The Music Man in Ian Veneracion

May 1, 2018

We’ve seen him act and conquer both the big and small screens. Since Ian Veneracion first charmed the Filipino viewers as a child star, he has successfully transitioned from being a matinee idol to becoming a well-respected actor who can give out excellent performances in various projects — whether it is action, drama, or even romantic comedy.


Keying in his name on the search bar would also lead you to his other side: a family man, a painter, a licensed private pilot and scuba diver, and a motocross racer among many others. Just recently, he boarded the Wish 107.5 Bus to showcase another side of him — Ian Veneracion as a music man.


It was not the first time that the 43-year-old multi-hyphenate has used his handsome vocals for music, but it was only this year that he was able to release his debut original single.


Titled “We’re All Alone,” the bluesy track is an ode to solitude that shifts the limelight from his venerated looks and acting abilities to his equally swoon-worthy voice, and guitar-playing and songwriting skills.


However, Veneracion, who lists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton as some of his musical influences, was quick to clarify that the Star Music-released song is “not biographical.”


“I did the music and lyrics, and my friend Iean Inigo arranged it. It’s more of telling and describing a feeling. I don’t know if it has anything to do with midlife crisis, but I’ve wanted to describe the feeling of being alone through the lyrics and the music that comes with it,” he told Wish during his debut Roadshow gig.


Ian Veneracion performs his debut original single, “We’re All Alone,” and a cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” live on the Wish 107.5 Bus during his Roadshow guesting last April 10, 2018.


“Ian in 3 Acts”


The music video of “We’re All Alone,” directed by Mike Alcarazen, artfully expresses the song’s “tone and flavor.” In a separate interview with Philstar, the actor-singer revealed that it was when they were filming the video that the idea of him starring in his concert was born.


On April 21, Veneracion, with Alcarazen as the director, turned the proposal into a reality as he top-billed his own “musical concept show” called “Ian in 3 Acts” at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.


“I’m shy to call it a concert, because I’m not known as a singer. I just wanted to share my musical side to people,” he said, explaining that the show was designed to display his three “acts” — the actor that his fans know, the other side of him that no one (or only a few) is aware of, and the combination of both.


He is set to hold the Manila leg of his musical performance on May 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.


“If the show will turn out well, I am hopeful to do a series of shows and go to the States, Japan, United Arab Emirates and present it to Overseas Filipino Workers,” Veneracion answered when asked about his ultimate wish as of the moment.


While waiting for his next show, you can first indulge in his Wishclusive performance of “We’re All Alone,” which has already earned over 220,000 views and hundreds of positive feedbacks lauding the music man in him:


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