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Wishful 5: Agree ba o hindi sa advice ni Lea Salonga?

What did Princess, Kimberly, Louie, Carmi, and Ace have to say about trying to sing high notes?

Danielle Aquino
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Danielle Aquino

6/14/2018 in News
Wishful 5: Agree ba o hindi sa advice ni Lea Salonga?

Up-and-coming singers Princess Sevillena, Kimberly Boluza, Louie Culala, Carmi Ariola, and Ace Bartolome - the Wishful 5 - held a press conference today, June 14, in preparation for their upcoming album launch next week. 

They kicked off the event with individual shows of talent, each singing original singles from their new album, and ended their performance as a group, harmonizing perfectly and reaching high notes like pros. 

Their performance brought to mind a recent piece of advice given by Tony award-winning performer Lea Salonga. 

“Dear singers, please sing in your own voice's sweet spot,” Lea tweeted. “It might take some time to figure that out, but here's a hint: it's where sonic heaven and the limits of physical comfort meet, enabling you to create art.” 

See related article: Lea, BoybandPH member, ipinagtanggol ang pagkanta nang 'mababa'

The members of the Wishful 5 were all asked what they thought about this piece of advice from “The Voice of the Philippines” coach. 

Carmi, third runner-up of the “Wishcovery: Your Road to Stardom Starts Here” contest of Wish 107.5 FM answered first. 

“During our recording, we were taught na ‘pag kaharap na namin ‘yung mic o pagtapak namin sa stage, it’s not just our voices na dapat marinig - dapat ‘yung mga heart namin marinig [din], ‘yung message ng song,” she said. “We totally agree na hindi naman kailangang bumirit or laging loud ‘yung voice - it’s about how you tell the story of the songs. It’s how you touch your listeners’ hearts.”      

First runner-up Kimberly felt the same. 

“It’s about how you deliver the song and how the song can touch the people’s hearts, ‘yung mga nakikinig at nanonood sa ‘yo. Para po sa ‘kin, hindi po nakikita ‘yung galing ng isang singer sa kung mataas ‘yung boses niya o mababa,” she said. “Ang masasabi ko lang is we’re very thankful na pinagsama-sama po kami na kahit hindi po kami pare-pareho ng voice, ‘pag pinagsama, ibang klaseng flavor ‘yung kayang ipakita, iparinig sa lahat.” 

Grand winner Princess also agreed, saying, “Nung pinagsama-sama po kami, dun ko rin na-realize na hindi importante ‘yung basta ka lang makabirit, tulad ni Ate Ace. Nai-inspire ako sa kanya dahil sobrang soft ng boses niya.” 

“Very agree din po ako sa sinabi ni Ms. Lea,” Princess continued. “Ang trend po kasi ay lahat birit. Pero ngayon, may trend na may edgy, so mapakagandang flavor nga po ang nabibigay ng OPM industry.  

Fourth runner-up Ace, who also agrees with Lea, revealed that she preferred a softer type of voice. 

“Bumibirit din po nang konti, pero mas okay po sa ‘kin ‘yung kumbaga - kasi po before, vocalist po kasi ako ng banda, so meron pong sinasabing, ‘Sarapan lang.’ ‘Yung soothing lang sa tenga,” she said. 

Second runner-up Louie shared her two cents, revealing that she also likes “chill” music despite her upbringing. 

“Ako po kasi, kinalakihan ko na po ‘yung pagbirit talaga, pero good thing na rin na kaming lima ay nakakakanta rin ng mga mabababang songs,” she said. “But if I were to choose po, siguro mas gusto ko pa rin ‘yung mga chill-chill lang na kanta.” 

The five are set to launch their album entitled “Wishful Journey” under Star Music with a concert at Araneta Coliseum on June 19. Special guests joining the group are Yeng Constantino, Morissette, Daryl Ong, Kris Lawrence, and “Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 6 grand winner Kristel de Catalina. 

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