Acel was first known as the lead vocalist of the band Moonstar 88, which has produced two albums. She popularized phenomenal hit songs such as "Torete," "Sa Langit," and "Sulat." However, despite the success of her band, Acel decided to leave and take some time off from the music scene.
After almost two years of abscence from the mainstream music scene, Acel comes back as a solo artist with a new offering for music lovers. Aside from releasing her debut album titled Silver Lining, she will also make it possible for techie people to download her songs directly from the Internet.
Acel can be considered as the first musical artist to take advantage of the possibilities of going digital.
"It's a management decision, decision ng distributor [Nugen Records]. For me naman, I just want my song to be out whatever way," explained Acel.
During her intimate chat with reporters last September 13 at Little Poon's Restaurant in Robinsons Galleria, questions were raised about the possible piracy of her music. Acel couldn't answer the questions but promised to take note of them and ask the producers and distributors about it.
Acel said she is glad to share her music to everybody. "As long as my music is out, I'm happy," said Acel with a smile.
To download "Laugh and Cry" and "Pakiusap," one should get an e-PIN (electronic PIN) or buy Acel's personalized prepaid cards from any Loadcentral outlets or any Netopia branch. Then, log on to www.starrecords.com.ph and use the provided login name and password on your e-PIN/card and click on the song that you want and download it. Each song costs 12 pesos.
SILVER LINING ALBUM. Acel's debut album as a solo artist, the Silver Lining, consists of unreleased songs that she had written during her two-year break.
Acel said she had no inkling when she would go back to the music scene. However, being the passionate songwriter that she is, Acel never stopped writing new songs. "Songwriting is a passion and something I could never leave. Over the course of time, my friend who has a recording studio encouraged me to record some of these songs I'd written."
The former Moonstar 88 vocalist described her latest compositions as something personal. "I can say that the new songs I recorded reflect the better who I am because I composed 99 percent of them."
Acel's favorite songs in the album are "Satisfy" and "Tomorrow" but she considers her Tagalog pieces such as "Nakalimutan Mo Na Ba?," "Pakiusap," and "Sa Ngalan ng Pag-ibig" as her strongest compositions.
The 31-year-old songwriter also talked about being a solo artist. She pointed out, "I can express [my] music whole-heartedly by being a solo artist. By going solo, I was challenged and my artistic creativity was stretched. I really had to think more deeply in determining the direction of my sound."Although she has taken her own path, Acel admitted in the end that she sometimes misses her former band. She said, "I miss Moonstar . I miss hanging out with them because they are my friends. I miss playing with them."