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The swinging Mr. Poon

From acoustic to standards, Richard Poon has shown us his musical talents from his wide range of influences. He broke out last year with the reinvention of timeless Pinoy hits. No wonder it hit the hearts of both the young and the old. Our mothersÆ favorite tunes, given a refreshing twist and head banging rock tunes with more relaxing arrangement û thatÆs what Richard PoonÆs music has introduced the OPM waves.

At first, RichardÆs skeptical of having to go solo: ôI was scared eh. I think I couldnÆt do itö, But a talented artist like him need not be kept hiding from the very diverse Filipino music scene. Owing his artistic liberty to his record label, MCA Music, he chose standards as the genre for his solo debut. ôSongs that your momma will love,ö thatÆs how Richard put it, also treating this album as his tribute to some of the worldÆs best standards artists like Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, and our very own Jose Mari Chan. True enough, not only mothers appreciated her album but the young got to appreciate the music of the early years. His idol, Jose Mari Chan, even gave him his praises about his album. It got the platinum status in just a few months. Even his second release, ôFor Youö, already got the gold status in a few weeks, and now also hit the platinum mark. It has just proved how Richard and his music is greatly appreciated by the Filipinos here and abroad.

Two platinum albums, international tours, and regular performances on ASAP û as a remarkable songwriter and arranger, and lauded performer, Richard is overwhelmed by the overflowing blessings he has been achieving in such a short time. With his God by his side and the gift of music flowing through his veins, heÆs definitely one of OPMÆs gems.


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