After working closely with hitmakers Trina Belarmide and Jonathan Manalo, Morissette Amon says she is confident about the new 25th anniversary version of Trina’s hit song “Shine” which was first heard at the Metropop Festival in 1996. Unlike the previous versions of the song, Morissette said she really wanted her version to be more gospel than love song.
“Super perfect lang din when I heard the arrangement na very grandiose naman. Swak siya dun sa gusto puntahan din na singing style kasi I’ve been listening to a lot of gospel, a lot of R&B and soul. Tapos with this arrangement, hindi lang siya mag-a-appeal sa masa dito sa Philippines pero pati sa ibang nakikinig din all over the world kasi siyempre sobrang limitless na ang dala ng internet sa music ngayon so kahit saan puwede mo pakinggan. Especially with YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes. I think with this parang yung new version of ‘Shine’, more than giving it new life, it’s parang fresh listening and it’s also where OPM is going. Kaya I’m so excited.”
The 24-year-old singer, who announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend Dave Lamar last December, said she wanted to offer her version of the classic OPM song as a way of thanking God and her fans for a decade of support in the industry.
“I think whenever I sing this song, I always point up. When I sing it, I personally treat it as a praise song na kinakanta ko kay Lord kasi sa lahat din ng pinagdaanan ko especially lately and during the pandemic parang it’s little miracles or little achievements that we are able to achieve every day and even ako na growing lang din as an artist and not just a singer, parang ang daming mga instances na as humans hindi siya mangyayari pero dahil kay Lord nangyari siya, yung mga ganun.
“Tapos mga special moments na parang divine interventions. I think the song is like my thank you song also to my fans and to my family for their unending support ever since and of course kay Lord kasi kung hindi dahil sa kanya, kung hindi dahil sa love and light niya, wala din tayong lahat dito. I won’t be blessed also to be given this opportunity to give new life to this song. Grabe kasing tanda ko yung song (laughs),” she said.
The new “Shine” singer, whose performance of the single on the Wish bus had already garnered 7.6M views on YouTube, said she is looking forward to coming out with more OPM songs that will challenge and inspire other local artists.
“We started so many years na putting out a lot of artists and even like Inigo (Pascual) hindi siya yung typical OPM classic na ballads but more nationalities and more people are starting to look to OPM and listen to them not for the ballads but more the heart din talaga. So it’s very exciting,” she said.