For former Kapamilya actress-singer Michelle Ayalde, getting her first international album has not been especially easy.
Michelle shared that her album titled HiPnotic, which was internationally released by Warner Music Malaysia, took years to make.
“Kasi syempre iba-iba ang producers mo so iba-iba sila ng opinion sa kanta kaya medyo may mga discussions about it kaya medyo tumagal ang launch ko,” she said of her album which was supposed to be launched last year.
But Michelle shared that she made sure that her seven-track album would have her identity.
“‘Yung voice ko kasi ngayon, I have this garalgal peg. So tumatak na ‘yun sa kanila. Sa lahat ng songs ko maririnig mo siya,” she explained.
The original Wansapanataym theme song singer shared that she used to have a high voice where as now her voice is “nag-mature na so ‘yung ang nagustuhan nila kasi kakaiba. Kapag kumanta ako, alam na nilang ako ‘yun.”
According to Michelle she felt some sort of liberation as far as being a performer goes when she went to Malaysia some four years back.
“Kasi ito talaga ako eh, ganito ako magsalita, ganito ako mag-perform. Unlike kasi nung before, bata pa ako no’n and wala pa akong masyadong experience,” she said.
“Ngayon medyo naiintindihan ko na kung paano magdala ng tao and kung paano dalhin ang sarili ko. Medyo nag-evolve nako ngayon,” the 30-year-old singer added.
Speaking of evolution, Michelle takes pride in the fact that she has learned to adapt to the times and cater to what the audience expects from her.
“Sa Pinas kasi ang show ko doon very masa so nakukuha ko ang tao kapag nagjo-joke ako ng Tagalog ganyan. Dito kasi kailangan English ka eh tsaka iba ang humor nila at humor natin. Pero nasanay na ako kasi nag-aral ako ng konting words nila,” she shared.
After launching HiPnotic in Malaysia, Michelle shared that she would also launch her album in the Philippines on August 12. For the meantime though, her Pinoy fans can listen to her songs via Spotify or they can purchase their own digital copy on iTunes.
Since she is coming home to the Philippines next month, Michelle said she’s still open to the idea of collaborating with other local performers.
“Marami eh. Like si Morissette ang galing. Tapos si Regine Velasquez kasi siyempre nahihiya ako kasi hindi ko naman siya ka-level, masyado siyang mataas,” she ended.