Richard Poon

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Richard Poon
Born(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 31)
Makati City, Philippines
OccupationSinger-songwriter, TV personality
Genre(s)Jazz, ballad, pop
Label(s)VIVA (2004–2006)
MCA (2007–present)
Official Websitewww.richardpoon.ph
 
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Richard Poon
Born(1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 31)
Makati City, Philippines
OccupationSinger-songwriter, TV personality
Genre(s)Jazz, ballad, pop
Label(s)VIVA (2004–2006)
MCA (2007–present)
Official Websitewww.richardpoon.ph

Richard Poon (born December 8, 1981) is a Filipino-Chinese[1] singer-songwriter and TV personality in the Philippines. He is a former member of U-Turn. He has gone on a successful solo career, and is a well-known jazz singer in the Philippines.

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Early life

Poon was born on December 8, 1981 in Makati City, Philippines. Despite being of Chinese descent, he was raised by his parents Robert Poon and Eva Huang in the Philippines, together with his sister Eva Marie. He inherited his singing skills from his mother. Another field in which he has established a good reputation is in the Culinary Arts. He specializes in Oriental food available in his Little Poon Restaurant.

As a musician, Poon together with his skilled four piece band, have proudly graced many lounges and bars across Metro Manila, including a regular stint at Eastwood Central Plaza. They are also consistently invited to perform in various weddings, corporate shows and parties.

Career

Though it may have become the norm for many an artist aiming to make it big in the local, music scene to simply accede and conform to prevailing musical trends and fads, there are still a few who admiringly dare to be different, taking themselves to task by choosing to take the road less traveled, aspiring for glory on their own terms.

Among them is young, up and coming singer Richard Poon who is fast making his mark even as he continues to steer away from doing usual pop fare, keenly devoted as he is to becoming a romantic crooner in the vein of Harry Connick, Michael Buble and famous balladeer Jose Mari Chan.

Poon describes his music as "Fresh, Old-school," which is only apt as his repertoire is filled with highly-energized, inspiring takes of the standards famously rendered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Rod Stewart among others. Born and raised in the Philippines, Poon inherited his parents' special skills. He got his musical skills from his mom who is a big star in Taiwan and his culinary expertise from his Cantonese dad who is a restaurateur/chef based in Hong Kong.

Poon is an accomplished musician whose deep knowledge of music allows him to delve into a wide variety of other musical genres. It is as such, that during his well-attended concerts, aside from his usual set of standards, Poon would also often treat his audience with unexpected, inimitable covers of many contemporary hits as well.

As exciting and prolific as he is, Poon together with his skilled four piece jazz band, have proudly graced many lounges and bars across the metro including a regular stint at Eastwood Central Plaza. They are also consistently invited to perform in various weddings, corporate shows and parties.

Besides being adept in re-interpreting well-loved tunes of old, Poon also sings and writes his own music, one of which dubbed, "Lalala" was sung by Regine Velasquez and Piolo Pascual for the soundtrack of their movie "Paano Kita Iibigin."

Television

Currently, Richard sings regularly every Sunday at Philippines’ no. 1 variety show ASAP 2012 (ABS-CBN channel 2) with the powerhouse cast of ASAP Sessionistas (Bossa Nova princess Sitti, powerful belter & Diamond Record Awardee Nina, well-loved pop-folk singer/guitarist Aiza Seguerra, sweet-singing Juris Fernandez (formerly of MYMP), R&B singer Duncan Ramos, acoustic sweetheart Princess Velasco, and popular rocker Kean Cipriano)

Awards

In 2008, in his first year as a solo artist, Richard won prestigious back-to-back Awit Awards’ Best New Male Recording Artist and Aliw Awards Best Male Performer in Hotels, Bars and Music Lounges.

In 2009, Richard was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the 1st Radio Music Awards and bagged the 2009 Best Male Entertainer and Recording Artist by the Dangal Ng Bayan “Who’s Who in the Philippines”.

In 2010, Richard garnered the Aliw Awards Best Male Concert Performer.

Discography

with U-Turn

Albums
YearAlbum details
2004U-Turn[2]
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: VIVA
2005By Request[3]
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: VIVA
Singles
YearTitleAlbum
2004"Hurting Inside"U-Turn
"A Million Miles Away"
2005"Baby Come to Me"By Request
"Drive"
"For You"
"I Finally Found Someone"
"I'd Still Say Yes"
"Make It Real"
"Spend My Life with You"
"To Love Again"

Solo albums

YearAlbum detailsCertification
2007I'll Take Care of You
  • Released: December 2007
  • Re-release: September 19, 2008 (Platinum Edition)[4]
  • Label: MCA
2009For You
  • Released: March 29, 2009[5]
  • Label: MCA
2010I'll Be Seeing You
  • Released: October 2010[7]
  • Label: MCA
  • Gold
2012The Crooner's Songbook: The Best of Richard Poon
  • Label: MCA

Christmas Albums

Solo singles

YearTitleAlbum
2007"I'll Take Care of You"I'll Take Care of You
2008"The Last Time"
"Moon River"
"Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko"
2009"Kumot at UnanFor You
"You and I"
"Kahit 'Di Mo Napapansin"

References

  1. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/257045/rp-movie-industry-not-dead-just-comatose
  2. ^ "U-Turn - U-Turn", Titik Pilipino, Retrieved 2010-10-17
  3. ^ "By Request - U-Turn", Titik Pilipino, Retrieved 2010-10-17
  4. ^ "MCA releases Platinum Edition of Richard Poon's debut album", pep.ph, Retrieved 2010-10-17
  5. ^ "Richard Poon releases sophomore album For You", pep.ph, Retrieved 2010-10-17
  6. ^ "For You album reaches Gold by the PARI", pep.ph, Retrieved 2010-10-17
  7. ^ "Richard Poon releases third album", odysseylive.net, Retrieved 2010-11-06

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