Alden Richards joined the bandwagon of actors-turned-singers as he recorded his debut album and launched it a couple of weeks back at the Trinoma Activity Center.
The Kapuso actor’s self-titled album contains eight songs, with “Sa Aking Tabi,” an original track written by Vince Katindoy, who also composed the smash OPM hit, “Ngiti.”
In a press launch held on Tuesday, June 11, Alden told entertainment writers that the decision to venture into album recording came with much pondering.
In the first place, he recognizes that his vocal ability is less than stellar.
Performing on the defunct Sunday afternoon variety show Party Pilipinas, however, Alden was able to demonstrate his singing talent, which was deemed satisfactory by the heads of GMA-7.
“Ang sabi nila daw, may boses ako. [Ito yung] bago pa lang ako mag-start mag-recording,” said the bedimpled actor.
“Hindi ko pa ina-acknowledge sa sarili ko kasi I’m not a singer.
“Ayoko pong paniwalain yung sarili kong magaling akong kumanta kasi I know sa sarili kong hindi, e.
“But with the people who are supporting me and with a few taps naman po, okay.
“So, parang sige po, let’s claim it na lang na I can sing songs na mas mababa,” relayed Alden, who eventually underwent workshops care of the GMA Artist Center after agreeing to the project.
SIDELINE OR CAREER? Alden’s singing venture evidently reflected promise at the outset. His album topped the music chart of local music store Astrovision/Astroplus on its first week of release, May 20 to 26.
Moreover, the actor-singer’s carrier single, “Haplos,” was recently included in the soundtrack of Mundo Mo’y Akin, the soap he stars in with Louise Delos Reyes.
Does he now see singing as a career or a possible side-project?
Alden answered, “Lahat naman po sa akin, I always take it as same level. Kung ano yung level nung acting, ganun na ganun din sa singing.”
Album recording is not a sideline, said Alden.
“Hindi ko po sinasayang yung mga chance na binibigay sa akin, especially kapag bago…
“So hindi ko siya iko-consider as least priority sa naunang priority. I always compare it in the same level,” the 20-year-old actor revealed.
While the results are overwhelming, the positive feedback came with disapproval from his non-supporters. Prior to Alden, actors Paulo Avelino and Daniel Padilla who also recorded and released albums have been lashed for adding “recording artist” to their portfolio.
“Of course, nung una pa lang nung nagbu-brew pa lang yung idea of doing an album, marami nang negative thoughts sa social networking, [sinasabi] nila, ‘Hindi naman singer si Alden, bakit bibigyan ng album?’” Alden started to say.
“So, ako, expected ko na yun kasi talaga namang hindi mo naman kayang patunayan yung sarili mo sa lahat ng tao.
“Dun sa fans ko who have been supporting me talaga all the way, kahit anong gawin ko, okay lang sa kanila. They will still support me.
“Dun naman sa mga non-supporters ko, I respect their opinion.
“Hindi ko sila i-a-apprehend dun sa mga speculations nila sa akin kasi that’s their opinion…"
He continued, “I respect it. Kung ano yung iniisip nila sa akin, so be it.
“I can’t do anything about it para mabago nila yun. Pero ako, gagawin ko yung trabaho ko and I will do what’s right.”
He might agree to doing concerts and shows, and eventually working on a second album should his recording company, Universal Records, offer it.
“I’m not closing my doors po,” said Alden.