He is known as the voice of Side A.
But after 23 years of being the band’s frontman, Joey Generoso has decided to take a brave step forward.
No, Side A is not breaking up and he is not leaving the band. But Joey G. is releasing a solo album under Warner Music Philippines titled, Joey G. Stand.
The title of the album, which is also the title of its carrier single, holds a special meaning for Joey.
“It’s Stand kasi it’s my first time to stand alone. Maganda yung meaning ng ‘Stand’… Joey G Stand…parang I’ll be standing alone for the first time,” he explained.
While a lot of us would surmise that his bandmates would be opposed to the idea of him going solo, Joey pointed out that they are very supportive.
“They’re all excited and very supportive, you know.
“And one song came from our bassist, yung Ned Esguerra…and ganda rin nung ginawa niya. It’s entitled ‘For You.’
“They’ll be there on August 15. Manunood sila lahat. They’ll be there to support me,” Joey said, referring to his solo concert to be held at the Music Museum.
His special guests are his former Side A bandmate Joey Benin, and Zia Quizon, daughter of the late Dolphy and Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Joey believes that one of the reasons why their band has lasted this long is because of the freedom they give to each other, especially in terms of their individual growth as artists.
“Nung days pa ni Wyngard [Tracy, their former manager who passed away in 2010], we’re allowed to do yung mga ganitong klase…si Naldy [Gonzales] gumagawa ng mga songs…mga compositions sa ibang artists.
“Tapos yung mga ibang members naman gumagawa din ng compositions sa ibang artists.
“So may mga ganun kami… Kaya rin siguro kami nagtagal, ang Side A, kasi may mga freedom kaming ganun.
“Tapos, minsan may mga solo shows ako… Nagge-guest ako ng solo lang sa ibang artist din, gumagawa din ako ng shows na iba…pero yung album ang wala pa,” he said.
The late Wyngard Tracy was the band’s former manager. Joey said that Wyngard encouraged him to pursue a solo career apart from his stint as the vocalist of Side A.
At a press launch held last August 13 at Alphonse Bistro, City Golf, Ortigas, Joey told PEP.ph and other members of the press what makes this album special.
“The music, the album itself is exciting kasi ang gaganda ng mga songs dun. Pinapakinig ko ‘to dun sa mga nag-back-up sa ‘kin…sina Benjie Mendez, Bobby Velasco…they’re all excited to play it live.
“Sabi ni Benjie Mendez, ang gara sa live nito. So nakakaexcite kasi…ako, actually, naririnig ‘ko na…na ‘tong album na ‘to, pag tinugtog ng live mas maganda, eh.
“Basta tinugtog mo na, may mga nangyayaring iba na hindi mo ini-expect,” he said.
One of the tracks in the album stands out because it was penned by a Grammy-award winning songwriter.
According to Joey, “May isang song na gusto ko dun, yung ‘I’ll Be’… the song was composed by Diane Warren.
“Siya yung nagcompose ng ‘I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing’ saka ‘Love Will Lead You Back.’
“It’s a…wow… It’s a privilege na makikita sa credits mo…ang isang song dun ay composed ni Dianne Warren na parang, wow!
“Proud ako na nakapag-contribute si Dianne Warren dun sa album ko."
Another thing that sets this album apart, Joey says, is the people he worked with.
“Different yung album na Stand because… siyempre iba yung artists na kasama ko dito.
“Ang nag-arrange ay si Bobby Velasco na, I can say, is one of my favorite arrangers dito sa Philippines.
“Siguro, siya yung mga younger generation ngayon ng musician…iba na rin yung tenga niya pagka gumawa…nag-arrange siya ng kanta. So yun pa lang, iba na, eh.
“Tapos yung iba yung mga musicians na kasama mo. Ang drum part na gagawa sa ‘yo si Benjie Mendez, si Marlo Mata…
“So yun pa lang, yung formula niya mag-iiba yun. But still, my voice will be there. Pero iba yung flavor. So yun yung talagang tingin kong iba,” he pointed out.
INSPIRATION. Joey is inspired by his fans who have supported him throughout the years.
“Dini-dedicate ko ‘to sa lahat ng mga fans through the years na nanonood, nagsusupport sa Side A.
“Inspired ako to do this album para sa kanila lahat. Kasi through the years they’ve been supporting me and sa mga gigs, they’re always there.
“Nakakinspire kasi pagka sumisigaw sila sa ‘yo ng ‘Joey G, I love you!’ parang, through the years na…wala ‘kong show na walang sumisigaw ng ganun.
“So yun yung…inspirasyon ko sila,” Joey reiterated.