Richard Poon to release an album in Malaysia; collaborates with Malaysian singer Jane Tan

Richard Poon will record his first Mandarin single, "Love on a Cross Road," with Malaysian singer Jane Tan.



Richard Poon is set to make his mark in Asia as his latest album, The Crooner Sings Bacharach will be released in Malaysia.

The album features 12 hit songs from American composer-songwriter Burt Bacharach.

Filipinos will be surprised to know that it was Bacharach who wrote most of their favorite karaoke songs such as Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer,” The Carpenter’s “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” and Richard’s personal favorite, Christopher Cross’s  “Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do.”

The Crooner Sings Bacharach repackaged album in Malaysia will feature Richard’s first recording of a Mandarin song and first time collaboration with Malaysian artist Jane Tan.

Mr. Ramon Chuaying, Executive Vice President of Universal Records, recalled how the idea for a collaboration came about.

He told the media during a press conference at the Universal Records Office, “When we need a Chinese/Mandarin female singer, I contacted my friend in Malaysia.

“New Southern Records, the owner is a very close friend of mine.

“He recommended Jane because she’s available to guest in the birthday of our
chairman Dr. James Dy.

“And then, we thought of, while she’s here, perhaps she can do a project with one of
our artists.

“A good choice is Richard.”

The ASAP performer admitted that he felt "happy and afraid" to record the song. “When I got the lyrics, I called my friend who is very good with Chinese.

“I just have to make sure that, you know, my pronunciations are still okay.”

As for Jane, it is her first time to be in the Philippines and her first time to formally meet Richard.

She jokingly described the partnership as a “fixed marriage” arranged by her record company, New Southern Records and Universal Record.

The enthusiasm of both record labels made Jane look forward to the project.

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Jane said, “We all know that Philippine singers are good in Filipino songs and also English songs, but… very excited because what [we’re] going to do is a Mandarin song.”

Their collaboration would be reviving the Mandarin hit, “Love in a Cross Road,” which would become the the lead single for the Malaysian repackaged album.

Jane talked a bit about the song, “This is a love song, a ballad and is actually easy to sing. She’s hoping this song will be a great start, a good start for their partnership.”


NEW ORIENTAL SOUND On Richard’s first attempt to impress an international audience, the singer approached the project with cautious optimism.

“I haven’t gone through the demographics in Malaysian market, so, um… But I guess
it might be… sana maging okay.”

What exactly will Richard’s music offer to Malaysian audiences?

“Sa totoo, hindi ko talaga alam, e, kasi, like kanina when we were recording inside...

“The tech was telling me na, ‘Sarap ng Chinese songs, 'no? Relax lang pakinggan, walang birit.’

“E, alam mo naman mga Pinoy kailangan biritan, e, di ba?

“So, I don’t really know what to expect, ah, basta sa ’kin… ‘yong kanta na ito, it’s very
middle-of-the-road sweet lang siya, e, which is very nice listening to lang.

“Very sweet lang.”

He looks up to fellow balladeer Christian Bautista who has an international career that started in Indonesia.

“I think even si Christian noong nag-international siya, hindi naman biritero si Christian and yet tinanggap siya, e.

“His song is very ballad din, e, walang birit.

“So, I hope in Malaysia we could get a market there for that.

“Sana we can offer something different.”  

     


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