Marie Digby shares what she loves so much about Filipinos.
Marie Digby recently released her first albumin the Philippines, Your Love, which includes tracks that feature her collaboration with Filipino singer-actors like Sam Milby and Jericho Rosales. Though Marie has made a name for herself in the international music scene, she said that making an album in the country is also her way of thanking her Filipinos fans who are a big part of her international fame.
“In the beginning when my YouTube videos were taking off, most of my fans were in the Philippines and when I went to Hollywood records it was very hard to convince them to let me come over here and do concerts for promotional work,” she related. “In fact, the first time around I went almost everywhere except for the Philippines so when I finished my contract (in the US) and I made sure that I come over here and thank everybody who would watch my videos for the past four years because without the fans here, I wouldn’t have a released album anywhere.”
The Irish-Japanese singer also could not single out the reason why she thinks Filipinos appreciate her music. “It baffles me and I’m grateful for it because like in the beginning when I found out that most of my viewers were Filipinos [I wondered], is it because they just liked me or they think I am Filipino? I wonder what it is. I don’t know what the answer [and] I don’t care, I’m just grateful,” she beamed.
Having the chance to stay and know a lot of locals in the country, Marie added that what she really likes most about Filipinos is that they are not trivial. “What I appreciate, they don’t love you on the surface, they dig deeper, they want to know who you are, what your inspirations are.”
She even shared a characteristic of Filipinos that she finds interesting. “Filipinos love music and they love to sing, but sometimes when you have your shows, they get really, really shy. They’ve been singing along the whole show but when you put the mic on them they’re mute,” she said smiling.
Apart from her album in the Philippines, Marie continued that she is also working on her album in Japan, which she intends to release next year, and also hopes to release an album in the US via an independent record label.
Marie’s Your Love album is now available in record bars and is released by MCA Music.