Jericho Rosales is almost done with his first music album to be released underStar Records. The singer-actor signed a recording deal with the company last April 2009.
In his photo shoot for the album cover held last week, Jericho said that theirjust polishing some of the songs that were included in the album and they'reready to release it by July or August.
He also narrated how this would be very different from hisfirst CD, which is a self-titled album under EMI Philippines [nowknown as PolyEast Records].
"It's a guitar-driven album," he described. "Not really acoustic but more of,nag-concentrate sa gitara. Ang isa ringcatch nito, per track, iba't ibang gitarista na mga kaibigan ko. 'Yong first track na ginawa namin was withJack Rufo and he also arranged the song that we did. Si Spy, o si Mon Espiya, Sir Ric Mercado fromASAP."
Aside from including his guitarist friends, Echo also worked withdifferent music arrangers to complete the album, whose title is still under wraps.
"I'm gonna be working with different arrangers dinkasi. This time I might work with GabValenciano, Jonathan Manalo. You know,from new arrangers to mga beterano na na mga arrangers, Mike Villegas, maramipa akong makakasama. 'Yong ibang tracksna-set na namin, yung iba, pinipili pa namin," he said.
Echo, as he is often called in showbiz, said that he is fortunate to able to go back to one of his passions—creating music—while continuinghis acting career.
In fact, he said, "Everytime I go to the studio, sobrangenjoy ako, di ba? I really don't mindstaying sa studio ng isang buong araw, di ba? So, we start recording after lunch. 'Tapos stay kami doon hanggang after dinner. Hanggang gabi, babaran kami sa mga idea. I really enjoy staying sa studio to recordmusic.
"Ngayong tapos na ang stage ng... Kasi nag-invest ako ng timesa music, di ba? Then, nag-stop. So ngayon, ang sarap ng feeling na medyobalanse na ang music at saka acting, medyo sabay na sila. 'Yon nga lang medyo matakaw sa oras. Okay lang, nag-e-enjoy naman ako."
For this album, Echo said that three or four of his personalcompositions will be included. Where does he get his inspiration in composing songs?
The 29-year-old TV and music personality said he based it onhis personal experiences. He pointed out,"Kasi kapag nagko-compose ako ng kanta, I get inspirations from my ownexperiences, minsan sa ibang tao. ParangI put myself in their shoes, then, parang I start writing na. Just like this morning, I wrote two Tagalogsongs. I don't know nga where to putthem, e. But, you know, Star Recordsgave me an idea nga na maybe I can write for other people, too."
Echo was very wary sharing details of hisupcoming album. He simply said, "Maraming love songs, maraming inspirational. Basically, it's all positive and not angry,you know. From positive to happy tomedyo sumusundot ng damdamin. Parangganun, but it all based on real emotion and feelings."