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Julia Fordham returns to PHL this month

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SINGER Julia Fordham performs during The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Nov. 17, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

BRITISH singer-songwriter, Julia Fordham, best known for her songs “Love Moves in Mysterious Ways” and “Porcelain,” among others, is performing in Manila on June 22 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.

The concert, titled Reminiscing Concert Series: Happy Ever After, will see Ms. Fordham sing the songs which have became landmarks of her 30-year music career.

Ms. Fordham and Filipinos have had an ongoing love affair since she first performed in the country in 1994 — she has returned to perform multiple times since.

Ms. Fordham released her self-titled debut album in 1988, which reached a modest No. 20 on the UK charts while the single, “Happy Ever After,” peaked at 27 in the country’s Top 40. Both the album and the single took the top spots in Japan’s charts.

She found continued success in Japan as her succeeding albums, Porcelain (1989) and Swept (1991) also went to the top of its charts.

In 2007, she released a compilation album called Songbook — a Philippines-only release featuring previous studio recordings as well as live cuts and rare tracks.




After finishing a 15-show tour in her home country in 2013, Ms. Fordham released a tribute video for Nelson Mandela who died in the same year. The video was set to “Happy Ever After,” a song that was said to have been inspired by Mandela’s struggle through the apartheid years, his imprisonment, and presidential years.

The following year, she released her Language of Love album, a collection of cover songs given her sultry, jazzy treatment. The songs include “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Blondie’s “Call Me,” Eurythmics’ “Who’s That Girl,” and Janis Ian’s “Seventeen.”

This month, Ms. Fordham is performing in Manila for a one-night show at Newport Performing Arts Theater on June 22, 8 p.m., with guests Colin Ryan and NeoColours.

Tickets — which range in price from P3,227 to P9,143 — are available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office (908-8888) and at TicketWorld (ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999). — ZBC

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