Gabby Concepcion's comeback this year was as surprising asit was controversial. The famous ex-husband of Sharon Cuneta and father of KCConcepcion is not only aiming to conquer the acting arena but the musicindustry as well.
Though he was never known for being a singer during the 1980s, Gabby musteredenough confidence to record his self-titled debut album under Warner MusicPhilippines. The comebacking actor considers this opportunity as somethingtotally unexpected.
"This is the first time. Nagugulat nga ako na nangyayari ito, e," says adisbelieving Gabby. "Warner approached me...hindi ko inisip at hindi ko akalainna mangyayari ito. Ang pinunta ko talaga nung umuwi ako, madalas kong sinasabi,ay yung father ko. All of these are bonus, and I'm trying to make sure that Idon't step on anybody's toes."
Now that he is an official singer and a recording artist,does he dream of doing a project with Megastar Sharon Cuneta and their daughterKC? "Hindi ko inisip, pero maganda sana kasi siyempre, bahagi sila ng buhay ko.Maganda din sana na makasama ko sila one of these days, pero ayaw ko munangpilitin," he replies.
However, he does not want anyone to think that he is using anybody to berecognized, especially in his newfound career path as a singer. Some may questionhis singing capabilities, but Gabby respects the opinions of others.
Among the songs included in his album, Gabby considers "AkoPa Ba" and "Give Me a Chance" his favorites. "Kasi parang in a way, itongpagbalik ko, parang sinasabi mo yun. Maraming tao ang makakarelate dito. Kasiyung buhay ko pagbalik ko, it's a new life for me," he explains.
Gabby points out that he did not dedicate his songs toanyone in particular, they are all for the Filipino people, he says. The songsin his self-titled album were carefully chosen since this is his first recordand he believes it should reflect him as an artist. Instead of picking songs ofdifferent genres such as jazz and contemporary songs, Gabby opted to revive thesongs of the ‘80s. When asked why, he points out, "Kasi, nawala ako. Pagbalikko, yun ang dala ko."
Aside from releasing an album, Gabby will be having atwo-day concert at the Music Museum on August 15 and 16. Pops Fernandez andAi-Ai delas Alas are just some of his special guests in the two-night concert.His leading lady in the ABS-CBN teleserye, Iisa Pa Lamang, ClaudineBarreto will also be joining him on the second night of the concert.
Gabby Concepcion the album offers a roster of lovesongs that were popular during the ‘80s. Each track in the CD represents amemorable episode in Gabby's movie career and personal life. A catalog ofre-interpretations of the hits popularized by his music idols: Rey Valera("Kung Kailangan Mo Ako"), Joey Albert ("Iisa Pa Lamang"), the late RicSebretto ("Give Me A Chance"), the former Kilabot ng mga kolehiala, HajjiAlejandro ("Nakapagtataka"), James Ingram ("Just Once"), Wency Cornejo("Hanggang"), Hotdog and VST Company ("Manila"/ "Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko"medley), Apo Hiking Society ("When I Met You"), Bryan Adams ("Please ForgiveMe") and several others. One of these songs was done specially in a duet withNina for a very personal reason.
1. Iisa Pa Lamang
3. When I Met You
4. Sana Ay Ikaw NaNga
5. Come What May(feat. Nina)
6. Ako Pa Ba?
7. Just Once
8. Give Me AChance
9. Kung KailanganMo Ako
11. Please ForgiveMe
12. Manila- AwitinMo...Isasayaw Ko