Maja Salvador fulfills dream, works on debut CD

Posted at 03/04/14 6:15 PM

Maja Salvador shoots a scene in the upcoming music video for her debut single 'Dahan-Dahan' on Tuesday. ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Maja Salvador, who marked her 10th year in showbiz last year, considers it a dream-come-true to finally record her debut CD, which will be released this month.

The 25-year-old actress started work on the music video for the album's carrier single, "Dahan-Dahan," on Tuesday. The song is one of eight tracks in the Ivory Music & Video-produced CD, titled "Believe," which Salvador described as being inspired by the music of pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce.

Noting the album won't feature "birit" or songs with soaring notes, Salvador happily shared that the tracks were tailor-made for her voice. "Kung ano 'yung kayang ibigay ng boses ko, swinak nila. Kung ano 'yung babagay sa boses ko, iyon 'yung mga kantang binigay nila sa akin," she said.

Becoming a recording artist was a curious unfolding of fate, Salvador recalled. She was on a touring production last year, in celebration of her first decade in the industry, when a YouTube video of one her performances caught the attention of Ivory producers.

To prepare for the concert series, Salvador said she underwent voice lessons under The Company's Annie Quintos, which she credited for her confidence in singing during the tour.

"May nakapag-YouTube sa akin na taga-Ivory Music & Videos," Salvador told ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano. "Nakita niya doon sa tour ko na kumakanta ako."

"Ta's iyon, sabi, 'Si Maja Salvador, kumakanta pala.' So iyon, hanggang sa nag-offer sila ng kontrata. At bakit ka tatanggi, 'di ba? So sabi ko, 'Sige, game! Gawin natin!' Kasi siyempre pangarap ko. Bihira lang nabibigyan ng album!"

Branching out

Having earned acclaim for her dramatic portrayals on TV and the big screen -- she won her first Gawad Urian award in 2012 -- Salvador isn't resting on her laurels, saying venturing into music is a way of giving back to her supporters.

"Ako kasi, parang sa akin, bilang artista, dapat ikaw mismo alam mo kung ano ang i-e-explore -- kung ano pa 'yung talent mo, kung ano pa 'yung gusto mo ibigay at ipakita sa mga fans at supporters mo," she said.

While excited with the prospect of adding an album to her list of achievements, Salvador said she recognizes she has much to learn about being a singer, noting it is a different playing field altogether from acting.

Asked how she would compare to singer Sarah Geronimo, who is dubbed local showbiz's "Pop Star Royalty," Salvador said, "Kasi si Sarah, sobrang total performer naman talaga. Dream ko rin naman maging total performer."

"Pero ang dami ko pang kakaining bigas, ang dami ko pang kailangan pag-aralan para makarating kung nasaan man si Sarah ngayon," she said.

But for now, Salvador is only happy to be able to impart her love for singing, citing the thought of everyday Filipinos hearing her voice on the radio as particularly thrilling.

"Masaya ako na nabigyan ako ng chance na 'yung talent ko sa pagkanta ay mai-se-share ko naman sa kanila... Masaya ako na kunwari, nag-ko-commute sila o may ginagawa sila, naririnig nila 'yung boses ko. 'Yung hindi nalang nila ako napapanood. This time, sa radyo maririnig naman nila," she said.