Friday, February 8, 2013

David Pomeranz and John Ford Coley's Concert in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

World-famous American singers David Pomeranz and John Ford Coley performed in a capacity crowd at the Lim Ket Kai Atrium in Cagayan de Oro City on the evening of February 8, 2013. It is the first time ever that two world-class singers jointly held a concert in the city.                                 
David Pomeranz of Long Island, New York is a singer, composer and lyricist. As an artist he has set a record of 22 platinum and 18 gold albums. His CD “Born for You” is a best-selling album in the Philippines.
John Ford Coley of Dallas, Texas has sung pop and soft rocks, folk and country music in A&M, Atlantic and other US recording companies. John Ford Coley is one of the duos of the “England Dan and John Ford Coley” fame. England Dan whose real name is Dan Seals was the younger brother of Jim Seals of another famous American singing group “Croft and Seals”.  The duo of John and Dan disbanded sometime in 1990 and since then they both launched their own solo career. Dan died in 2009. The Duo of John Ford Coley and Dan Seals received a triple-platinum and a gold record in 8 released albums.

Although John Ford Coley and David Pomeranz performed separately in the concert, there were instances that they were on the stage together. John was informally clad in faded denim jeans, a blue shirt and a baseball cap. David on the other hand was formally attired. Both displayed not only their talent in singing but also of entertaining their fans by cracking jokes during songs interval that delighted the fans even more. 

 John and David entertained their fans with songs that transcend generations. David sang “If You Walked Away”, “King and Queen of Hearts”, “Trying to Get the Feeling Again” and other favorites. John sang “It’s Sad to Belong”, “Broken Hearted Me”, “Soldier in the Rain” and other original hits. He also sang songs popularized and originally recorded by other artists such as the Cascades, the Hollies and the Beatles. John started his performance with the “Rhythm of the Rain” of the Cascades.  Aside from singing, the two also accompanied themselves with instruments. John and David both played a guitar and a keyboard. A local band with a female vocalist assisted the two singers with other instruments in the course of the concert.

 It was the eve of David’s birthday on the next day, February 9, 2013. Relative to it, a group of children went into the stage to present him a birthday cake. Such gesture was a show of appreciation to one of the Filipinos’ favorite international singers. It made the concert not only enjoyable but also memorable to both David, John and the fans. 

 The night concert concluded with good performance from David Pomeranz and John Ford Coley that satisfied their fans who gave both artists rounds of applause for every song that they rendered.