“She combined powerful vocals, a projection honed in professional theater, flawless diction and raw emotion to give listeners infallible proof that Filipino artists truly have what it takes.
“[Joanna] Ampil enthralled a sparse yet attentive crowd with Broadway music sans expensive costumes and sets. 'I have no character to hide in [tonight],' she said. 'I’m naked in front of you.'
“Highlight of the evening was Ampil’s medley of hits from 'Sunset Blvd,' 'Wicked' and 'Dreamgirls.' [video below, courtesy of Girlie Rodis.] Some spectators were convinced they were hearing versions better than the originals... Should this world-class Pinay talent decide to stay (she’s now based in London), we’ll all be the better for it.”
That Listen is amazing--as is the ease with which she shifts from sumptuous Broadway sound to soul-tinged pop and back. If only the band had sounded better. More: Rainbow Connection here, There's a Fine, Fine Line here.