Charice Pempengco meets music idol Mariah Carey

by Nerisa Almo
Oct 15, 2008
"I'm very happy and I hope I'm gonna sing with her soon," shyly said Charice after seeing her idol Mariah Carey at the 13th Annual Andre Agassi Foundation's Grand Slam for Children, a benefit concert held at the Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada last October 12.

Young music sensation Charice was happy twice over when she performed at the 13th Annual Andre Agassi Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert held at the Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada last October 12.

The 16-year-old Pinay singer joined big names in the international music scene, such as Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow, in a private performance for the donors of tennis superstar Agassi's charter school. The André Agassi Charitable Foundation is one the most successful in Las Vegas.

Before she appeared on stage, David Foster, who had facilitated the young singer's appearance on Oprah weeks before, introduced Charice. Forster told the audience, "Throughout the years, I've brought some interesting new artists here—Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, to name two. Tonight, I have an artist with me, that is a little more perfect to these billionaires up front to get their money's worth.

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"A few months ago, I got a call from Oprah [Winfrey], that's "O," Oprah. She said, ‘I want you to check out this little girl from the Philippines.' And I'm telling you, you guys are great, you've seen so much stuff in your life, I know. But you've never seen anything like this, I guarantee you."

After welcoming Charice, the former Little Big Star finalist gave her all in rendering Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You," which have been her signature songs.

Aside from wowing the audience, Charice got the chance to meet one of her music idols, Mariah Carey, who also performed during the event. Again Charice was speechless on seeing Mariah in person, like the time Celine Dion invited Charice for a duet at Celine's concert.

Of course, the young singer did not miss the chance to express her wish in an interview with Bandila aired last Monday, October 12. "I'm very happy and I hope I'm gonna sing with her soon," Charice said while still feeling starstruck after hugging her idol.

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"I'm very happy and I hope I'm gonna sing with her soon," shyly said Charice after seeing her idol Mariah Carey at the 13th Annual Andre Agassi Foundation's Grand Slam for Children, a benefit concert held at the Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada last October 12.
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