Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vince Camua - Looks and Sings Better “LIVE”.


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Last Saturday I was invited by a close friend to watch a mini concert at The Podium. When I asked her who’s performing, I had to ask again because the name of the artist did not really strike a chord. Curiosity struck me (as always) and had to research his name online – but this effort din not lead me anywhere. Except for some Multiply and Facebook accounts, Google results did not provide much of a backgrounder who the artist is.

His name is Vince Camua.

We arrived at the venue 5:45pm and settled for a seat at the middle section. I realized that the budding artist has a CD out in the market; Vince Camua, Spells of a Young Crooner. I would probably check it after his performance tonight.

Time check, 6:15pm and still no signs that the show will start any sooner. If I remember it right, the email invite that was sent to me clearly stated that the show start at 6pm. Very Pinoy, I told myself.

At 6:35pm, out came a young guy in denims and white jacket; and hurriedly headed towards center stage. Hadn’t my friend told me he is Vince, not in any light years will I figure out that the guy and posters are all but one. His posters suggested he is a 30-something-guy with a very big hair; while on live he is a true looker- not to mention a lot younger. Either this is a case of bad photography, photo styling or probably even choice. I don’t really know – just go figure!

After the first 3 songs, I was absolutely convinced that Vince can, indeed, croon. He is musically precocious and can render cover songs and eventually own it. His set of vocal devices is suit for his type of genre – a great deal of modern swing era. What I also find appealing is his distinctive sound that is not a product of Martin Nievera or Garry Valenciano’s school of music. To a lot, Vince may sound a lot like Richard Poon – given that their genre is the same. But Vince should be given more credit than this - He sings a lot better than Richard Poon. The only advantage the latter has is being able to penetrate mainstream.

Although this young balladeer has a lot of learning while performing on stage (he still has awkward moments and does not connect to his entire audience), he truly deserves a niche in musicville. With the proper marketing, packaging and proper song selection, this young artisan can reach musical heights in local recording scene. Let’s face it, young singers nowadays all belong to the “I-will-belt-until-my-freaking-lungs-explode" bandwagon. It gets tiring after a while. Thus, it is about time we see a new ingredient in the music arena.

After the show, I got his CD and can’t stop playing his version of “I’ll Take Care of You” – a personal favorite.

If you have a chance to see him, I guarantee that you will agree that Vince Camua looks and sings better “live”.

Notes:

1. All pictures appearing on this blog are courtesy of photographer, Gerry Monserate.
2. You may also want to visit Vince's website for more information.



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18 comments:

Joanna S. on May 12, 2009 5:14 PM said...

Hi Eric,

I heard about Vince. I'll take your suggestion to get his CD. I'll be on GB area tonight anyway..

Do you know the sched of his gigs?

Marian Leviste said...

Hi Fierce Enrico!

Is he open for corporate inviation?

Anonymous said...

Your statement that he is better than Poon should be put into context... define pls :)

Robbie Cruz said...

Is his music very Michael Buble? Worth checking on record bar I guess...

Thanks Fierce Enrico!

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 12, 2009 5:27 PM said...

Hi there!

I don't have much info on his performances.. But I'll try to check somewhere.. Try visiting his multiply site... it should be there :)

Thanks for reading!

janice Eusebio said...

Hi Enrico!

He is "PAPA-able"... I just wish his brown jacket fits him better.. It looks big on him.. urgh...

marlboroGURL said...

I heard him sing in The Fort once... I agree that he is a better singer that Poon. But Poon is more visible on TV than him... I think that is the reason why Poon is more pop-ular :)

Cherry Uy said...

Hi Fierce Enrico!

Is he Chinese? Do you know where is his next performance?

Louise on May 12, 2009 5:49 PM said...

Hands Down Vince Camua is better than Richard Poon. His voice is distinct and not "manufactured" and he is uber-cute.

I have a CD already!

Anonymous said...

I like Poon but I never hears this guy sing.... Worth checking :)

Thanks Fierce boi!

Anonymous said...

Seems like you were paid to blog this for the artist... CRAP!

Anonymous said...

With such comment coming from Enrico, he must be worth our time (and money). Well, will check the record bars one of these days!- *cta*

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 12, 2009 9:16 PM said...

"Seems like you were paid to blog this for the artist... CRAP!"

Believe or not, the artist didn't pay me a cent :p

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 12, 2009 9:17 PM said...

Hi Cherry,

"Is he Chinese? Do you know where is his next performance?"

Not sure, really. But I don't think he is :)

Eric Capacia's Fierce Blogs on May 12, 2009 9:19 PM said...

Hi Janice,

"just wish his brown jacket fits him better.."

I also noticed this when I was watching the show. I even had to tell my friend sitting next to me :)

Gerry said...

yup, this guy really can sing!

I must thank my friend, Louise Chavez for giving me a copy of Vince's album. :P

Anonymous said...

thanks enrico!

Anonymous said...

I got curious of how he sound kasi u said he's much better than poon so i checked his videos on youtube.. I'm quite dismay of the results though akala ko kasi he really sings and looks better than poon. Im not really a fan of poon but I gotta give it to that guy. And I think kaya umangat c poon kasi soothing and very cool ung voice niya compared to vince.vince voice on the other hand is just plain and ordinary and parang hindi nya alam kung anong genre nya. Yes, he can sing pero naniniwala ako that para sumikat ang isang artist he should have a distinct quality compared to others. lets face it right now poon hit it first among singers in his genre and all the others that would follow him would look like mediocres

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