Erik Santos’ decade-long reign as prince of pop

Erik Santos’ decade-long reign as prince of pop
By MST Entertainment
Oct 16, 2013

Powerful ballads, remarkable originals, strong vocals, heartfelt renditions and a true Pop icon, Erik Santos has smoothly taken fans on a journey through a decade of good music and by remaining as one of the industry’s most conspicuous artists and celebrated OPM phenomena.

Erik Santos celebrates 10 years in the industry

Erik Santos celebrates 10 years in the industry

Since that stellar moment during his rendition of “This Is The Moment” on ABS-CBN’s singing reality talent-search Star In A Million in 2003, the soul everyone witnessed from then wildcard finalist Erik Santos gave him the much desired triumph. The acquired triumph started opening a lot of doors for him and labeled Erik as the country’s “Prince of Pop.”

“This Is The Moment,” Erik’s first album that went platinum three months after its release was the first material that showcased his ground-breaking vocals and positioned him to the ballad stream. The album produced massive hits such as “Pagbigyang Muli,” “Di Ko Kaya” and “Kung Akin ang Mundo.” Erik’s Platinum sophomore album Loving You Now was released the following year and continued giving soulful ballads via hit singles “Who’s Loving You Now,” “I Will Never Leave You,” remake of Ella Mae Saison’s “Goodbye’s Not Forever” and “Bakit Sa Iniibig Ka?” an unforgettable collaboration with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez.

Erik ventured into something new on Your Love. Your Love featured Erik’s own rendition of popular all-time pop-rock songs. Your Love scored platinum hit singles like Neocolours’ “Say You’ll Never Go,” After Image’s “Next in Line” and Rockstar”s “Parting Time,” a belting piece duet with the RnB Princess Kyla. As a season breaker, Erik released his first Christmas album All I Want This Christmas with its carrier hit single “Ngayong Pasko.” In 2008, Star Records and Warner Music Philippines combined the two top pop balladeers in the country. Erik and Christian Bautista did a joint project titled Face-Off, a rundown of their hit singles in one album. “Never Give Up” was the hit duet released from the album.

The following year marked another milestone in Erik’s career. Music and ballad genius Jim Brickman blessed Erik with The Jim Brickman Songbook. A collection of Jim Brickman’s creations and performed by the Prince of Pop. “My Love Is Here” fronted the album to its platinum status. Erik’s seventh album Awit Para Sa’yo was his trademark ballad-full comeback album. The platinum-selling album rendered the originals “Kulang Ako Kung Wala Ka,” “Bakit Mahal Pa Rin Kita,” and the feel-good track “Hindi Na Magbabago.”

It wasn’t just an ordinary chain of albums for Erik.

In between his main albums, Erik has also done couple of special singles for EPs, LPs, soundtracks, compilations and many more. Singles for: Love Life by Boy Abunda, May Bukas Pa Album, Tamhayan Album, I-Star 15 OPM No. 1s and recently the very succesful Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs just to recall a few.

Erik’s discography just goes to show how his music is being expanded in an unbounded extent, not just on radio alone but through variety of platforms as well. Progressively heard on hit teleseryes and blockbuster movies over the last decade, Erik’s latest music offering is something that will delight his loyal listeners on these mediums. The Erik Santos Collection is a compilation of all the teleserye and movie theme songs he has recorded.

“Muling Buksan Ang Puso” (from Muling Buksan Ang Puso), “If You Asked Me To” (from Unofficially Yours), “Suddenly It’s Magic” (from Suddenly It’s Magic), “Ikaw” (from Ina, Kapatid, Anak), “Miss You Like Crazy” (from Miss You Like Crazy). “I’ll Never Go” (from One More Chance) and “Maging Sino Ka Man” (from Maging Sino Ka Man) are just a glimpse of the tracks in the album that summarize his ten years in the business and gave him the secondary title “King Of Teleserye Themesongs.”

 A decade of recognition

With his unquestioned talent and wide array of music, multi-platinum albums and sold-out concerts here and abroad, no wonder why Erik Santos is being appreciated meritoriously.

Country’s prestigious award-giving bodies have kept an eye for Erik over his 10 years of expertise. Some of these recognitions were: Star Awards For Music-Pop Male Recording Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year (2010); Star Awards for TV-Best New Male TV Personality (2004); Aliw Awards-Best New Male and Best Performance by a New Male Recording Artist (2004); Best Male Performance in a Concert (2007); Awit Awards-Best Inspirational Song (2009); PMPC Song of the Year (2012); People’s Choice Award-Most Promising Ballade (2004); Catholic Mass Media Awards-Best Music Video (2008).

Erik was also recognized by the Tri-Media award-giving bodies. Apportioning some were: Myx Music Awards-Favorite Male Artist (2006 to 2009); Favorite Remake (2007); Favorite Collaboration with Regine Velasquez (2007); ASAP Platinum Circle-Platinum Male Artist (2006 and 2008); ASAP 24K Gold Awards-Erik Santos: The Jim Brickman Songbook (2009); ASAP Pop Viewer Choice Awards-Pop Male Artist (2006 and 2008); Pop Male Performance (2006); Pop Male Performance in a Music Video (2008); Pop Song (2010); IFM Pinoy Music Awards-Best Performance by a Mais Recording Artist (2006); Most Popular Song by a Male Performer (2007); Yes! Readers’ Choice Award- Celebrity Home of the Year (2006); Pinoy Music Chart-Artist of the Year (2006) and more.

 A decade of shows and appearances

Though singing has always been Erik’s main craft, in his ten-year stay in the industry, he tried widening his horizons through hosting and acting. After his Star In A Million win, Erik became, and still a mainstay performer and host on ABS-CBN’s Sunday Variety Show Asap. Erik also hosted Star Power, a singing-reality show with the Megastar Sharon Cuneta. With the two notable lead appearances on MMK and musical stage play Little Mermaid with Rachelle Ann Go had proven that Erik has got acting chops too.

Consistently associated with major concerts and jam-packed tours locally and abroad, plus his soulful big pipes, Erik has never failed to fill any concert venue and leave mesmerizing performances. Throughout the years, Erik was already able to perform and share the same concert stages with various OPM superstars such as Pilita Corales, Basil Valdez, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sharon Cuneta, Kuh Ledesma, Pops Fernandez, Lea Saionga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid and Lani Misalucha.

Incomparable concerts under his belt were mostly Big Dome powerhouse shows like Night Of The Champions with Erik’s co-champions Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle Ann Go, Mark Bautista and Christian Bautista, The Prince of Pop and The Comedy Concert Queen, a duo-effort concert with the Comedy Queen AiAi De Las Alas, SOLO Concert in 2007, Pop Icons with Christian Bautista, Piolo Pascual, Sam Milby and Mark Bautista, Power of One in 2010, Power Icons in 2011, and last year’s Greatest Theme Songs at the Meralco Theater.

In November, in celebration of Erik Santos’ 10 wonderful years of music and his reign as the country’s one and only Prince of Pop, Erik presents InTENse: A Decade with the Prince of Pop, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. at the PICC Plenary Hall. His guests include Pop Rock Princess Yeng Constantino, Teleserye Theme-song Queen Angeline Quinto, Comedy Concert Queen AiAi delas Alas, Concert Queen Pops Fernandez and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez. The G-Force will be there, too.

Produced by Cornerstone Concerts, the show will take Erik’s supporters down memory lane, from his humble beginnings.

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