The wait is all worth it for ex-Philippine Idol aspirant, Apple Chiu.
Three years after she was booted out fromthe local franchise of the highly popular American reality-based singingcompetition, Apple finally proved her achievement was no fluke with the release of hereponymous debut album distributed by Polyeast Records.
It was of course a long uphill climb forthe 25-year-old Caviteña who brandished her vocal pipes in Philippine Idol with her memorable rendition of Patti Austin's "Rhythmof the Night," and Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman." Despite her impressiveperformance of "Lady Marmalade," Apple placed seventh overall to eventualwinner, Mau Marcelo.
Undeterred, Apple auditioned for ABS-CBN'skaraoke game show, The Singing Bee,and was admitted as a member of The Songbees apart from doing corporategigs and bar shows.
Contrary to what the critics are sayingbased purely on the gap of her PhilippineIdol stint to the launch of her first album, Apple personally feels thatthe launch came perfectly at the right time.
SINGINGMALE BALLADS. Aninterior designer on the side, Apple's debut record contains ten tracks—majorityof them classic OPM ballads popularized by some of her favorite Pinoy male singers.
"Kasi parang mas refreshing siyapakinggan," Apple told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a recentinterview held at Café Romulo in Quezon City. She was pertaining to the reasonwhy she decided to cover songs originally performed by men, namely, OgieAlcasid, Randy Santiago, Ariel Rivera and Basil Valdez.
"Usually kasi naririnig mo lalaki yongkumakanta tapos gagawan ng female version parang bago sa pandinig mo unlike ‘pagfemale song tapos babae din ang kakanta, it's easy to compare and parang walarin naman nagbabago."
Influenced by LaniMisalucha to Barbara Streisand, Apple blends soul, pop and classic ballads andinfused it in her rendition of the songs "Dito Sa Puso Ko," "Hindi Magbabago," "PaanoBa Ang Mangarap," "Sa Kanya," and "Sa Aking Puso."
Two originals "Paano Ba Ang Umibig"(words and music by Miguel Mendoza of PinoyDream Academy) and "Ikaw AngKailangan" (written by Patty Mayoralgo and music by Miguel Mendoza) were alsoincluded to beef up the record.
"I grew up listening music from jazzstandards to R&B to classical and even rock," she said in the accompanyingpress kit. "A real artist is open to all genres andversatility, a key to going beyond on what you can do and what you can offer toother people."
Apple Chiu's self-titled debut album isnow available in all record bars.
- Dito sa Puso Ko
- Ikaw Ang Kailangan
- Hindi Magbabago
- Paano Bang Umibig
- Sa Kanya
- Sa Aking Puso
- Paano Ba Ang Mangarap
- Ikaw Ang Kailangan (minus one)
- Paano Ba Ang Umibig (minus one)
- Ikaw Ang Kailangan (acoustic)