Kyla considers herseventh album, Heart 2 Heart, underEMI Philippines as the most challenging of all the records she has done. Forthis latest project, Kyla did more than just sing because she also shared productionwork along with Chito Ilagan and good friend Jay-R.
Juggling both roles wasnot easy, but Kyla discovered the advantages of sitting behind the board andhaving a hand in shaping up the entire album from start to finish.
In a press conferenceprepared by EMI Philippines earlier today, November 25, at the Discovery Suitesin Pasig City, Kyla proudly enumerated the perks of being a record producer: "Napiliko ‘yong mga gusto kong kantahin and iba din yung experience na you're incontrol of the creative process. I was really a part of it."
Kyla's participationallowed the inclusion of most of her preferred songs like "Back In Time," a collaborationwith Jay-R. Another original track titled "You Make Me Feel"also found its way to the finished product. The said song was written by Kyla togetherwith Jay-R and Jimmy Muna. A Toto Sorioso composition, "Tahan Na" was likewiseincluded.
The three originalmaterials complement the cover tunes, namely, "Heart to Heart," "I Miss You," "OldFriend," "Love On A Two Way Street," "I'll Never Give Up," "Stay Awake," "I'llBe Over You," "Drive," "I Can't Tell You Why," "Misty Glass Window," "Bus Stop,"and Kyla's longtime favorite Stevie Wonder song, "Ribbon In the Sky." As aChristmas gift to her fans, Kyla decided to include "My Grown Up Christmas List"as a bonus track.
GOINGSTRONG. Kyla's personal life, like like her career, continues to be rosy.Her relationship with professional cager Rich Alvarez remains steady and calmdespite their status as public figures. For a celebrity couple, Kyla andRich remarkably managed to stay away from intrigues, both as a pair and asindividuals.
The lack of intrigue involvingthe petite singer prompted some quarters to cast doubt on Kyla's goodworking relationship with fellow singer Jay-R. Explained Kyla, "Kaibigan ko ‘yantalaga, hindi showbiz 'yon ha, talagang magkaibigan kami pagdating sa stage andmusic, talagang tandem kami."
As for Rich, Kylaproudly offered, "Right now kasi masaya kami. Talagang mabait si Lord, e. Kasitalagang gina-guide din kami, at tsaka mabait naman talaga si Rich, wala akongmasabi sa kanya puro magagandang bagay lang."
The 27-year-old singercould only let out a smile when asked about finally settling down—a questionconsistently brought up by the press every time Kyla has an album to promote.
Though both parties areserious with the relationship, Kyla reiterated that they're still takingeverything in stride particularly when it comes to the subject of gettingmarried.
PASSINGTHE TORCH. Last year, Kyla was chosen to sing the "LupangHinirang" in Manny Pacquiao's boxing match against Marco Antonio Barrera. Thisyear, Kyla's former SOP co-hostKarylle will represent the country in rendering the national anthem at Manny'smuch-anticipated boxing match against Oscar de la Hoya on December 7 at the MGMGrand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Karylle did consultKyla regarding the outfit and the general vibe surrounding the big event.
"Tinanong niya yatakung anong suot ko nun. ‘Uy, naka-Filipiniana ako,' tapos tinanong niya lang ‘yongcrowd kung paano sila kasi, di ba, maraming Mexicans doon? Sabi ko, ‘Okay naman.Huwag mo na lang pansinin kung meron mang magugulo dun pero okay lang kasimaraming Pinoy,'" she recalled telling the daughter of Zsa Zsa Padilla.
"Matalinongtao naman ‘yon. Kumbaga, hindi niya kailangan ng advice baka ako pa nga anghumingi ng advice sa kanya, e," smiled Kyla.
That holds true even inall aspects of Karylle's life including the recent breakdown of herrelationship with hunky actor Dingdong Dantes.
"Mabait na tao [Karylle] talaga ‘yan. Actually, parehonaman sila [Karylle and Dingdong]," defended Kyla. "Pero I'm not in the positiontalaga to say anything. Ako'y isang kaibigan na nagwi-wish ng mabuti sakanilang lahat."