World singing champion Jed Madela’s latest album,Iconic, has been in the market since earlier this month without much fanfare. And why?
Madela, during a media launch for the album,, disclosed that it was his way, with the concurrence of the record label to release the album quietly for people to know that he can still sing.
In fact, the quiet release of the album makes him the first Filipino artist to release an album unannounced.
Living up to its album title, Iconic features Jed’s unique versions of songs that have been popularized previously by the likes of Madonna (“Like A Prayer”), Mariah Carey (“Love Takes Time”), Celine Dion’( “That’s The Way It Is” and in the album featuring the group 5thGen), and Whitney Houston (”Didn’t We Almost Have It All”).
Jed is the only male Filipino artist to release an album featuring the hits of American pop divas.
“For a time, I was reported to have lost my voice due to sickness, and this album proves that I still have it. I’ve done things in this album that I had not done before, and you’ll know what they are if you listen to ‘Iconic,’” said Jed.
“Iconic,” Star Music’s biggest album for 2015, also marks a first for Jed – a duet with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in the classic song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Jed also experiments with new sound and sumptuous beats with EDM-laced tracks such as his remake of Christina Aguilera’s pop ballad “Beautiful,” “Like A Prayer (Brian Cua Sunset Remix),” “Beautiful (Moophs Remix),” and Jed’s original composition “Welcome To My World,” which acts as the album’s opening and closing tracks served up in two versions.
Also included on the 14-track list are Jed’s remakes of Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen,” Gloria Estefan’s “Don’t Wanna Lose You Now,” Tiffany’s “If Love is Blind,” and Toni Braxton’s “You Mean the World to Me.”
Iconic, produced by Jonathan Manalo and Jed, is now available at all record bars nationwide for only P350. Digital tracks can also be downloaded via leading record stores all over the country and in online music stores such as iTunes, Mymusicstore.com.ph, Amazon.com, and Starmusic.ph.
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