Friday, May 19, 2017

What a difference a decade makes

Davey Langit and his team with Kapamilya execs Roxy Liquigan and Jonathan Manalo at Davey's contract signing.
A lot can happen in ten years. A person can experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in that time. No one knows how true that is more than newly-minted Star Music artist Davey Langit.

Yesterday, Davey came full circle when he signed to Star Music a decade after his stint on the ABS-CBN singing competition Pinoy Dream Academy. But getting there really wasn’t easy for the singer-songwriter from Baguio City. It took him a lot of blood, sweat and tears before he was finally ready—emotionally, mentally, musically, physically and even spiritually—to sign that contract.

My mother and I saw firsthand how rocky his journey became after he placed tenth on the show that launched Yeng Constantino’s career. It didn’t give Davey's the boost that he hoped it would, so he fell into a deep depression. At one point, Davey had no job, no money and no place to stay, so he ended up crashing at our house for one night. The following day, he returned to Baguio City and the loving arms of his grandparents, where Davey spent some time thinking about everything that happened to him, and what his next move would be.

He ended up moving to Calamba, Laguna, where he took up Mass Communication at the University of Perpetual Help. He also lined up gigs in bars and clubs. My mother and I helped him by watching as many of those as we could. We never stopped believing in him, not even when we were literally the only ones at his gigs. We had an unshakeable belief that someday he would get the recognition he deserved. There were times when Davey thought about quitting the business altogether, but we encouraged him to keep writing songs.

Watch this video of Davey singing an original song called “Pwede Bang Ako Na Lang” at Conspiracy in 2008 and tell me our belief in him was misplaced:


When Davey’s “The Selfie Song” became a hit four years ago, we were so thrilled. We cheered him on when he entered his compositions “No Girlfriend Since Break” and “Paratingin Mo Na Siya” in the 2014 and 2015 Philippine Popular Music Festival, respectively. We were among the first to listen to both songs, and we believed they were strong enough to bring Davey that much closer to stardom. Sure enough, the former ended up in the top twelve and the latter bagged second place. 

When he won the top prize in last year’s Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs songwriting competition with “Dalawang Letra,” my mother and I were beside ourselves with joy. After all those years Davey spent struggling to get his music heard, his time had come at last.

Ten years ago, Davey was lost and flailing after an ill-fated reality show stint. But now he’s back and better than ever. He’s an amazing singer, but I think his real strength is his songwriting—his ability to combine well-crafted lyrics and irresistible melodies. Thank you, Star Music, for taking a chance on our guy!


When Davey had a hard time getting people to watch his gigs, my mother and I were there for him.
Congratulations, Davey. What a difference a decade makes, indeed.

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