For Alisah Bonaobra, creating music was her way of coping up during the past several months of ECQ.
“Music was really big help for me coping up this ECQ and pandemic because I consider it as my life. Without music, I don’t know what am I be doing right now, with almost 5 months lockdown. Also, with Music, I get to inspire other people as well in this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” the former X-Factor UK standout told us over a quick chat a few days ago.
And despite the lockdown Alisah shared she’s been busy promoting her 2 new singles under RJA Productions, LLC. “I also got the chance to give more time and attention to my family and furbabies, I’m also looking and searching for new ways to better my livestreaming, considering that’s one of the many ways that I can still help my family in our monthly responsibilities amidst this crisis, and also I got the chance to write songs which are still on the process.”
One of those new songs is “Gintong Tinig.” A song that was specifically written for the The Voice Philippines alumnus.
“’Gintong Tinig’ is about me and my life’s most important message. Sobrang special ito sa akin at nakakaiyak sa tuwa I had been given this opportunity,” she said.
Alisah’s continuously growing number of fans reflects the steady strength of her voice. She longed to be heard; having joined numerous singing contests in Metro Manila and even to far-flung provinces, and collecting gold trophies from her colorful stints. ”Balang araw madidinig din po ako,” often her inner voice would tell her.
There couldn’t be a more perfect turnout of that goal becoming true when her singing prowess led her to a first runner up finish during the second season of The Voice Philippines and, ultimately, to a Finals appearance in the X-Factor UK in 2017. The moment she, still reeling with her emotions, belted the opening lines to the female power pop “Bang Bang” and wowed the Simon Cowell-led judges and a stunned British crowd was instant live classic.
Her other single “Ginto Ang Bawat Sandali” has already amassed more than 300,000 views on YouTube in relatively short time and without her promoting it in the tradition of the pre-pandemic world.
This new song “Gintong Tinig” is a gold catch on its own, having been penned especially for her by hitmaker Kiko Salazar. Ever humble and grounded, she informed being starstruck while working with the revered tunesmith behind last decade’s super hit ballad “Akin Ka Na Lang.” In describing her latest single, Alisah noted, “Masasabi ko po na ito’y kapana-panabik dahil it’s challenging to sing, in particular the bridge part.”
The family-oriented, fun-loving artist previously released tracks “Laserlight,” (2015), “Baka Sakali Lang,” (2018), “Manatili Ka Sa ‘Min” (2019), and “Tayo Pa Rin” (2020). She excelled at the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCPA) and played lead character Aileen Dimaraan in PETA’s hit musical “Rak of Aegis.”
Her current management RJA Productions has made things possible for her in the New Normal, with its strong support anchored on its US-based lady head Rosabella Jao-Arribas who went the extra mile to sign her up after seeing and being mesmerized by her viral videos and world-class talent.
“I’m making myself busy and keeping in touch with my supporters by performing online as often as possible. I feel so lucky na hindi ako pinababayaan ni Tita Rosabella and RJA, as what you should expect from a management keeping its promise to support their artists even in difficult times.”
Alisah lost her Lolo Luciano, a grandfather close to her, last June and she could only pray at home with her family because of the community quarantine. She related, “Magsilbi sanang tinig sa puso ninyo ang mensahe ng ‘Gintong Tinig,’ at maging inspirasyon at pag-asa sa ganitong panahon na kailangang matutunan nating i-appreciate ang isa’t isa at kung anong meron tayo.”
Listen to the song below:
Inwardly it helps that Alisah is by nature a homebody who loves spending time with her big family, her 14 cats, five dogs, and two turtles. Fans can rest assured she has kept her voice golden, as she regularly works out, takes vitamin Cs, drinks a lot of water and green tea, and sleeps enough. Alisah Bonaobra always wakes up ready to sing for her fans and the world.
So we asked her what she’ll do the moment things get back to normal?
“I’m excited to go back to Church to thank God for he never left our side.”
What do you think of Gintong Tinig? Which is your favorite Alisah song?