Singer, songwriter, and former child star Aiza Seguerra has confirmed that she will be the front act at John Mayer's Manila concert.
Aiza confirmed this to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other entertainment media during the contract-signing of Carol Banawa with Star Records, last Friday, September 24, at the 14th Floor of the EJJ Building, ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
Aiza was present as producer of Carol's comeback album.
Mayer's concert is scheduled for October 1 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
The talented and diminutive singer said that she was also scheduled to do the front act for John Mayer's concert last May.
"Actually, yung first na dating pa lang niya dito dapat. Nakausap na din kami for that show, kaso na-cancel," Aiza tells.
"Kumbaga, I didn't want to say anything hangga't wala ako sa stage. Para siguradong, 'Uy, ako yung front act ni John Mayer.'
"Naglabas na din naman sila ng mga collateral, and siyempre, excited na din kami, ako at ang buong banda," the 27-year-old singer said.
Aiza's bandmates are highly respected musicians: brothers Mike Villegas (guitar) and Angelo Villegas (bass), Jonathan Urbano (violin), Budeths Casinto (drums), and Ria Villena-Osorio (keyboard).
A self-confessed fan of John Mayer, Aiza said she likes all the songs from the international singer's first album, Room for Squares (2001).
"Yung first album, very simple. Kasi, di ba, hindi pa siya naghe-heavy sa first album? So ayun, any sa first album niya," she answered to a question about her favorites among John Mayer's hits.
FIRST-TIME ALBUM PRODUCER. The other big news coming from Aiza's camp is that she is producing the comeback album of much-missed singer Carol Banawa, who is back from a seven-year stay in the United States.
Carol is known for her songs Stay, which she composed herself, Tanging Yaman (originally sung by Basil Valdez), and Muntik na Kitang Minahal (originally sung by The Company). And although her stay here is temporary, her admirable track record made Star Records sign her up immediately.
Aiza's experience as a producer includes producing a song for Juris, the lead vocal of the band MYMP, entitled 'Di Lang Ikaw, in 2009. But this is the first album she will produce.
She admitted to being excited about this project and teamup: "Actually, bata pa lang kami ni Carol, nagkakasama na kami. Matagal na 'yun, bata pa si Carol nun, tsaka ako. Kaya ever since naman, yung paths namin nagkro-cross."
Acknowledging Carol's genuine talent, Aiza added, "Excited, sobrang excited, kasi parang yung kalibre ni Carol...binigyan din ako ng chance na makasama siya!"
Aiza gave a hint of what to expect from Carol's upcoming album: "Actually, when we started corresponding through email, ang daming songs. Since napakaganda ng boses niya, ang dami niyang pwedeng kantahin.
"Ang sinuggest ko lang was, since matagal din nating hindi nakasama si Carol, so kaming mga fans, eager ba na malaman kung anong nangyari sa kanya, ano 'yung mga developments sa buhay niya nung time na wala siya dito sa Pilipinas."
Aiza described the collection of songs in Carol's album this way, "Bale 'yung mga songs na pinili niya, kahit papaano, may kuwento 'yon. Pag binili mo yung album, magkakaroon ka ng glimpse kung ano yung buhay ni Carol sa ibang bansa.
"Kumbaga, kahit papaano, nabili mo 'yung album niya, hindi mo siya na-miss dahil alam mo kung ano nangyari sa kanya at kung ano nangyayari sa kanya."
Asked about the songs she deems memorable for her and Carol, Aiza enumerated a song they've sung together, as well as their childhood favorites:
"Ang pinaka-tumatak sa akin, yung nag duet kami sa isang show. Actually, gusto niya din yun—yung Pagdating [ng Panahon] at One Day I'll Fly Away, [originally sung by Randy Crawford in the 1980s].
"And yung His Eye Is On the Sparrow, [orginally sung by Ethel Waters in 1905], favorite ko iyon. Bata pa kami nun, ako, si Carol at tsaka si Rica [Peralejo] ata."
The singer-songwriter and now-album producer expressed gratitude for this kind of opportunity from Star Magic and Carol, "Hindi ko nga alam kung bakit ako pinagkakatiwalaan, pero thankful [ako] kasi, alam mo 'yon, at least maipagmamalaki ko."
Aiza said she is open to any possibility in this new career path, "Ewan ko, ako naman kasi, kahit ano. Kung okay yung ipro-produce, bakit hindi?
"Pero siyempre, para sa akin, everything naman na gawin mo, you learn something from it. So, ako, definitely, I'll learn a lot from Carol."
Then she quipped, "She is older ano?"
Aiza added, "Marami akong matututunan sa kanya. Hopefully, kung ano din ang alam ko, mai-share namin in this collaboration, to make it worth it for the people na bilhin din naman."