Happy New Year!
I was pondering what I was going to write for my first post of 2009. I didn’t want to post anything relating to the onslaught of negative news everyone has been getting.
So, I was casually watching a recorded episode of Oprah thinking I was going to fast forward through the episode as I often do. Then Oprah talks about this young singer named Charice that she had brought on months earlier and plays a clip of it. I was intrigued because there was this clip where this young, petite teen-age girl is belting out her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” song.
After watching that clip, I was hooked. She went on to sing one of my favorite songs, Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. Like Oprah and her audience, I was just blown away by this girl’s performance.
As if her talent wasn’t enough, her life story was very inspiring coming from very humble beginnings in the Philippines. Very moving indeed.
Normally, I would not write a post about some teen-age singer but I have to admit to being stunned and incredulous. I truly believe that Charice Pempengco will one day take up the mantle now held by vocal sensations Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. With producer David Foster’s backing, I believe her inevitable first album will be a hit.
All I can say is go to Charice’s website at http://charicepempengco.com and treat yourself to the linked videos of her performance on the Oprah and Ellen Degeneres websites.
After that, drop by YouTube and do a search on “Charice Pempengco”. Pick your favorite song that she has sung recorded on video. I challenge anyone NOT to be inspired and moved by this young girl.
Simply incredible that voice on that girl. You could swear it was actually Whitney Houston or Celine Dion actually singing themselves.
On YouTube, you will find Charice’s rendition of “I Will Survive” originally shown on ABC TV. It is pretty intense.
On Oprah.com, there is a video of Charice singing with Celine Dion in concert. Amazing.