"My favorite part of singing is coming to the Philippines and sing for you," declared Fil-Brit young singer Charlie Green at his pre-Valentine concert last February 10 at the Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City.
The 12-year-old singer serenaded his Pinoy fans with songs that made him popular as a young swing singer, including Frank Sinatra’s hits like "Fly Me To The Moon" and "Summer Wind," which got him the nods of Britain’s Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Piers Morgan during his audition last year.
Charlie also entertained his fans by singing Matt Monro’s "My Kind of Girl," Stevie Wonder’s "For Once In My Life," and Michael Buble’s "I Wanna Go Home."
The newest Viva recording artist also gave tribute to King of Pop Michael Jackson by singing a song about friendship called "Ben." He also performed his favorite gospel song "It’s No Secret (What God Can Do)" and the song from his previous self-titled album "My Kind of World."
"DAHIL SA’YO." Charlie wowed the audience when he gave his version of the classic Filipino song "Dahil Sa ’Yo," which was sang by King of Philippine Movies Rogelio de la Rosa in the 1938 movie Bituin Marikit and was a personal favorite of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Charlie said has had a hard time singing the song during his last visit in the Philippines.
"I sang it for quite a long time now with my old album. So, I sort of gotten quite used to pronouncing it better. When I was working ’Dahil Sa ’Yo,’ everyone was like laughing because of my pronunciations, but now I get used to that. Now, it’s getting better," he related to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a short interview after his concert.
In his first recording project with Viva Records, Charlie said that he would be doing a couple of OPM songs: "Perslab" by Hotdogs and "Ewan" by Apo Hiking Society.
Charlie is not worried about singing another Tagalog song because, "I sing it in the practice. I don’t know the two songs by heart, but there’ll be someone there to teach me."
WARM AUDIENCE. In between each song, Charlie also tried to communicate with the audience by repeatedly saying "Salamat po" and "Kumusta kayo" with his British accent.
Charlie also expressed that he always enjoy performing in front of the Pinoy audience.
"Filipino crowd is really good," he said. "They’re different to English crowd. In England, they clap for like 10-15 seconds. In the Philippines, they’re like, ’Yeah!’ I have to get used to that. Here, they’re really good, really nice crowd."
His fans even followed him at the Blu Fish Restaurant in Eastwood Mall just to get some snapshots. Charlie willingly accommodated his followers not minding the glass wall that separated him from those who wanted to take pictures with him.
"It’s nice to know that, you know, they still wanna come over for a photograph. I’m sure for someone like Sarah Geronimo [a fellow Viva Entertainment artist], it’s the whole world. It’s quite nice that they still want to come over to see me," he said.