Charice Pempengco. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
For his all-star Asia tour that comes to Manila in October, top US record producer and pop hitmaker David Foster said Charice Pempengco will be the “clean-up woman.”
“Do you know what that is?” Foster asked the Inquirer in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Before he could get an answer (and that would have been a “no”), Foster explained: “In baseball, the clean-up guy comes in when a team is in trouble. He’s the guy who hits the ball out of the park. Charice is like that, she hits the notes way up high, like hitting a home run.”
The petite Filipino singing sensation may just be returning the favor, since Foster actively helped launch her international singing and recording career.
He still can’t believe that every Filipino he meets seems grateful for that. “It happened again this morning,” said the 16-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.
He had gone to see a doctor in Malibu, California, only hours before, and a Filipino named Melinda approached him. “She said, in a very soft voice, ‘Thank you for helping Charice.’ It never fails to touch my heart,” Foster said.
Apparently inspired by Charice’s talent and success, plus his recent collaboration with 11-year-old soprano Jackie Evancho, “America’s Got Talent” 2010 runner-up, Foster has launched a search for young singers via the website borntosingasia.com. The search is worldwide, he said, but the website is exclusively for Asian talents.