno ako ng alikabok doon, wala na talaga!"
Does the formidable Elizabeth Ramsey see a concert featuring herself and her daughter, the Soul Diva herself, Jaya?
"Siempre, I always believe in miracles. Pero depende sa producer yan, na makita niya na maganda ang project na eto. Pero kung sa gusto lang, gustong-gusto ko makasama ang anak ko sa enteblado."