After leaving a mark with her first digital album released in 2011, Liezel Garcia is ready to introduce her first physical album under Star Records.
All five songs from that first digital release—“Gisingin Ang Puso,” “Di Ko Kayang Limutin,” “Ngayong Alam Ko Na,” “Dance with Me,” and “Nasaan Ka Na”—are included in this new album titled Simply Liezel Garcia.
Liezel has come a long way from being a former receptionist and executive secretary in a luxury car store in Dubai. She emerged as 4th star dreamer of Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2.
As a young singer, Liezel used to compete in contests performing songs by Regine Velasquez, particularly “Ikaw,” and some of Jaya's hits.
She was also inspired by Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and more recently by Beyonce.
The single “Dance With Me” is the most upbeat in the roster and the most in line with her style, which is R&B-pop.
The other songs are: “Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin,” “Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala,” “Wala Na Bang Pag-Ibig,” “Alipin Ako,” and “Nasaan Ka Na.”
She says of this album, "Tuwang-tuwa ako na nagkaroon ng physical album. Dream come true."
She noted that Star Records initially wanted a digital release for her songs because, "uso ang digital kaya iyon, ginawa namin."
But because of the huge success of “Gisingin Ang Puso,” the company was prompted to come out with a physical album containing ten songs. It is set to be released this September.
TELESERYE THEME SONGS. ”Gisingin Ang Puso” garnered much popularity when it was used as a theme song for the South Korean fantasy drama 49 Days.
The show was re-titled Pure Love for its local airing on ABS-CBN’s primetime block in 2011.
The song instantly became the most downloaded track in Star Records’ online catalog, an achievement that Liezel is very proud of.
The single "Ngayong Alam Ko Na” is also being used as a theme song for Two Wives, another South Korean family drama that currently airs every morning on ABS-CBN.
Of this Liezel says, "Bagong timeslot! Natutuwa ako sa reception ng tao 'pag mall show, na medyo alam na rin nila [iyong kanta]. I’m overwhelmed."
With two successful teleserye hits, Liezel is now being dubbed as the “new voice of ABS-CBN teleserye theme songs.”
How does she feel about this title?
"Thankful. Since wala naman akong regular show, guesting lang parati, super blessing iyan sa akin.
“Ang nangyayari, kahit paano, natatandaan ako ng tao gawa ng naririnig nila boses ko, nakikita sa screen iyong name ko.
“Tapos yung airplay sa radio, iyan ang naging regular ko. Diyan ako bumawi."
When asked to name her favorite song in the new album, Liezel said it is still “Gisingin Ang Puso.”
"Kung hindi dahil sa song na iyan, wala itong physical album. Tapos, iyong ‘Ngayong Alam Ko Na.’
“Iyon nga lang, puro pang-bigo yung mga songs na iyan," she quipped.
IN LOVE WITH BUGOY DRILON. It can be said that Liezel is far from being “bigo” when it comes to love.
Her boyfriend is Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 second placer Bugoy Drilon.
How is it working for her, as a singer, being in a relationship with a fellow singer? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
"Iyong advantages, nakakapagpuna at nakakapagturuan kami kung ano’ng pwede i-improve, ano ang pangit.
“Iyong disadvantage, kasi ‘di maiwasan iyong mga tao na ipag-compare kami."
Bugoy has two successful albums under his belt—Paano Na Kaya (2008) and Bugoy (2010). The latter contains several tracks that were also as teleserye theme songs such as “Hindi Na Bale” in Tanging Yaman (2010)
ACTING. Liezel has also tried acting in the fantasy series Wako Wako, which aired earlier this year.
She tells PEP.ph, "sana masundan. Enjoy. Gusto ko.
“Sabi ko sa handler ko, pag may opportunity ulit na kumatok at mag-audition, sana matanggap.
“Sabi ko nung nasa PDA ako na gusto ko ma-try lahat."
She also remembers that, "nahirapan ako noong umpisa, lalo noong ka-scene ko si Ms. Ai [Ai-Ai delas Alas] and Ate Gladys [Reyes]. Sobrang gagaling nila, ako, first-timer.
“Noon sa acting workshop namin, natutunan ko maging at ease sa [ibang actors], lalo sa ka-loveteam ko."
Liezel was paired with Markki Stroem, who also happens to be a singer, on the show.
Does this mean that Liezel would now shift the direction of her career towards acting?
“Ngayon, singing talaga [ang focus] pero puwede namang pagsabayin ang pag-arte at singing.
“Pero since wala pa naman in-offer sa acting, focus muna talaga sa singing.
“Pipiliin ko muna na dito muna. Hopefully, maging successful."