Richard Poon lets love take a backseat to focus on new album, concert, and Asian tour

IMAGE Noel Orsal

Unknown to most people, Richard Poon (in photo) is also a songwriter, who has written songs for the albums of Nina, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby, and new duo Krissy and Ericka.


Platinum big-band crooner Richard Poon recently set foot in Brunei for the fundraising event AID Mindanao, to which the proceeds went to the victims of Sendong in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

He related, "Performing in Brunei for the very first time has been all good and memorable.

"The event was attended by dignitaries from neighboring countries who are willing to help the Philippines.

"I am proud to have been part of it."

And he intends to conquer new territories for the rest of the year.

"Hopefully, I get to go around Asia," he said. "I am currently practicing my Chinese in preparation for that tour."

Apart from his upcoming shows abroad, a new album and a major concert are in the offing.

With his bid for international stardom, Richard thought of broadening the scope of his genre: big band will be fused with pop.

His goal this 2012 is to reach wider market.

INSPIRATION. Does love life figure in his plans?

He was quick to say, "I have an object of love, but we're not together."

When pressed to talk more about it, he refused to disclose the identity of his special girl.

The sessionista further added, "I am at this point in my life where I learned that I have to love in a patient way.

"I am in no hurry because once I commit to someone special, it will surely be for keeps.

"I am not in a phase anymore to hop from one relationship to another without long-term plans."

In the past, he admitted to making hasty decisions and just let his emotions take over. But he realized that such moves could not sustain relationships.

For now, his heart is in a happy state, which inspires him to become a better performer.

CONCERT. Speakingof his performance, Richard is looking forward to having a major concert with another icon in the music industry at the PICC.

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"We've been planning for this concert for the longest time," Richard told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "I really hope my concert with this top female singer pushes through this year."

His last major concert late last year was with Jose Mari Chan.

And given the chance, he wants to have a project like David Foster and Friends, where his songs will be interpreted by other artists.

Guess who are the singers on his list?

He dropped the names of Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Jose Mari Chan, Regine Velasquez, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, JayR, Kyla, Bamboo, Angeline Quinto, fellow Sessionistas, and new singers Thor & Emmanuelle.

But first things first.

"However, upon the advice of my manager Erickson Raymundo of Cornerstone, I have to focus on my singing career..." Richard said. "I am willing to wait for that dream to become a reality. Now, I just have to focus on what I have to do."

Richard places his full confidence on Erickson because, according to the Filipino-Chinese celebrity, "he was the one who insisted that I do standards against my will since I was then more into pop.

"Luckily, I obeyed him and it paved the way for everything to start rolling."


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