Balladeer Mark Bautista was in tears during his successful, one-night only The Sound of Love concert last August 9 at the Music Museum.
The concert was held not only to commemorate his sixth album of the same title, but also to celebrate his 10th year in the music industry and his 30th birthday celebration.
He opened the show by singing one of his famous renditions, “I Need You” by LeAnn Rimes, followed by classic love songs included in his album such as “Ngayon at Kailanman,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Strangers in the Night” and his latest single, “That’s All.”
During the show, Mark revealed his inspiration for his repertoire, which he considers a dream-come-true.
“All of the songs you’ll here tonight are songs that are significant to me. Songs of love and life; songs that have transcended time and genre; timeless classics that I’m sure you make your own memories with these songs—that’s the sound of love.”
Aside from singing the old standards, the baritone singer also shared his plans to continue and write his own music just like his song “Bakit,” which was used in one of GMA-7’s Koreanovela titled Gourmet.
“As an artist, I’ve learned that the best way to grow is to explore other things and not put a limit to yourself. As a singer, I don’t always wanna sing covers and do songs that people have put their mark already.”
ALL THANKS TO MOM.
During the first part of the show, the birthday boy sang his mom’s favorite song, “Moon River.” Then he took time to specially thank his mom who came all the way from Cagayan De Oro to watch his concert.
“She’s a great key to my success. Siya talaga yung nagtutulak sa 'kin; siya yung nag-e-encourage sa 'kin kumanta; siya nagpapakanta sa 'kin sa mga binyag, sa mga party, sa mga tita ko. When I was 6 years old, I sang in public for the first time [in] my Tita’s wedding. At dahil din po kay mama.”
The CDO-native singer wasn’t as confident as he is now. During his concert, Mark narrated how he conquered his shyness.
“'The first time ever I saw your face,' yung po yung unang namemorize kong song. And habang kinakanta ko 'yan nagtatago ako behind the big post sa church kasi mahiyain po talaga ako. Pero si mama yung nagsabi sa 'kin na maglagay ng piso sa medyas para matanggal yung stage fright. So si mama yun lahat. Pakana niya yun lahat. So, actually ngayon meron nga akong coins, e. Totoo.”
POWER BELTING WITH ANNE-BISYOSA.
One of the night’s main highlight was Mark’s guest performer Anne Curtis who courageously sang the “Power of Love,” a masterpiece recorded by several artists like Luther Vandross, Laura Branigan and Celine Dion.
Mark and Anne also performed the hit song “I Finally Found Someone,” a duet by the legends Barbara Streisand and Bryan Adams. He even playfully helped out the Anne-bisyosa singer-actress in belting out the high notes at the end of the song. Both artists are managed by Viva and are long-time friends.
“Anne appeared sa aking 'I Need You' na video nung, uh, how many years ago? And ngayon, talagang siya na gumagawa ng music video niya sarili. O di ba? At nagduduet na siya sa mga concerts. At nag-Araneta pa. Naunahan pa ko,” said Mark with a smile.
THE BALLADEER AND THE SONGBIRD.
Another special guest that graced the balladeer’s show was Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez, who sang Paul Davis’ “I Go Crazy.” Mark first met his mentor while he was a finalist in the singing competition Star for a Night, which the music icon hosted.
“I’m very happy to be in the same stage as Mark,” the international superstar said.
Regine added: “Alam niyo bata pa lang to si Mark, ganito pa lang siya kaliit, kilala ko na siya. Pards na kami.
“I am so proud of all my anak-anakan. Kasi nakakaproud po na, siyempre noong naghohost ako, parang mga totoy at nene pa sila ngayon mga superstar na… Nakakaproud. Nakakaproud talaga kasi siyempre nakita ko kayong lahat umangat.”
The mentor and protege then performed one of Neil Sedaka’s greatest hits, “Breaking Up is Hard To Do.”
NOT YOUR ORDINARY LOVE SONG.
Aside from the romantic classics, the heartthrob singer showcased his sensual side with sexy beats such as Tom Jones’ “Sex Bomb” and Prince’s “Kiss” while the G-Force dancers showcased their hot moves.
His rendition of “What a Wonderful World” was a perfect conclusion for the love-filled show followed by songs accompanied by the UP Singing Ambassadors such as “All The Way,” “Love Story” and “An Affair to Remember.”
Mark Bautista’s The Sound of Love album is available in music bars and record stores nationwide.