Going solo-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
TALKING about his recent big leap in his musical career, this guy may have taken his cue from his first stint at singing. That happened when he was four years old, belting out a heart-warming rendition of the song In His Time. And guess who was among those in the audience? No less than Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal himself.
But of course, an innocent four-year-old would have dismissed it as just another random performance expected from a cute little kiddo through the prodding of proud parents and family.
“I did not feel anything, not even nervousness,” former Stagecrew frontman Michael Allen Pio Catubay recalls. “All I could remember was the audience applauding after my performance.” But he admits being teary-eyed whenever he sings the same song during the Holy Mass.
Known now by his stage name “Pio,” he makes another brave move by re-launching himself as a solo artist. One might consider paying tribute to his patron saint, San Pio da Pietrilcina.
This talented singer is a “veteran” in the Cebuano music scene. If you’re abreast of local events, you may remember him as part of other well-known bands from a few years back like Livewyre, Soundstream and Mic-Express. Pio was making music with these groups before his last stint as a band member of Stagecrew.
“After Stagecrew, I concentrated on my day job and would sing on the side. It was like the end of my musical career,” Pio narrates. “But when I met Nendel Endrina, who is a fantastic musical genius, I found new hope in trying to go solo. (It was) a decision which I found to be perfect. Nendel was able to bring my thoughts and ideas into reality.”
Just last month, Pio was officially introduced as a solo artist in a weekend party.
His album, Pio Goes Solo, says it all. Apart from a renewed optimism to take his own brand of music to the next level, it also mirrors his love for his Cebuano roots.
He wrote most of the original tracks, which included three Visayan songs. One of these Visayan creations, Haaaay Gugma, has already been enjoying considerable airplays over radio stations not just here in the Visayas but also in Mindanao.
The songs, Salamat, Joanne and Sto. Niño, Among Batang Gino-o, reflect the different loves of his life. He also added the song Deafening Silence, which would relate well with the families of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), being a former OFW himself.
Clearly, his interesting experiences and stories became the melodic inspirations of
“Considering what this album brings I should say it’s a fusion of all things I love.
There is rock, jazz, R&B, ballad and dance. I think the easiest word would be pop fusion since it’s varied and wide. I chose these because it’s what I love. It tells so much of me, versatile and open-minded,” Pio explains when asked about his type of music.
He admits though that he still misses the days when he performed in a band. Pio, who also works as a financial adviser and writes commercial jingles, acknowledges the “support system” and sharing new, unforgettable experiences with them. Definitely, he’s taking all those experiences in this new career path he’s taking.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 28, 2013.