torsdag 20 maj 2010

Charice’s ‘Pyramid’ is Pop wonder in Billboard chart

Few people ever get the rare chance of launching an international album on The Oprah Winfrey Show. But then Charice is a rare artist gifted with an unbelievable voice. Last May 11, a day after her birthday, Charice debuted her first self-titled international album at Oprah’s show. Performing the Billboard chart-topping dance single Pyramid with singer/rapper Iyaz and the legendary David Foster on piano, Charice’s command of the stage and her stunning delivery shows that she has turned into one of the music industry’s outstanding performers. As proof, more than 3 million fans have watched her videos on You Tube and her single Pyramid and album Charice are quickly taking the world by storm.

Just three years ago, the petite Filipina was a struggling teen-aged girl in Manila, joining one singing competition after another to help bring food on the table for her single mom Raquel and younger brother, Karl. After she was discovered in the Internet and then guested at the shows of Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey, life has dramatically changed for Charice and her family. Recently, she gifted her mom with a house and a car.

The legendary David Foster has taken her under his wing and she’s good friends with Oprah which she calls "an honor. I always get to hug her– that’s my favorite! I have learned to have her same attitude and to never stop dreaming."

Some of the words of Pyramid, written by Swedish songwriter David Jassy, aptly describes Charice’s struggle to the top.

We took it from the bottom up
And even in a desert storm
Sturdy as a rock we hold
Wishing every moment froze
Now I just wanna let you know
Pyramid, we built this on a solid rock
It feels just like it’s heaven’s touch
Together at the top, like a pyramid
And even when the wind is blowing
We’ll never fall just keep on going
Forever we will stay, like a pyramid

The R&B love song, Pyramid, is Charice’s second international single; the first being Note to God. "I’m really, really excited because this is actually my first ever Pop/R&B album because I’d been singing, you know, Whitney Houston’s songs and Celine Dion’s songs… And now, I can’t believe that these are my own songs," she told Oprah.

Foster, who was seated with the audience that time, turned a little emotional as well when Oprah asked him about Charice, where he also revealed that he’d agreed to be her godfather. Later, the smile on Foster’s face when Charice hit her big note on Pyramid just reflected pure pride.

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