Jesuit Music Ministry’s (JMM) newest album, “Acoustic Prayers” delighted audiences at its official launch last February 14, Thursday night at the UP Town Center Activity Area.
After its charming introduction last February 8 at the College Chapel, Gonzaga Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, “Acoustic Prayers” ventured farther down Katipunan Avenue to warm the hearts of couples and mallgoers celebrating Valentine’s Day.
Before raising the curtain on the evening’s mini-concert, award-winning singer-songwriter, Toto Sorioso invited spectators to stop and savor the heartrending and soulful music he had prepared for all to hear.
“Here’s a casual set of covers and songs from the album that hopefully you’ll enjoy on your date. The person you’re celebrating here with is a great blessing from God.”
Following his concert-opening numbers “God Gave Me You” and “Araw-Gabi”, Sorioso splendidly delivered featured tracks from “Acoustic Prayers”: Fr.Arnel Aquino SJ’s “Hesus ng Aking Buhay”, “Walang Pagmamaliw”, Fr.Manoling Francisco SJ’S “Gabing Kulimlim” and “Laging Nandyan”.
Audiences were then thrilled as they eagerly listened to Sorioso’s stirring renditions of Noel Cabangon’s “Kanlungan”, Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” and the Ed Sheeran hit, “Perfect”.
After performing his catchy, friendship-themed original song “’Mare”, Sorioso once again shared the stage with sensational UP College of Music vocalist Yvette Parcon in a harmonious duet of Noel Miranda’s “Pananatili”.
Sorioso continued to captivate the crowd with the Bukas Palad original “Walang Pagmamaliw” , and serenaded couples in attendance with Jazon Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and the Rey Valera classic “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko”.
To cap off the memorable evening, Sorioso sang another original with “Tayo-tayo Lang”, to which the audience merrily clapped and sang-along to.
Beginning with “Pananatili” featuring soprano Lara Maigue, singles from “Acoustic Prayers” started their release on February 14 on digital music platforms and can be streamed via the following links:
JesCom Spotify Account:
Toto Sorioso’s Spotify Account:
CD’s of “Acoustic Prayers” are available at Tanging Yaman stores at Sonolux Bldg. and 5F Atrium, SM Megamall.