Asia’s Song Bird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid has just released a brand-new single entitled “Istorya.” This piano-strewn ballad is Regine’s first with Viva Records after the “R3.0” double-disc release and concert that commemorated the songbird’s 30th anniversary in showbiz.
As one of OPM’s best-selling artists of all time, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is known for the powerful emotional performances that she imbues her songs with. And the Raul Mitra-arranged “Istorya,” is no exception, as Regine—in story-teller mode–convey the tale of a love that was doomed to fail.
Originally recorded by The Juans, and written by band vocalist Carl Guevarra, “Istorya” is a current addition to Regine’s repertoire of covers. Fans would remember that the songbird first sang the song at her 2019 “Iconic” concert. And just recently, Regine performed a jolting version of the song on her recent at-home online birthday special concert for charity.
“Istorya” is a fan-favorite for The Juans and has been streamed several million times on popular streaming platform Spotify. In the hands of Regine, the song has transformed into a gradually rising scorcher that likewise became a fast favorite among Regine’s legion of fans.
Regine has been trying out new covers to add to her own classic hits. On her aforementioned online concert, she also tried out the Unique Salonga track “Sino.” Hopefully “Istorya” will just be the first among many other covers that Regine can do a version of. After all, fans have always put a high regard on Regine Velasquez-Alcasid versions as her albums “Covers Volume 1” and “Renditons” from “R3.0” remain favorites from her catalog.
“Istorya” is on all streaming and digital platforms starting May 1 2020. The official lyric video will likewise be released on YouTube on the same day.