After the success of her 2006 album, Beautiful Days, R&B Princess Kyla is back with a new record titled Heartfelt under EMI Philippines.
But this time, Kyla delivers her own rendition of familiar and well-loved tunes. Given that her last album was composed of original materials plus the fact that she wrote two songs for her last project, doesn't she feel that an album packed with cover songs is a step backwards?
"Hindi naman po," said Kyla to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview last October 18 at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas, Pasig City.
"Magaganda naman po kasi ‘yong mga songs and they're also my favorites," she confessed.
As for the songwriting aspect, the petite young singer confided that she doesn't want to force it if the words and the right inspiration are not flowing harmoniously. And with the heavy workload she had prior to recording, the 26-year-old singer simply doesn't have enough time to sit down to weave words with melodies.
"'Pag nagsusulat ka po kasi ng kanta dapat natural and you have to draw deeper to really come up with something that you'll really be proud of," explained Kyla who also dismissed the impression that her rehearsals for the National Anthem got in the way of her preparations for the new album.
"Nalaman ko na lang naman na ako yong kakanta ng "Lupang Hinirang" two weeks before the actual fight and tapos na ‘yong album by that time," she explained, beaming.
Kyla was chosen to sing the Philippine National Anthem in Manny Pacquiao's rematch with Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera last October 7 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, U.S.A.
HEARTFELT SALUTE. Doing covers, according to Kyla, is one way to give tribute to the songs and artists that continue to inspire her even today.
And give tribute she did.
Consisting of 16 solid tracks, Heartfelt might as well signify Kyla's blossoming into a full-fledged performer who can give justice to both contemporary R&B numbers and classic standards.
Heartfelt's first single, a rendition of Taylor Dane's ‘80s hit, "Love Will Lead You Back" perfectly fits Kyla's soulful singing—complementing the song's message of hope in the midst of a bitter fallout.
Kyla also paid homage to the late great Luther Vandross with her rendition of "Always and Forever" as well as Patti LaBelle's "Over the Rainbow."
Other notable songs in the album include "I Don't Have the Heart" (James Ingram), "It's Over Now" (Joey Albert), "I Don't Want You To Go" (Lani Hall), "Home" (Brian McKnight), "Wait For You" (Elliott Yamin), "With This Tear" (Celine Dion), and "One Day In Your Life" (Michael Jackson).