After several multi-platinum albums, a string of immortal hits, hosting the hottest Sunday noontime show, a couple of acting trophies, lead actor roles in two of the biggest musicals in Philippine history, sold-out concerts here and abroad, and now homemaker and proud young father…to say that he has gone a long way since his bachelor days in faraway Canada is a sweet understatement.
Time has been kind to Ariel. With that boyish innocence on his face, ten fruitful years seem to have passed by in an instant. Through the years, ballads such as Sana Kahit Minsan, Simple Lang, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Photograph and Getting To Know You have become household favorites. Like himself, his fans have grown up and matured in their own experiences. But one thing remains fresh about his music— that sentimental effect elicited by his vocal prowess and smooth style never fails to attract more and more listeners.
And how has life treated him after a decade in the business? “Aawitin Ko Na Lang,” suggests Ariel. The title of his 6th album brings back those intimate moments when the sweetest Original Pilipino Music (OPM) songs touched the hearts of many. From about a hundred selections he handpicks ten songs by the greatest local hitmakers of all time. The likes of Pops Fernandez, the APO Hiking Society, Jam Morales and many others salute Ariel as he interprets their past signature hits. A Smile In Your Heart, his initial offering, can now be heard playing in radio stations all over the country. Two duets are also included in this album featuring Lea Salonga with I Don’t Love You Anymore and Sharon Cuneta with Ikaw.
As he celebrates the joys and kindness of life, he thanks those closest to his heart with the gift of song: “You brighten my day showing me my direction. You come into me and given me inspiration. How can I ask for more from you, my dear? Maybe just a smile in your heart.”
Relive those cherished memories as Ariel blissfully romances us once again. “Aawitin Ko Na Lang” by Ariel Rivera is brought to you by BMG Records Pilipinas.