Jose Mari Chan is all praises for Richard Poon

OPM legend Jose Mari Chan is thrilled to collaborate with Richard Poon for their upcoming concert, 'The Songwriter and The Crooner.'

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

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11/9/2011 9:18 AM
Jose Mari Chan is all praises for Richard Poon


110911-josemari_main.jpgAcclaimed singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan was ecstatic that he was finally doing a concert with big band crooner Richard Poon. Apparently, he had already thought of a collaboration ever since they met four years ago. “He came to watch our show at the Bahay Tsinoy. One of the performers was his sister, Eva Poon, who’s a fine singer and also a wonderful lady. I knew he was a rising star. I suggested then that, ‘One day let’s do a show together,’” Mr. Chan revealed during the press con of their upcoming concert dubbed as The Songwriter and The Crooner.

Mr. Chan further shared that he admires the way Richard made his own niche in the local music industry. “I love working with the young people. Richard is one of our finest singers today. He's the only one that sings with the big band. I grew up listening to big band music so I’m excited to be part of this concert. As a singer, he has a very strong presence on stage. The way he carries a song is unique. If you listen to his album, no other singer in this country can tenderly caress the songs that he does.”

Asked if there’s a chance for them to record an album together, Mr. Chan revealed that he actually has two songs which he deems fit for Richard’s singing voice. “In the past, I would always be approached by an artist, asking permission to cover my songs. My heart is an open door. In the case of Richard, I’m trying to pick songs that would fit his style, the big band. I gave one or two suggestions for him to sing (‘Spellbound’ and ‘Give Me The Old Big Band Anytime’). I hope he and his producers will take them up.”

After 44 years in the recording business, Mr. Chan learned that showbiz is fleeting, which is why he loves it when young artists introduce his songs to the younger generation through revivals. In the same way that he encourages Richard to improve his craft by venturing into songwriting. “I’m trying to encourage him to write his own songs, because at the end of the day, most of us will be forgotten; but our songs, hopefully, will live on. So it's good to be original in our own country and to sing songs that we ourselves write.”  
   
Catch Jose Mari Chan and Richard Poon’s concert, The Songwriter and The Crooner, on December 2 at the PICC Plenary Hall. Part of the proceeds will be given to the SPED children of Bulacan as well as AGAPP (Aklat Gabay Aruga tungo sa Pag-angat at Pag-asa), a foundation headed by Pinky Aquino-Abellada. Call SM Tickets at 470-2222 and Ticketworld at 891-9999.