Richard Poon talks about switch from big band to pop music



Richard Poon, best known for big band music, has released his first ever pop album. Titled Legends, this 12-track album is his first project under his new label, Universal Records.

During the press launch held recently in Makati, the crooner talked about his experience shifting from big band to pop.

“Sa una actually, medyo uncomfortable kasi minsan nagdududa ako kung kaya ko pa bang gawin ‘to, e, kilala na ako sa big band. Baka pag nag-pop ako sabihin nila, ‘Secondary ka, mediocre,’” he said.

He also pointed out that Universal Records wanted him to “change a little bit and give something new” to the people.

“Medyo nakakatakot nung una, pero in-assure naman ako ng UR na they trust me daw. And that I can do a better job at pop.”

When asked whether he put the “Richard Poon mark” on this album, the singer said, “Actually they [UR] warned me na huwag daw lalabas yung jazz act ko. So, it was a hard pill to swallow kasi sanay na ako [sa pagkanta nun].”

He also told the press about his reaction when he first saw the list of songs that he was going to record.

“Very happy kasi familiar ako, like kinakanta ko na siya before. May mga songs na hindi ako masyadong komportableng [kantahin] kasi never ko pa siyang nakanta.”

He cited "Crazy," originally popularized by Kenny Rogers, as his favorite in the album. “Pag kinakanta ko yun, kinikilig ako.”


However, even if he tried a different genre this time, the singer said that he will not forget big band music anytime soon.

“That’s my niche. Dun ako nakilala. I might change my mind. But, as of today, I probably will not leave big band even as I try pop.”

He also talked about his difference from other male singers.

“Ang meron lang siguro ako is yung sinasabi nilang malamig daw [yung boses ko].”

“I stay in a range na pretty middle. I’m not up there with Arnel Pineda,” he admitted.


FUTURE PLANS. During the interview, the singer also revealed that he wants to make an album similar to the style of David Foster.

“Maybe 12-20 songs. Lahat sinulat ko, arranged ko din, pero iba-iba yung kumakanta,” he explained.

He also responded to critics saying that he is anti-OPM because he usually sings foreign songs.

“I already have a lot of original songs sa aking ataul,” he said before adding that he was just waiting for the right time for them to be recorded.

In celebration of ASAP Sessionistas’ five years in the business, Richard mentioned that they will be having a concert in August at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


LEGENDS TRACKLISTING.


1. All At Once (originally popularized by Whitney Houston)

2. All In Love Is Fair (originally popularized by Stevie Wonder)

3. And I Love Her (originally popularized by The Beatles)

4. Crazy (originally popularized by Kenny Rogers)

5. Truly (originally popularized by Lionel Richie)

6. Evergreen (originally popularized by Barbra Streisand)

7. Borderline (originally popularized by Madonna)

8. A Song For You (originally popularized by Elton John)

9. Can’t Help Falling In Love (originally popularized by Elvis Presley)

10. The Girl Is Mine (originally popularized by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney)

11. If I Keep My Heart Out Of Sight (originally popularized by James Taylor)

12. Ready To Take A Chance Again (originally popularized by Barry Manilow)

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