A sit down with Bossa Nova Queen Sitti, is in a word, as relaxing as her well-loved samba-cum-jazz ditties. Credited for bringing the Brazilian sound fusion into mainstream Philippine music, she remains unaffected by her celebrity status, even when she continues to flourish in her career.
A mainstay in ABS-CBN’s Sunday noontime show ASAP as part of the “ASAP Sessionistas,” the last year has especially seen Sitti blossom even more in her looks, music, and overall bearing both on television and the concert scene.
The Manila Times’ sit down with the Bossa Nova Queen this week delightfully discovered the reasons behind these positive changes in Sitti, which she generously shared and celebrated, as she should.
Ever at her slimmest, the statuesque beauty revealed that she had gone from 125 pounds to 116 pounds in the last quarter of 2013 through lots of “hard work.”
“I consciously wanted to lose weight and look more fit and healthy in preparation for my new album [which she launched last night through a concert at the Music Museum],” Sitti explained. “I started eating healthy and spending lots of time in the gym, which not only made me feel great, but also helped me sing better.”
It turns out that her super flat tummy allows to her sing with more ease, as compared to the time when she didn’t choose the kinds of food she ate.
“Dati talaga feeling ko punong puno yung tiyan ko pag kumakanta ako!” she laughed. “Ang hilig ko pa namang kumain before a show.”
Sitti added, however, that her weight loss is not the only factor that has helped her in performances, but also the results of the song writing camp she joined sometime in October 2013.
“I wrote songs before but I never really got to pursue it, and I was never confident with that aspect of my artistry. Once and for all, sabi ko kay Princess Velasco [a co-ASAP Sessionista], sumali na kami sa song writing camp because I really want song writing to be my focus this year.”
Taken away from the studios and her usual routine, she unleashed music and lyrics that had long been waiting to be heard from inside her, under the guidance of such names as Ryan Cayabyab, Ogie Alcasid and Rey Valera.
“The camp really fostered that spirit within me to create, and towards the end of camp in mid-November, our batch came out with a fund-raising album for Yolanda’s survivors, Mga Awit ng Paghilom [under indie label Radio Republic], and together with my group mates, we composed a song titled ‘Hay Nabubuhay.’ The song carries the message that we should never lose hope despite life’s challenges.”
Sitti carried on sharing her wave of good news by voluntarily admitting that she is in love.
“Because I finally found love again after a long time last August, that love cements everything and ties everything together. I now sing songs with more meaning, which is very timely since my current album is titled Bossa Love, and a collection of love song covers.”
She is inspired—and glowing—in every way and yes, unlike other celebrities, she is willing to talk about it.
“I’d rather not reveal his name because he isn’t from the business but I really do find that natutulungan ako with this new relationship as I go on as a singer and as a person. I sing my songs and dedicate them to him, and become better in what I do, diba?”
Sitti’s newest album Bossa Love is now available in record stores nationwide. She has an upcoming series of shows at Pagcor Casino branches on the following dates: February 7 (Mimosa Satellite); February 20 (Casino Filipino Pavilion), February 27 (Casino Filipino Olongapo), and February 28 (Casino Filipino Parañaque).For inquiries, call Backroom Inc. at 4351108, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.facebook.com/backroominc and www.twitter.com/BackroomArtists.