- Charice, as he is now called, rose to fame with his appearances in foreign talent shows
- Armed with a new album, he hopes to reach out to his Filipino fans more than his international market
- 'Catharsis', his latest effort, is now available on Spotify
Years after his international hit 'Pyramid', Charice is now back in the scene with his new album 'Catharsis'.
Aside from his new album, the singer is also celebrating 10 years in the business which is a huge feat considering how much he has done in his career.
He has been recognized for his singing prowess overseas but has made it his mission to reach out more to his local fan base first before he gets back on the international scene.
Formerly known by his real name, Charice Pempengco, he became a viral sensation when he appeared in the South Korean talent show 'Star King'. Prior to his appearance in the show, he was a contestant in the defunct singing talent show 'Little Big Star'.
Since then, he performed for some of the most popular shows in the United States - 'Ellen' and 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'. Through his mentor, record producer David Foster, he was also able to tour around the world.
Although he can return to the international scene any time, Charice stressed that he wants to reach more of his fan base in the country since they are harder to please compared to their foreign counterparts.
"Kasi lahat tayo rito kumakanta, so ang hirap i-impress. Ang hirap i-ano na 'Sige na, pakinggan niyo 'yung album ko'," he said.
(All of us here sing, so it's hard to impress the crowd. It's also hard to convince them to please listen to my album.)
Despite that setback, he is not giving up on his Filipino fans as he expressed his desire to reach the masses more.
He shared that there were times wherein he felt that the crowd was distant during his shows. When he had a show in Compostela Valley, he said that the rain got his audience wet and he joined them.
"Ganun 'yung gusto ko, kung ano ang [experience] nila, ganun din ako. I want them to realize that," he added.
(That's what I want, what they experienced, I will also do the same. I want them to realize that.)
His latest album is actually dedicated to his Pinoy fans and hoped that they would have a deeper connection through it.
'Catharsis' is now available for streaming on Spotify.