Jennlyn Mercado: ‘Ngayon ang gusto namin parang ibang feel naman. Kaya kakaiba rin ang mga titles namin’
After two years of focusing on other facets
of being a celebrity, Jennylyn Mercado is finally back to doing music again.
According to Jennylyn, music is really her
first love. Recently, she released her seventh studio album titled Ultimate under Ivory Records.
“‘Yun nga kaya hindi rin ako makagawa kasi
nag-focus muna ako sa pelikula, sa shows. Puro ganon muna,” she said in an
interview during her album launch.
“Tapos nung natapos na, after ng Just The Three of Us sabi ko ‘Ay gagawa
ako ng album habang wala pang susunod na project doon nalang muna ako
magfo-focus,’” said the actress-singer.
The seven-track album features six original
tracks with distinct titles such as “Lampara,” “Hagdan,” and “Bulalakaw,” among
Jennylyn claimed that it took them several
months before they were able to complete the list of songs that would make it
to her album.
“Kami-kami lang. Nag-sit down kami kasama
ng Ivory Records tapos binigyan nila ako ng mga demos. Medyo matagal ang
pilian, inabot rin ng buwan kasi medyo matagal rin gumawa ng kanta,” she shared.
While many might find the titles of her
albums peculiar, Jennylyn said they came out of her desire to reinvent her
brand of music and to try something new. But, contrary to speculations, they
were not inspired in any way by the EDSA Revolution.
“Nagkataon lang. Hindi naman namin
sinasadya pero gusto kasi namin something different, ‘yung iba ‘yung choices ng
music namin. Kasi di ba ‘yung past few albums puro love songs lang, masakit,
puro ganon,” she said. “So ngayon ang gusto namin parang ibang feel naman. Kaya
kakaiba rin ang mga titles namin.”
Her seventh song on the album was a cover
of the 1980 hit song by Olivia Newton John and Cliff Richard titled “Suddenly.”
Jennlyn performed the song with Christian Bautista.
How was the experience?
“Ang saya actually hindi kami nagkita sa
recording kasi nauna ako nag-record tapos a few weeks siya naman. Pero nung
narinig ko ang final mix, natuwa ako kasi ang ganda ng kinalabasan,” she
gushed. “Ang ganda ng arrangement ang ganda rin nung combination nung voice
namin. So, I’m very happy.”
Jennylyn’s Ultimate album is available for streaming on Spotify and may be
purchased on various record stores nationwide.