Celebrate love with Joey Albert and Dennis Lambert
This month, love is the reason to celebrate indeed.
“Celebrate Love,” a one-night-only concert featuring local pop darling Joey Albert and singer-songwriter-hit producer Dennis Lambert, is the perfect Valentine’s Day date for music lovers.
With love as core emotion in most songs, an evening with these two artists promises to be memorable.
Now based in Canada, Joey Albert is a much-awarded singer with more than 20 albums to her name. Her signature hit, “Tell Me” remains a favorite among many, with songs like the Louie Ocampo and Freddie Santos-written “Memories,” and Jose Mari Chan’s “I Remember the Boy” becoming staple radio hits culled from her albums in the 1980s.
Two songs she co-wrote, “Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin” with Ocampo and “It’s Over Now” also with Ocampo and actress Janice de Belen, are pop gems still worth hearing.
Another enduring song in her repertoire is the duet “Points of View” recorded with Pops Fernandez.
Dennis Lambert, meanwhile, launched his recording career back in the 1960s, and midway through the decade he had already written and produced songs for other artists.
Forging an 11-year partnership with British songwriter-musician Brian Potter, he’s worked with the likes of Seals and Crofts, The Four Tops, Dusty Springfield, The Righteous Brothers, and more.
His own album “Bags & Things” released in 1972, would yield his biggest hit to date–the single “Of All The Things”, a classic that remains a favorite among many. Its opening lyrics, “Of all the things I’ve ever done, finding you will prove to be the most important one,” is a sentiment that sounds as earnest in the most solemn wedding ceremony or from a stage at a concert.
With Potter, he wrote hits like “Baby Come Back” for the band Player, and “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)” for The Four Tops, among others; and on his own, “Nightshift” for the Commodores, “Sara” for Starship, “I Live For Your Love” for the late Natalie Cole, and many more.
It has been reported that, at one point in his career, he had four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously, a feat previously accomplished only by The Beatles.
It has also been written that in 2007, about 35 years after releasing “Bags & Things,” he finally played in the Philippines, where he enjoys a huge fanbase.
He was also the subject of a documentary called “Of All The Things”, which followed the artist on a whirlwind tour for two week–from his town of Boca Raton, through remote islands in the Philippines, to a sold-out show in Manila for fans he didn’t even know he had.
Together as headliners for “Celebrate Love,” Joey and Dennis will conjure magic on stage and make Valentine’s Day this year not just a salute to lovers, but a tribute to music and a homage to one thing that makes the world go ’round.
Sponsored by Philippine Airlines, McDonalds, Tempra, Red Crab Restaurant and Xywhite Toothpaste, “Celebrate Love” happens on February 14, at 8pm at the Theatre in Solaire.
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 815-1953, 0905-270-6823, 0929-345-8528.
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