It was in 1982 when a young man named Martin Nievera released his debut record titled Martin... Take One, which achieved platinum status in the span of only five months.
Now, after 25 years and numerous awards and achievements, plus personal tribulations to boot, Martin continues to commemorate a stellar career that is nothing but inspiring.
To celebrate his silver anniversary in the industry, The Concert King releases a 2-disc CD, Milestones, under EMI Records Philippines.
"It has 25 tracks which represents 25 years of music in my life," said Martin about his latest project while sipping a cup of tea at the Discovery Suites last September 12.
Of course, such a limited number of songs won't be enough to represent Martin's life and career, given that the man is considered an icon in music known for his versatility and spontaneous gift of gab.
What would he consider to be the milestones in his life?
"Milestones in my life? Let's see," Martin pondered, when asked to enumerate some highlights of his personal and professional life.
"There's actually a lot. And each one is different from the other. But regardless if its good or bad, I still treat it as an important event since it made me the person I am today," he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during the album launch at Discovery Suites in Ortigas.
"And a lot of times, I had to learn the hard way," he added, with a slight grin.
Arranged chronologically on the year of its release, Martin personalized each track by putting a note (in a journal like fashion) to give the listeners a general idea on what he was going through during that period.
Tracks that made it into the album were Martin's favorites like "Forever," "Hard Habit to Break," "‘Til My Heartache Ends," "Forevermore," "Time of My Life," the Santana and Rob Thomas collaboration "Smooth," Aiza Seguerra's acoustic smash hit "Pagdating ng Panahon," Jimmy Bondoc's "Let Me Be The One," and Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."
Also included is the touching live version of Martin's early hit, "Be My Lady," and one of his most beloved tune, "You Are My Song."
"My life has been a roller coaster ride and everything is in this album. From happiness, love, passion, heartbreak... everything," stressed Martin.
Being someone who has found success despite the many challenges along the way, Martin Nievera is definitely the best person to transmit all these universal emotions. And his Milestones CD is the best way to document his colorful journey from being an ordinary singer to becoming the country's Concert King.