Erik Santos celebrates 15 years with concert at MOA
A decade and a half is no mean feat to be in show business, especially if you’re a singer. Either you make waves as a one-hit-wonder or never at all. And lucky for those who pass the one-single hit to gain a foothold on the music scene which market is defined first by age, second by social status, and third, by cultural circumstances that define each one’s taste in pop music.
Erik Santos, winner of ABS-CBN’s star search, Star in A Millionin 2003, has remained on the scene, collected awards while earning accolades from critics and fans, and even bestowed upon with labels, among which is “King of OPM Theme Songs.
Tomorrow, the “king” marks his day on his turf with a concert called My Greatest Moments at the Mall of Asia Arena. Indeed, the venue is fit for a “king” as it is now the most august of performance halls in the metropolis.
Santos is teary eyed recalling how he started in the business, incredulous that he snagged the search grand championship and then staying on for well over a decade singing songs he loves to perform for his friends, family, and fans.
The winning moment at that time became his jumping board in carving a niche on the music scene.
He said, “As a way of looking back and thanking everyone that has made me what I am now in the music business, I have a total of 15 guests in my show.” He’d like to name all of them, but he’d rather that his followers, friends, and colleagues come and watch the show.
The concert also cements Santos’ directing flair.
“No, this isn’t my first try at directing a concert,” he said adding he had directed three shows earlier, “I want to put my creativity to (good) use and share my ideas with the fans. “I am hands-on with the process and I want my production numbers to unlike anything I have done before.”
The show, he added, will have a “musical” feel and that's how his 15 guests that include Christian Bautista, Kyla, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Jay-R, Vina Morales, Daryl Ong, Jason Dy, Moira dela Torre and “power couple” Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez come into play. “About 80 percent of the repertoire are original and I will do all of them with a twist. The show will show my journey in the music industry.”
John Prats is co-directing the show.
Erik Santos’ My Greatest Momentsconcert on Sept. 22, Saturday at 8 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. The concert is produced by Cornerstone Concerts and Lucky7 Koi Productions and presented by Advanced Aesthetics by Dr. Venia Javellana.
For tickets please call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or log on to www.smtickets.com.