Blast of the ‘80s past with Jam Morales-A A +A
Straight from Carolinas
Friday, August 30, 2013
I HAD a welcome blast from the past -- the ‘80s to be exact -- when I attended a concert headlined by singer Jam Morales here at the Charlotte area.
For those in the know, Jam Morales sang “Even If,” the ‘80s song that still enjoys airplay during those revival programs on FM radio.
Jam Morales was here at Charlotte, North Carolina for her concert entitled “Smile In Your Heart” held at the Jay M. Robinson High School at Concord, NC.
More than two decades after she left the spotlight, Jam Morales still makes Filipinos swoon with her music. “She is still hot,” said one fan who requested anonymity.
I was at the “Smile In Your Heart” concert on the invitation of Pinoy Sa Carolinas and event organizer Maria Rexy Ramirez-Verdejo-Weesorak was kind enough to arrange my interview with the singer.
I prepared questions since it's seldom I interviewed performers, singers or entertainers. But it was worth it.
Believe me, it wasn't all “senti” songs Jam Morales performed; she also sang upbeat, electric numbers to the delight of the audience.
Since she was about to leave, I had to do a fast-paced interview and walk with Jam Morales the moment she stepped down the school stage.
From our conversation, I gathered that she is now residing with her family at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I can tell from the outset that she's a very warm person, no airs whatsoever and she was so polite answering my questions while posing for the cameras at the same time.
She made me feel that I have all the time in the world to ask her questions while doing other things like giving instructions to assistants.
The concert was cut short due to the school schedule but she managed to insert a special number for Maria Weesorak's mother in the alley, the quite memorable song “Hindi Kita Malilimutan.”
A born Catholic, Jam Morales was schooled at the Our Lady of Assumption College in 1981.
When not on tour, she teaches voice lessons at New Mexico. She said she doesn't consume cold drinks. “It is a no-no,” Jam said.
During the interview a Fil-American concert goer, Aileen Lapitan, waited patiently to have her picture taken with Jam Morales, whom she declared to be “her idol.”
Gloria Grifenhagen came along with husband Bill and I can tell she was enjoying the show.
Weesorak said she met Jam Morales through a friend and invited her to do a concert for Filipinos here at the Queen City. She also brought Gabby Concepcion to Charlotte.
Asked if she would perform anew, Morales didn't hesitate and said she would come again if invited.
Hoping she could do so again -- it's nice to revisit good old times back home even in a foreign land.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 31, 2013.