He's starred in his first international film A Special Symphony, is part of the first Pan-Asian musical TV series The Kitchen Musical, he’s the first recording artist to receive a 4x Platinum status for Romance Revisited: The Love Songs Of Jose Mari Chan for 2011, he’s worked with Jim Brickman, 2NE1, One Way, Rain, has had jam-packed concerts here and abroad and numerous endorsements tucked under his belt coupled with billboards in all over the Metro and has consistently won numerous awards and citations. But Christian Bautista, who never fails to deliver and exceed everyone’s expectations, sometimes still can’t believe he’s got this far.
“Ever since I took the very first steps in my career, I cherished all the lessons and experience I’ve gained through these years. The ups and downs, the highlights and the difficult moments helped me hone my craft and led me to doors of opportunities. Every recognition that goes my way, every favorable or critical comment on my work challenge me to do better because I owe it to my audience to utilize my full potential,” says Christian with a smile.
It’s the dream of many artists and performers – to sit down, collaborate and work with some of their favorite musicians and artists. But the chance of it happening is pretty slim.
That’s unless you are Christian Bautista.
Today, Asiansation Christian Bautista adds another feather on his cap as he launches his first international albumOutbound. Indeed, the overwhelming success of his first album under Universal Records has only led to bigger and better things.
Outbound is a collaboration between the singer and music producers and artists he met and worked with from the
United States, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and . Indonesia
“It's the first time that we want to try and attempt to do more outside the country. [And] Yes, I'm very proud of this album,” says Christian, smiling.
The album consists of eight songs which is a good mix of slow and upbeat ballads. The first single All That’s Left offers Christian’s new, bolder sound, and further proves that he is more than just a balladeer.
“Slowly nag-build up kasi ‘yan because of The Kitchen Musical. Parang nabigyan ako ng confidence to try something na kakaiba, na mas current na contemporary. So I told myself, sige let’s try this.”
While taping for TheKitchen Musical, Christian never stopped to get in touch with some of the region’s movers in the music industry until he met Tat Tong, composer of the anthemic All That’s Left.
In a phone interview, Christian shares, “Tat Tong kasi is a friend of Kewei [
Tay]. Kewei and I did a duet for Please Be Careful With My Heart in . She later on, introduced me to Tat. And then through e-mail, I asked him: 'Hey! I'm coming up with a new album. Do you have songs?' So he gave us one [and] we all liked it. After that, we told him na, 'Okay, make three more! Haha. [And] With Tat Tong kasi, steady lang kami e. We would throw ideas and stuff. And if it doesn’t work out, we would always tell na okay let’s do the thing tomorrow. We write and write and we never stop…” Singapore
And write they did. The remarkable results were All That’s Left and the other song Unphotographable.
Tat’s other masterpieces-original songs in Outbound include What Can I Do and his masterful arrangement on Christian’s cover of George Michael’s Faith, which is very special for Christian because it was used in his first big solo number in The Kitchen Musical.
Aside from Christian’s collaborations with Tat, Outbound gathers its noteworthy works with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum instrumentalist Jim Brickman for Never Far Away, the K-Pop R&B trio One Way for Wrong Number, Indonesian songwriter Satrio for the hit song I’m Already King, and with Avex
's amazing Baby M for the lovely duet Sakura. Japan
Christian's music videos always feature familiar and beautiful female celebrities: from Anne Curtis, Georgina Wilson, Solenn Heusaff, and Angel Locsin (in Beautiful Girl) to Cristine Reyes (in Remember The Girl) to Paula Taylor (in Tell Me Your Name) to Carmen Soo (in Afraid for Love to Fade) to Angelica Panganiban (in Nakaraang Pasko) to Sarah Geronimo (in Please Be Careful With My Heart).
In All That's Left, it features CosPlay Queen Alodia Gosiengfiao. When asked what’s like working with her, Christian says, “Alodia’s beautiful, she's talented, she stayed up with us [from] 8 PM to 8 AM. We danced all night long until 3 AM. It was fun.”
And while it’s apparent that Outbound has drawn him out of his comfort zone, Christian admits that it does not mean he will stop being a balladeer.
“For this album talaga kasi medyo half-half. Half experimental, half-medyo ballad pa rin naman siya. [And] Easy listening pa rin naman. Pero definitely I’m not going to drop the ballads,” he says, smiling. “Kasi s’yempre, nagsimula ako sa ballads and du’n naman talaga ako kumportable. So hindi ko p’wedeng iwanan talaga ‘yun.”
As a performer, Christian believes he's improved, but he's not reached his peak. “Honestly, I do feel that I'm at my best so far. [But] I just hope I'm not at my best.”
He adds, “[And] As I continue this journey, I have reached another turn on the road ahead. This is the right time to pursue new paths and directions. And there is no better way to begin this new and exciting phase than to share my latest work with you. With your support and a personal sense of renewed energy and devotion, I am ready to face the challenge of the future.”
Outbound is now available at all record bars nationwide under Universal Records.
1. All That's Left
4. I'm Already King
5. What Can I do
6. Never Far Away
7. Wrong Number
*To get the ringback tone of All That’s Left just text UD344 for GLOBE users and send it to 2332. For SMART users, just text FALT and send it to 2728.