Sa kanyang ika-34th year sa showbiz, ise-celebrate ito ni Concert King Martin Nievera sa pamamagitan ng isang special concert sa KIA Theatre on August 26 titled The Best Of Martin Nievera: Kahapon… Ngayon.
Sabay din nito ay ang pag-launch ng kanyang ika-54th studio album under PolyEast Records titled Martin Nievera: Kahapon… Ngayon.
Ito ang first all-Tagalog album ni Martin at pinili nila ang labing-dalawang classic Tagalong songs na hindi pa niya naaawit.
“I’ve always been interested in those harana love songs. You know, the songs that you sing for the one that you truly love? Those are the songs na gusto kong gawin for the album.
“I started with the song 'Saan Ka Man Naroroon.' It’s a song hindi ko pa nakakanta ever.
“So from that song, we decided to do a kind of tribute album to OPM,” kuwento pa ni Martin sa press conference ng kanyang concert sa Luxent Hotel noong August 17.
Kabilang sa album niya na Kahapon… Ngayon ang classic Tagalog songs such as “Buhat”, “Bato sa Buhangin”, “Buhay ng Buhay Ko”, “Kastilyong Buhangin”, “Kapantay ay Langit”, “Paraisong Parisukat”, “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal”, “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, “Ikaw”, “Hindi Kita Malimot” and the Visayan song “Usahay.”
Pinakamahirap para sa 54-year old singer ay sa pag-awit niya ng Visayan classic na "Usahay."
“As always, my Tagalog is still a bit funny. But I get to sing it right.
“The hardest song for me to record was the Visayan song 'Usahay.'
“I had to dig deep inside of me para lumabas ang pagiging Cebuano ko.
“For the people who doesn’t know it yet, I am Cebuano. I have Cebuano blood in my veins.
“I chose 'Usahay' because I want to pay tribute to my lola who is a Cebuana mezzo soprano named Lourdes Corrales.
“In fact, some of the songs we chose for the album, she was able to sing them before. So this album is a tribute to her as well,” ngiti pa niya.
Ang magaganap na concert ni Martin ay pasasalamat na rin sa mga taong sumuporta sa kanyang career for the past 34 years.
“I will try to perform all the songs in my 34-year career in a one-night concert.
“It’s my way of saying thank you to all those who have supported my career for more than three decades now.
“My special guest will be Noel Cabangon, who I’ve never worked with before. I even told him to have his own version of ‘Be My Lady.’
“And I will also have the Divine Diva, Zsa Zsa Padilla. We’ll be accompanied by a big band, with Marvin Querido as musical director.”
Magkakaroon ng meet-and-greet session si Martin sa KIA Theatre right after the concert para sa mga bibili ng kanyang Kahapon… Ngayon album.
The concert is for the benefit of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association and the Philippine Red Cross Quezon City Chapter na naggawad sa singer ng plaques of appreciation.
FAMILY LIFE. Sa personal na buhay ni Martin, unti-unti na raw na nagiging maayos ang lahat, lalo na sa mga anak niya. Ginagawa naman daw niya ang lahat para mabigyan niya ng sapat na panahon ang mga bata.
“I have two sons here [Robin and Ram] and one in the U.S. [Sandino]. I wish that I have more time with all of them.
“I guess one of my regrets is that I wasn’t much of a hands-on father.
“But I get to see each one of them as much as I can.”
Maayos din daw ang relasyon niya sa mga ina ng kanyang mga anak na sina Pops Fernandez at Katrina Ojeda.
“I’m friends with both of them, especially Pops who I was with in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
“We both had shows there and I was surreal to see both of our billboards along the Vegas strip. That has never happened to us before.
“We still continue to support one another professionally.
“And whenever she needs my help in regards to our sons, she can always count on me to be there always.”
Tickets for The Best of Martin Nievera: Kahapon… Ngayon are now available at Ticketnet outlet or visit www.ticketnet.com.ph or call Tel. No. (02) 911-5555. Tickets prices: Orchestra VIP - P3,000 (with FREE CD); Orchestra B - P2,500 (with FREE CD); Balcony VIP (Loge) – P2,000; Balcony- P1,000.