Alden Richards will be the first to admit that singing isn't his main talent.
For him, singing only comes next to his knack for acting. Despite this, he admits that his musical passion perfectly complements his boy-next-door appeal.
He listens to house music, ballads, and Gregorian chants when he wants to unwind. He loves Josh Groban, and as much as he wants to sing the world-famous tenor’s hit singles, Alden confesses that he simply can’t.
He manages to make fun of that detail, “'Pag pinapakinggan ko po si Josh Groban, parang ang baba-baba ng kinakanta niya.
“Tapos pag ako na yung kumanta, parang hindi ko na siya abot!
“Kumbaga, dapat i-arrange po 'ata nang mas mababang key!”
It's no joke, however, that the Kapuso heartthrob is now a recording artist under Universal Records.
His debut album, launched less than a month ago, is an ample compilation of seven tracks— all ballads that aptly reflect Alden’s “leading man” charm.
The carrier single, “Haplos,” a Shamrock cover, was recently included in the soundtrack of Mundo Mo’y Akin, the GMA-7 primetime soap opera that Alden stars in along with Louise delos Reyes.
The album also contains other revivals such as Rey Valera’s OPM hit, “Naaalala Ka,” and Itchyworm’s funky smash hit, “Akin Ka Na Lang.”
If there’s anything that the album can be proud of—aside from the cover design being a fan-girl-treat—it's the original tune “Sa Aking Tabi,” written by “Ngiti” composer, Vince Katindoy.
The recording of the album wasn't easy for a newbie like Alden.
“'Pag hindi familiar yung song, medyo mahirap siya kantahin lalo na 'pag on the spot ko lang siya pinag-aaralan,” he shares.
Recording the '80s songs “Everytime I See You” by Fra Lippo Lippi and “Can Find No Reason” by OPM artist Louie Heredia turned out to be the challenging ones to record for Alden.
He transcended the challenge nonetheless, and had fun in the process.
“Parang acting, once you put it [in] heart, mas magiging magaling ka, mas mapa-practice mo yung tamang way to deliver the job,” Alden says with his bedimpled smile.
ACTOR TO CROONER. In a way, acting has helped Alden in his new venture.
He tells, “Reading the lyrics, you can understand the feeling of the lines and kung anong emotion yung dapat i-deliver dun sa verses nung song.
“So, mas easy for me kasi I started acting before singing, so mas naintindihan ko yung tamang ways on how to deliver a song properly.”
In that respect, Alden seems confident.
But is he really?
Despite his album topping local music store Astrovision/Astroplus' charts during its first week of release, the actor is still reluctant to admit that he is a legitimate recording artist.
“Hindi pa rin po nagsi-sink in sa akin na singer ako,” he sheepishly confesses.
“Parang nagawa ko yung album kasi gusto ko lang pong maipakita sa kanila na kaya ko ring kumanta ng mga ilang songs and kaya ko rin mag-hit ng a few notes.”
For now, Alden is slightly comfortable with being called a “crooner.”
“Pang-crooner lang po… Hindi ko pa naman po na-try na bumirit, na mabigyan ng isang song na todo bigay,” the actor diffidently admits.