Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Olivia: young jazz artist's "Gentle Jazz" wins Best Jazz Artist Award

Ivory Music & Video is proud to announce that it has just released the newest addition to its growing roster of artists and performers. Presenting Olivia in her debut album entitled “Gentle Jazz”. Set to reintroduce Manila to the soothing sounds of Jazz, Olivia, who at 19 years of age is already a seasoned performer of the most luxurious hotels around is ripe and ready for a bigger stage to showcase her singing prowess.

Practically a “Best-Of-Pop-Jazz” kind of an album, “Gentle Jazz” is a 15 track album that includes the songs Oh Lori, All Behind Us Now, The Real Thing, Sweet Baby, The Way You Look Tonight, Sway, Loving You, My Cherie Amour, Just The Two Of Us, Say You Love Me and Love Is Answer. Olivia also roots herself in OPM with a reworking of the songs You and Laging Kapiling and a sample of her songwriting with Someday We Will Find Love.

Olivia started her career at the age of fifteen, then as fledgling band vocalist before her interest in Jazz deepened and switched as a soloist in the hotel lounge scene. She was the first ever Filipino awardee at the Astana Song Festival in Kazakhstan where she took home the award for best performance. She was also the youngest interpreter at a Metropop competition when she was just sixteen. Coming from a deeply musical family, the singer is daughter to Brenda Ponce Enrile Tirona, the other half of the Tirona Sisters that reigned supreme in the lounge scene of the 70’s. Her grandfather is renowned Filipino baritone, orchestra conductor Alberto Tirona, and granddaughter to singing celebrity Armida Siguion-Reyna and politician Juan Ponce Enrile.

Gentle Jazz covers the pop and jazz spectrum with songs such as Oh Lori , All Behind Us Now and The Real Thing. It also includes The Way You Look and Sway that just shows Olivia can go from pop and jazz, to standards and beyond. Olivia also samples some classic sounding jazz with a reworking of Madonna’s True Blue.

(compiled by Jay Fermin ppp-usa)