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Twin Power - Martin and Vicki Nievera celebrates their 50th birthday!

Gary V, Christian Bautista, and Erik Santos jams with Martin on his 50th bday celebration

Martin delivers another knock out performance

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Martin delivers another knockout performance
March 18, 2012

Martin Nievera knows why he is known as the Concert King. After Friday’s concert at the Blacktown Workers Club, I do too. It has taken me thirty years to catch another of his performances and unlike some in the entertainment industry, he has done nothing but improve. He is the ultimate performer on stage – big voice, big comic, big heart and big finale. And I’m afraid this review will sound rather biased but there is nothing but praise from me.

After ten front acts, his fans and their friends were dying to have him on stage. Ten acts with a few performances each is a big ask and trust me, it can take a toll on a paying crowd. But not this crowd – patience was the key and thank goodness Martin was there to deliver an outstanding performance with a repertoire from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars to the theatre classics. What a voice indeed – to listen to him live, after ooooohhhhh so long a wait was intense, the applause said it all. The best part of the evening would have to be when he sang the hits of stage and screen from ‘Cats,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and others. His rendition of ‘This is the Moment’ was certainly worth sitting through the front acts.

Nievera is blessed with a vocal range that sets him apart from his mates in the same industry. He gives song endings that are so profound, you have to give them all standing ovations. But he’s not just about that – in fact throughout the evening, he was insanely funny, making light of his own journey through the years, saying ‘ang yabang ko ano?’ as he retold how he refused compositions from Loiue Ocampo back in the day. Needless to say, those compositions all became hits by other singers. And they remain the best of friends – their admiration for one another is obvious in the endless compliments that ping-pong through the night.

There was never a dull moment; even thanking the long list of sponsors from a teleprompter was easy prey for Nievera’s infectious comic relief. He made light of what would otherwise have been a tedious break in the show where the audience would happily sneak out to buy their drinks or worse go to the bathroom. But the queues were short, Nievera put a stronghold from the moment he walked on stage.

He performed most of his hits, too many to enumerate but each one he belted out was a crowd favourite…his fans knew all the lyrics. ‘Be my Lady,’ ’How Can I’ and ‘You are My Song’ were in his shortlist. His performance of ‘Ikaw and aking Pangarap’ reaped the loudest of screams. He was never breathless but he always gave a breathless performance. He had a story for each of his songs and all I can say is Martin was worth every dollar I spent, brilliant all the way. And with a musical arranger the calibre of Louie Ocampo, you can’t go wrong.

Off stage, Nievera was just as funny, friendly and appealing. It is clear that he is where he is, loved by his fans as the Concert King, because he works hard at his craft. He has performed over the world. And now he can include Blacktown to his impressive list! Nievera declares that he wants to be like Manny Paquiao. No need to…he always gives a knockout performance. But if you so insist Martin, on that note, I want to be Jinkee!

(published in Philippine Community Herald News)

Pops and Martin to do duet album

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Pops, Martin to do duet album

Posted at 03/28/2012 2:31 PM | Updated as of 03/28/2012 10:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Singer Pops Fernandez revealed that she and ex-husband Martin Nievera are collaborating on a duet album with their eldest son Robin as producer.

Concert Queen Pops Fernandez during the launch of her
fund-raising project, All-Star Golf Cup
After several guest-duets on each other’s solo albums, Fernandez and Nievera are set to do their first joint record, the Concert Queen said Tuesday.

“Usually nag-ge-guest ako sa album niya, nag-ge-guest siya sa album ko, mayroon kaming isang duet. Now we were able to sit down together, and we chose several songs, and we now have an album together,” Fernandez said during the launch of her All-Star Golf Cup fund-raising project.

The album’s preliminary title is “No More Words,” according to Fernandez, and will contain covers of her and Nievera’s favorite songs.

“It’s all covers, mostly my favorite songs. ‘Smile’ is one of the songs, Regine Velasquez originally sang it, and now Martin and I are doing a duet version of it,” she said. “Some of the other songs are ‘Pagdating ng Panahon,’ ‘Forevermore,’ ‘Nandito Ako,’ to name some of the few.”

Fernandez enthused that the production of the album will be a full-on family affair, saying her first son with Nievera, Robin, will be producing the album.

“And you know the good thing about it is my son Robin is the one who produced the album. It’s a family affair,” she said, adding in jest, “and it’s cheaper.”

Robin Nievera is no stranger to music production, as he did lone production duties on his debut album “Overwait,” Fernandez said.

“Siyempre sobrang proud ako kay Robin. He came out with his very first album called ‘Overwait.’ Sobrang proud ako kasi alam ko ang tagal-tagal niyang trinabaho ‘yung album,” she said.

“Siya ‘yung nag-compose ng mga songs. At the same time siya nag-produce. So ‘yun talagang from scratch, he did everything on his own, and I heard OK naman ‘yung response sa album, so sobrang proud naman ako sa kanya siyempre.”

Songwriter Brian McKnight mentions Martin Nievera as among the local performers he knows and respects

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Songwriter Brian McKnight loves being with lovestruck Pinoys
REN AGUILA March 15, 2012 6:48pm

His smooth voice may have helped people have one last cry, but Brian McKnight wants to be remembered as a songwriter.

“I was a songwriter first, and my first deal was as a songwriter before I was an artist,” he said, “[and] hopefully, when they write my tombstone, they will say when I was born and when I died, and then they’ll add that ‘he wrote a few good songs.’”

McKnight gave these remarks at a press briefing for his latest two-concert series in the Philippines, which will be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum this Friday and at the Harborfront Hotel in Cebu City on Saturday.

The R&B singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “One Last Cry” and “Back at One,” brought his sons, Niko and Brian Jr, for the visit. The two are known for the song “Marry Your Daughter,” which Brian Jr. composed, and whose video has received around 27 million hits on YouTube.

The father and sons sang an excerpt from the song at the press conference at the request of one reporter. “It’s awesome,” says the junior McKnight of the video, “I didn’t expect it to blow up so huge.”

McKnight’s concert, which features singer Angeline Quinto, will mark his fourth time in Manila. He admits that it is always a good thing to be in town. “I love being in the Philippines,” he said at the conference, “People like love songs here. It’s right to be here.”

He mentioned Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano as among the local performers he knows and respects, and praised singer Regine Velasquez. “I told Mariah [Carey] that if she comes over here and sings [one of] your song[s], you’re not going to sing it anymore,” he said, “I told her that I was kidding, but I wasn’t kidding.”

McKnight also spoke of the new song he wrote for R&B singer Kyla Rivera, whose work he has endorsed to his Twitter followers after he saw a video of Kyla singing his song “Another You.”

What may be surprising to some of his fans is that McKnight has had some stage experience. He says he has acted in “a couple plays before portraying defense lawyer Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago in 2007.

So how has theater helped him as a performer? “What [my experience] did is that it helped me with the more theatrical aspects of the show, how a show is to flow,” he said, saying that at first he felt that it was all about the music. But his time in Chicago showed that “to be on the stage…really showed me another side of what doing a show should really be about.”

McKnight continues to write music, and is aware of the challenges faced by new technology. “I really didn’t want to start in social media,” he says. “[But] we live in a day and age where if you are not on top of social media, you are forgotten.”

He says that for artists, being engaged in social media is a good thing. “As an artist, you have to be proactive about your career…You do what you have to do to stay relevant.”

Apart from his social media strategy, his plans includes having a live web feed from his studio, where fans can watch him and other musicians work. He also wants to release one new song every month.

A prolific songwriter of his caliber draws inspiration from legends. After name-checking jazz legend Miles Davis, I asked him about his musical influences, and he gave a long list of people.

Mozart, Duke Ellington, and Stevie Wonder were mentioned alongside Steely Dan, David Foster, James Ingram, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and country musicians Randy Travis and the Rascal Flats.

“If you’re going to be a writer,” he advised, “and if you’d want to stay in this business, you kind of have to know a lot of music.” And to this day, McKnight admits, he still listens to the same records he heard at the age of fifteen. For him, the jury is still out on the newer breed of musicians.

Finally, he is looking forward to his first Cebu appearance on Saturday, in a place one of his friends has been recommending with enthusiasm. “Martin [Nievera] has been saying, ‘You have to go to Cebu! You have to go! It’s great’ And this time, I’ll get to go.” — KG/ELR, GMA News

Concert King Martin Nievera in Three’s Company

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Concert King Martin Nievera in ‘Three’s Company’
SATURDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2012 00:00

Everybody’s buzzing about the biggest comedic showdown in the concert scene this year! Three’s Company brings back together Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez after all these years. And to add a comedic blend to this much anticipated show, Ai-Ai delas Alas blends into the mix of this musical love triangle comedy that will leave you breathless in laughter and awe. See them live on April 14, 2012 at the Saban Theater.

Martin Nievera

Martin is no regular singer. He comes from a long flourishing career spanning decades of successful recording hits, TV shows and even movies. In his 25 years in the business Martin has done successful stints in Manila and also breaked-through the international scene by having shows in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget and Rio Hotel among others, an attestation to the powerful range of talent he has.

Martin is a delight to watch not only because of his powerful voice but also because of his enchanting renditions of power ballads in sold-out concerts all over the Philippines and even abroad. He never fails to move anyone to tears when he sings his heart-wrenching ballads about love.

Martin Nievera is, was and always will be the Philippines’ premier Concert King. With such a successful and colorful career spanning over two decades, not only were his albums multi-platinum and gold hits, he also ventured into movies and even hosted some of the Philippines’ top- rated variety shows such as ASAP and Martin After Dark. His powerful vocals and mesmerizing rendition of love ballads have never failed to draw huge crowds in all his concerts in the Philippines and abroad. He never falls short of moving anyone to tears when he sings. He is that enchanting.

Three’s Company is a wonderful opportunity to see Martin, Pops and Ai-Ai back-to-back-to back on stage as they give you beautiful music, surprises, laughs and just let you expect the unexpected! So go buy your tickets now before its too late and you’ll be the only one who didn’t get to see this concert extravaganza.

Get ready to sing and laugh your hearts out in Three’s Company as you fall under their spells and be enchanted by the stellar performances in store! April 14, 2012 (Saturday) at the Saban Theater at 7:30pm.

The show is brought to you by Starmedia Entertainment. The show is presented to you by the following sponsors – The Lewis Law Group, Island Pacific Supermarkets, Careline Hospice, Xoom.Com, Belo Skin Care, Willard Marine, Maximum Nutrition, Moneygram International, Noypitz Restaurant, Asian Journal, Pinoy Insider, Fiesta Fast Food, Gandi’s Acupuncture, Red Mobile, Marlou Colina Salon and Kabayan.

For ticket inquiries and sponsorships please call Starmedia Entertainment at (818) 549-9005/(818) 547-1456 or email us at starmediaent@aol.com. Tickets are also available at the Saban Theatre Box Office at (323) 655-0111 or log on to www.sabantheatre.org and Island Pacific Supermarkets. For a show preview and seat plan, log on to www.starmediaentertainment.com.

Only Once In A Lifetime

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Only once in a lifetime
By Bibsy M. Carballo (The Philippine Star) Updated February 12, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (0)

Martin Nievera and Sharon Cuneta click superbly.

MANILA, Philippines – When it was announced that Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Concert King Martin Nievera would finally hold a concert together, we swear hearing people gasp in the recesses of our imagination! After all, these are the superstars of the live concert scene coming together after three decades in a Valentine offering. Recent happenings in their professional lives have added flavor to the package.

Meeting with Martin solo (Sharon came a few days later) meant we had him blabbering non-stop for hours as only he can do best, completely forgetting (as he is wont to) that some pronouncements should be off the record, and baring his heart and soul to a handful of privileged listeners.

Martin and Gary Valenciano, strangely enough after 30 years, clearly remain the reigning monarchs in this music kingdom. No one comes close. Which is why it was genius (and God) that got them to forget past differences and do a project called AS-1 which had been drawing crowds here and abroad.

And now Sharon and Martin have this Once in a Lifetime concert produced by Viva Concerts & Events and Mega Productions, Inc., which was first staged at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night to start the Valentine season rolling. Waterfront Lahug Hotel in Cebu confirmed a repeat of the concert on Valentine’s Day itself, Feb. 14, with more to follow.

The Sharon-Martin pairing is one that millions all over the world had hankered for, but took so long to happen. Sharon herself has noted, “Martin has been a friend for a long, long time. He is the ninong of my daughter Miel. I’ve always thought that there are a lot of similarities in the way Martin and I sing, I just do not know why we never had a show together or why we never recorded a duet. We seem to like the same songs and we even recorded them solo like Ikaw, which I did first and which he later recorded. There is also The Promise. We have our own versions. Now we will do the duet at the concert.”

It comes as no surprise that it took Viva’s Vic del Rosario to bring them together, as he has done for so many musical, magical pairings and aggrupations in the past. It has also helped that both artists are now connected with Viva, although Martin has stayed with ABS-CBN and Sharon moved to TV5.

For the benefit of those who are going to watch the Cebu concert, both Sharon and Martin will sing their biggest hits To Love Again, Say That You Love Me, Now That You’re Gone, and the duets they have done but never really recorded. And of course, they need to perform the title song composed by Vehnee Saturno, for which Martin wrote the lyrics. This song will be included in an album marking Sharon’s return to Viva as a recording star.

Sharon’s professional life started in 1978 with Mr. DJ which started a long list of hit songs that led to her being proclaimed the Megastar. She conquered the box-office with Maging Sino Ka Man, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Bituing Walang Ningning, among others; The Sharon Cuneta Show on television, as well as concerts, recordings and celebrity endorsements.

Martin’s break came with Vehnee’s composition Be My Lady. Then followed by one hit after another — Each Day With You, You Are My Song, Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin, Forever, Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap, etc.; conquered TV with Penthouse Live and Martin After Dark; and became the Concert King after one blockbuster concert after another.

In reviewing Sharon’s Mega 30 concert celebrating her 30th anniversary in show business, Jennifer Cuaycong wrote: “What would Sharon’s concert be without Martin Nievera? Bridging the melodies of Ikaw… dedicated to Sen. Francis Pangilinan, ‘the man who gave me forever,’ and Nievera’s Ikaw Ang Aking Pangarap, theme song (of) Lobo, Cuneta and Nievera proved once more the infallibility of their duet styles.”

Even earlier in 2001, when Sharon celebrated her 25th anniversary from Mr. DJ (composed by Rey Valera, recorded for Tito Sotto, then president of Vicor Music Corporation) at age 12 to the teleserye Magkapatid, where she played sister to Judy Ann Santos, Sharon took charge of inviting her guests for the two-night affair, one of whom was Martin. When she texted Martin, he adjusted his schedule which even involved moving a concert date abroad, and said yes to the invitation.

During that concert, Leah Salterio who covered the event remembered Martin and Sharon doing a medley of George Canseco, Willy Cruz, and Rey Valera like Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan, Mahawi Man ang Ulap, Kung Kailangan Mo Ako and others. She wrote of how Martin would fill in the gap unscripted while Sharon was changing her costume during which he sang Josh Groban’s You’re Still You. During still another costume change, Martin returned to entertain the audience by spoofing himself and singing like his dad Bert Nievera and dancing like Gary V. It was obvious that Martin didn’t even need to sing to hold the audience’s attention.

But Martin isn’t always the joker he is so good at playing. At times, in intimate sessions with a handful, he allows us a glimpse at his private hurts. At about the time Sharon made her move from ABS-CBN to TV5, Martin was also presented an offer. He was being given anything he wanted and it was tempting. But something was wrong somewhere, he felt. He went to the bosses at ABS, told them of the TV5 offer. “What should I do?” Martin recalled asking. “Instead, they were honest enough to say they had nothing for me now,” and proceeded to give him pointers on what to ask for.

Martin was perplexed and thought about what everyone told him. At 50 years old and with 30 years in show business, what was left for him but to jump ship and start anew. “If I were a businessman, I would have chosen TV5. But I just didn’t have it in me. I didn’t listen. I asked myself, where do I want to be, as opposed to where should I be.”

Martin’s mind wandered to the time ABS reopened after the Marcoses left. There were two shows that started the network — Not so Late Night with Edu and Martin and Pops Together. He even wrote the theme song of the reopening of the station ABS-CBN, It’s Great To See You Again. He liked the people at ABS, knew everyone, was comfortable there. It was family to him, and he told himself, one does not leave family. So he went to his bosses and told them, “I just need to hear ‘Don’t go’ from you. And they said, ‘Don’t go.’”

Was he crazy for passing up a great opportunity? He recalled once more what he and Sharon had talked about loyalty being non-existent in the entertainment sector. He was certain Sharon had a difficult time deciding to leave ABS where she had spent many years. But he felt he belonged to Channel 2. Despite the fact that he never had any contract all through the three decades, and only got one recently through the representation of Boss Vic.

Now that these two great performers have finally come together, many are likely to conjecture, what makes them superbly click with one another? The Megastar who seems to have reached her every goal, and the Concert King with his still unfulfilled dreams — what do they have in common? Their friends can quickly answer that they share an immense passion for their craft and will stop at nothing to attain perfection.

Both are now as busy if not busier than they’ve ever been before. Last year, Martin topbilled What Love Is at the Big Dome with Sarah Geronimo in February, took the show to major cities around the country, did two nights at Resorts World Manila, and did All for One at the Araneta with Side A last November. Sharon was in New Zealand some weeks back. Martin performed in Ireland for the first time. Once in a Lifetime caps one of Martin’s most successful years, at the same time, marks Sharon returns to the local concert stage after nearly two years of absence.

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Martin Nievera to join LA Phil’s Celebration of Filipino Culture

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Black Eyed Peas rapper and DJ Apl.de.ap celebrates his Filipino heritage with a one-of-a-kind music and dance party on July 8, from pop and traditional Pinoy artists to hip hop, OPM (Original Pilipino Music) and beyond, for the Hollywood Bowl’s first-ever celebration dedicated to Filipino music and culture.

Coming together to join in the celebration is a host of acclaimed artists – sharing the stage for the very first time – to present the richness and diversity of Filipino culture with presentations of both time-honored traditions and contemporary performances.

Just added to the line-up are Nicole Scherzinger and Vanessa Hudgens, returning to the Hollywood Bowl after their 2010 appearance together in the fully staged production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Scherzinger, who was born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and a Russian/Hawaiian mother, will join Apl.de.ap’s Black Eyed Peas bandmates Will.i.am and Taboo for a performance of some of the group’s favorite hits, and she will also perform solo. Hudgen was born in California to a father of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native of Manila, is of Chinese-Filipino-Spanish descent.

She will share co-hosting duties with Lou Diamond Phillips. Ogie Alcasid – singer, songwriter, composer, comedian, actor and entrepreneur – will join Philippine “Concert King” Martin Nievera, singer Dessa, (known as “Asia’s Divette”) and Sandwich – one of the most prominent rock bands in the Filipino scene – for a medley of OPM songs. Filipino American R&B band Legaci; rondalla music masters Rondalla Club of Los Angeles with traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance troupe Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts; and L.A.-based Filipino choral ensemble Phillipine Chamber Singers also perform.

For more information and a complete 2012 Hollywood Bowl season calendar, please visit hollywoodbowl.com

Read more: http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/Nicole-Scherzinger-Ogie-Alcasid-and-More-Join-LA-Phils-Celebration-of-Filipino-Culture-20120402#ixzz1qwiJzjHG