Erik Santos launches dream album


Balladeer Erik Santos unveils his latest album—a compilation of 90s band hit covers.


CALLING it an album he dreamed of doing even before he became a professional singer, Erik Santos launched Your Love—a collection of the "Prince of Pop's" favorite hit band songs from the 1990s.

This new offering from Erik features songs he personally handpicked—tunes he had hummed and sang as a teenager from Malabon.

“We decided to do a concept album using one theme,” Erik said in an interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) after a lunch press conference last October 18 at the Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center near ABS-CBN in Quezon City. “I wanted to have the 1990s band hits sa album. Doon ako lumaki sa mga kantang yan,” Erik says. “Yun kasi ang kumakagat noon at ngayon—mga banda kaya ako nakisabay.”

Star Records allowed Erik to decide the concept, track list, and packaging of the album. “I was the one who chose the idea…na itong idea na ito maganda…from the album concept…hanggang sa pictorial…hanggang sa packaging and everything…I had a say,” Erik stressed. He added it was the first time Star Records, ABS-CBN’s music recording arm, gave him the privilege.

“Sobra ang tiwala namin kay Erik and we’ve been proud to have him in our family,” the record label’s managing director, Annabelle Regalado, said.

Erik expressed confidence his 1990s compilation would also become a top seller, similar to his previous albums. “Familiar kasi sila sa mga kanta at magaganda talaga [ang mga kanta sa album].”

Among the songs in the compilation were Erik’s renditions of After Image’s “Next In Line,” Rivermaya’s “Kisapmata,” True Faith’s “Huwag na Lang Kaya,” Neocolours’ “Say You’ll Never Go,” Pido’s “Misty Glass Window,” Introvoys’ “Kailanman,” Rockstar’s “Parting Time,” and the carrier “Your Love,” popularized by Alamid.

It also carries a bonus track—the theme song from the ABS-CBN teleserye Maging Sino Ka Man.

There were no problems in securing permissions from the songwriters and publishers of the songs. “We’re sure na legal ang lahat ang nilalabas namin na album,” Erik said.

Star Records remained confident that Erik would reach new heights with the album. “Erik’s track record as a hit maker was evident from the time he recorded his first album with us. We have no doubt that he will do the same with this one,” Regalado said.

The album is Erik’s fourth since he signed with Star Records after winning the ABS-CBN talent search Star in a Million in 2003.

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