MANILA, Philippines – Budding musicians Migz and Maya, Star Music’s newest acoustic duo are now ready to make their own mark in the country’s music scene with the release of their debut, self-titled album released by the label.
“Migz and Maya” received mainstream recognition when they recorded a cover of “Ambon,” a Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016 entry as the official theme song of the Star Cinema movie “How to Be Yours.” But even before this, they already performed in sold-out shows as a duo and had their fair share of fame as up-and-coming artists individually.
Migz or Miguel Haleco, a music production graduate from the College of St. Benilde, became an online sensation for his song covers on YouTube and for joining a TV network talent search. Maya or Angeli Mae Flores, on the other hand, used to be a part of Pan-asian girl group Blush, joined a singing competition on a TV network, and was a grand finalist in “Star for A Night” that saw Sarah Geronimo bagging the top prize.
Now that they have launched their debut album, the pair is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Star Music family.
“It is a dream come true. We are very honored, fortunate, and privileged. We feel a good kind of pressure on our side too, because we need to give it our best shot to impress and prove ourselves to the people who will be supporting and listening to us,” they said.
Their album is a collection of acoustic, easy-listening original songs and covers, including “Ambon,” as well as the carrier single “Hibang,” a song entry from the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs Top 100.
It also carries their own unique and relaxing versions of “Stay,” “One More Chance,” “Suntok sa Buwan,” “Paano Na Kaya,” “Ipagpatawad Mo,” “Paano Ba Magmahal,” and “Lihim,” Migz’s own composition.
Migz, who chose the songs on the album together with Maya, said, “We want people to feel as at ease as the album itself. It is very ‘easy-listening’ and very relatable.”
Maya, meanwhile, said, “It’s a love story that we know a lot of people can relate to. So we hope that we can make them through the rollercoaster of love.
Completing the track list are “Mahal Ko O Mahal Ako,” “Para Lang Sa ‘Yo,” “Ikaw,” “Baby I Do,” “Hanggang,” and “Makita Kang Muli.”
“Migz and Maya” was produced by Jack Rufo, a former member of the band, Neocolors, and the composer of “O Pag-Ibig” from Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016. It can now be streamed on Spotify and is now available at all record bars nationwide for P199.