CARL De Villa has released his first original track from his new home in Sydney, Australia. But he was born and raised in Mactan, Cebu and his pride in his Filipino heritage shines through in this beautiful single, sung in Tagalog, “Okay lang.”
This song is a collaborative work between De Villa and another Filipino ex-pat, Oscar JR Larmoste Carbaese, who wrote and composed the piece. It is a beautiful, haunting ballad about looking back on a lost love.
De Villa was born and raised in Cebu. Growing up with two brothers and a sister and a family very involved in the local community, there was little time for anything else but he found his passion in singing. He polished his natural talent in church choir singing hymns.
Over time, he developed his vocal range through local bands, becoming the lead singer for the Redlites.
He was featured in the song “Para Sa Iyo” from the hit movie “Crying Ladies.” The featured song was by De Villa’s group, Serendipity, an offshoot of Redlites, which he performed with for a number of years.
Since then, De Villa has been part of many other bands including In Heat, which toured the Philippines, Japan and Singapore; the Sydney-based M7; and currently, Kayu.
De Villa is currently working on new music, in both English and Tagalog, to be released later this year. (PR)