Following the success of 2011’s “Himig ng Damdamin” album, Martin Nievera returned to the studio and came up with another exciting quality mixture of originals and covers in the shape of “Mga Awit at Damdamin”. Much like his previous work, “Mga Awit at Damdamin” features some of the most gorgeous melodies and arrangements in OPM this year. As PolyEast Records bring another OPM romantic ballads and standards collection from the concert king, “Mga Awit at Damdamin” is now available at all records bars nationwide.
“Mga Awit at Damdamin,” a sequel to the 2011 release Himig ng Damdamin”, features music which Martin sings with the piano and the acoustic guitar, along with classic pieces selected by the singer and the album producer, Mr. Chito Ilagan of PolyEast Records. On the new album, Martin takes on some of OPM’s greatest songs from icons of the 1970s to the modern times like Anthony Castelo, Basil Valdez, Wency Cornejo, George Canseco, Ogie Alcacid, The Bloomfields and among others.
The 12-track album kicks off with an Ogie Alcacid original “Sa Kanya”, accompanied with some solid slide guitar work. As the album travels through time, the album also highlights a very simple ballad number accompanied by beautiful guitar string arrangements, “Dadalhin”, Martin’s own interpretation of the 90s Regine Velasquez hit. “Habang May Buhay” is a cover of the Wency Cornejo hit, very much warm with acoustic guitar.
The album also includes a respectable version of the old “Ang Lahat ng Ito’y Para Sa ‘Yo” originally by Hajie Alejandro; the classics “Kapalaran” and “Together Forever” originally by Rico J. Puno are brightened by fiddle and acoustic guitar; Martin’s jazzy-pop rendition of the pop band True Faith with the song “Huwag Na Lang Kaya”; “Ikawa ng Musika” was previously made famous by The Bloomfields; The lovely Basil Valdez’ “Ngayon at Kailanman” takes on new meaning through Martin's performance; a remake of another well-known track with Leah Salonga’s “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal”; and Martin’s voice pays tribute the song “Hahanapin Ko” which was originally popularized by Anthony Castelo. In addition to the remakes, an original song from the album is “Ikaw Lamang” which was used in ABS-CBN’s drama series “Nasaan Ka, Elisa?”
Martin Nievera stands amongst the most influential figures in OPM music and his latest release is a moving tribute to Filipino artists that inspired and influenced him as a musician. “Mga Awit at Damdamin” album is now available with a bonus Minus-One CD, released by PolyEast Records.
In line with the album promo, Martin will be performing songs from the latest album on March 7, 2012 (5:00 P.M.) at Ayala Center, Cebu; March 10, 2012 (6:00 p.m) at Eastwood City Mall; and on March 24, 2012 (7:00 pm) at Venice Piazza, McKinley Hills. Buyers of the new album will have a chance to have a Meet and Greet with Martin at the event.
You can also buy Martin Nievera’s new album “Mga Awit at Damdamin” at Odyssey Music and Video and Astrovision/Astroplus nationwide for only Php350. You can also download Martin Nievera’s new single from the number one online store in the country www.mymusicstore.ph
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