Sarah Geronimo transcends the usual Filipino singing style. While famous singers like Regine Velasquez, Jaya, Lani Misalucha, and the new generations of singers (Morisette Amon, Elah, Zephanie) showcase their vocal prowess by singing very high notes, Geronimo takes the lesser known ‘route’ that today’s successful American musical artists prefer.
The power of the ‘birit’* remains under exclusive Filipino territory, yet these Filipina singers follow the old ways made popular by such greats as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Christina Aguilera. Geronimo begs to differ conforming to the modern style of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and even Ariana Grande.
*birit – singing in very high notes, commonly used by Filipina singers to showcase their vocal prowess.
Sarah Geronimo is Original
From the onset, Geronimo’s Forever’s Not Enough follows the Regine Velasquez formula. It was a big hit back then and remains the most requested song among radio stations in Manila today. Even Velasquez’s movie career is mirrored by Geronimo’s choices of roles as she adds acting to her showbiz resume.
Yet, Geronimo’s name has been bigger, perhaps even more prestigious than her more ‘renowned’ predecessor.
Geronimo is no mere copycat or simply inspired to follow in someone else’s footsteps. While many fans considered the relationship between the two musical artists to be mentor-protégé rather than rivals, Geronimo made sure she remains relevant. Sarah is also sensitive to the usually expectant and musically inclined Filipinos. Now that they are together in ASAP, it only means more entertainment for musical fans.
Evolving Musical Style
The latest musical offerings of Geronimo begin with Tala and more recently Your Universe. They are not only signs of the artist’s maturity but her evolving musical style.
Note the evolving (yet consistent) musical style – from Tala to Duyan – unmatched by any other musical artists in the Philippines. It’s the modern groove that is not limited to soul or R&B, but rather encompasses musical genre. Other Filipino artists simply settle for what is trendy, yet being trendy today can be rather boring a few days later.
The Comeback in Real
You can listen to her latest here, Dati Dati, without a music video so far, yet!
From the Popstar herself:
Geronimo is slowly coming back to the limelight after a two-year hiatus, which she took after getting married to actor Matteo Guidicelli. Last July, the singer made her TV comeback with a song-and-dance performance on the noontime variety show “ASAP Natin ‘To.” Geronimo and Guidicelli also recently collaborated with American songwriter Jim Brickman for a new version of the latter’s song “The Gift.”Entertanment at Philippine Inquirer | Teaser for comeback
Sarah Geronimo, known for her unassuming and humble nature, remains one of the Philippines’ prime musical attractions – today and for years to come. There is simply no one like her. Her music exudes the confidence of not having to rely on birit to become a hit.
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