Yes folks, country music performed live in the Philippines! The only other country artists I can come up with who have visited these shores, is Kenny Rodgers, the namesake of the fast food chain, a concert to inaugurate the grand opening of the restaurants. Taylor Swift, maybe not a country star now but started out that way, a crossover artists who has performed twice in the PH. And perhaps you could include Kenny Loggins with a show a few years back or Colton Avery a young artist, opening for the Script recently. Although this genre of music may not be abundantly popular here in the Philippines, the Eat Bulaga TV show is.
“During the past few years, millions of Filipinos have embraced “God Gave Me You,” which is not to be confused with Blake Shelton’s recent hit of the same name. The song has been adopted by the stars of a popular variety show in the Philippines, titled Eat Bulaga. The two young stars, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, are known as the National Couple and have incorporated the song into their budding television romance. Due to the exposure from the television show, Bryan’s “God Gave Me You” became a huge hit in the Philippines in 2011.” Country Weekly
My research began with the usual check on their recent set-lists. And wouldn’t you know it, a couple of shows at venues I’m familiar with, Great Woods Amphitheater in Massachusetts and the Shoreline in Mountainview, California. But one of the previous performances stood out, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, that’s the big time in country music terms.
I was privileged with special access to this event and was not only super impressed with Bryan’s performance but also how he handled himself off-stage. More images and stories on that to follow…
One of my favourite tracks is “You’re Still beautiful to Me” reminds me of an Eagles song with a vocal combination of Don henley and Timothy be Schdmit. While “Another day in the Sun” is something reminiscent to a pop rock song or indie alt hit.
“Bryan White will never underestimate the global power of television. Because of a popular TV show in the Philippines, of all unlikely places, Bryan has become a hot, in-demand artist in that country, thanks mainly to his 1999 hit ‘God Gave Me You.'” Country Weekly
“No one is more surprised about this international phenomenon than Bryan himself. “I can’t explain it,” says Bryan, the Country Music Association Horizon award winner in 1996. “I found out that this song had become popular and I thought that was kind of cool. The show that it’s played on has been the most popular variety show in the Philippines for a long time, so the song has had this big resurgence. I thought it would be really cool to go to Manila and show the people how much we appreciate their support.”” Country Weekly