There is no doubt that Rico Blanco is a gifted musician and performer. His success as a recording artist and his fanbase can attest to this, as well as his staying power in the music industry. His words and music have chronicled not only his own journey as an artist, they spoke to lives of his fans, and even casual listeners as well. Even after launching his career as a solo artist in 2008, he presented even more artistic bones with every project heÆs immersed into.
Ever exceeding his artistic limits, Rico effectively turned into an actor as he took on the role of Lucas in the TV series ôImortal.ö Acting, after all is an extension of his being a performer, and with this new title under his belt, heÆs steadily gathering even more fans.
To chronicle RicoÆs successful career in the last couple of years, Warner Music Philippines releases a two-CD limited edition of RicoÆs 1st album Your Universe. The first disc has the original release of the album while disc two has a fresh lineup of six tracks that highlights his newest song ôKahit Walang Sabihin,ö the song from the hit teleserye ôImortal.ö The other tracks are from RicoÆs various projects - ôBangonö was written for the victims of Ondoy, but itÆs still being played on the radio and itÆs still relevant as it was when it was first released, speaking to all victims of natural calamities in the country. ôChina in Meö is one of the songs included in the Southeast Asian release of the album along with the chart-topper ôNeon Lightsö and its Funk Avy remix, which debuted at No. 1 in Hong KongÆs top radio chart, Music Bus Hong Kong, and an acoustic version of one of his biggest hits ôYour Universe.ö
In addition to his multiple hats, Rico is also a Sesame Street ambassador for its project ôSesame Street Kid Ako.ö As the ambassador, he is the face and voice of the campaign to generate support from the media and sponsors to raise funds for Sesame Street to create a Sesame Street corner with a TV and DVD set along with Sesame Street videos at public schools to encourage laughter and learning at an early age. ôI feel blessed to be given the chance to help,ö Rico said, when asked about this different venue for his talent. As part of this project, he is also working on rock versions of two classic Sesame Street songs.
Not one to stay still and rest on his laurels, Rico is constantly on the move, stretching and making use of his talents, widening his horizons. With the release of his limited edition double CD and with ôImortalö closing to a successful end, we can see just how far he has gone. For his fans, this is just one of the many unexpected things that are yet to come from Rico Blanco.