The CompanY Showcases Their Versatility in New Album ‘Gitna’
The group’s 29th studio album is an exploration of music in various genres—from pop, to jazz, to electronica, and more
As one of the most long-lasting and enduring musical groups in the country, The CompanY is no stranger to versatility when it comes to musical genres. Whether it’s pop, jazz, electronica, acoustic folk, or a cappella, they have done it all.
And with their 29th studio album, Gitna (their first under ABS-CBN’s Star Music), the vocal group continues to showcase how truly multifaceted they are as musicians, singers, and performers.
The CompanY’s members—Moy Ortiz, Annie Quintos, Sweet Plantado, and OJ Mariano—delve into the length and breadth of vocal harmony in modern music styles, with compositions by renowned lyricists, including National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Rey Valera, and Nica Del Rosario.
The album’s centerpiece song, also called “Gitna,” references the group’s core and centeredness amidst the changing tides and disruptions in music and contemporary living.
In choosing the song as the album’s key track, Sweet said: “We chose a lot of songs from Star Music’s catalogue but we decided to zoom in on this because it’s not the usual love story and the way it combines the lyrics and melody is different. Moy also had this idea to make it a duet so when he gave it to me and OJ, it brought a different color to the song.”
The song is accompanied by a theatrical and cinematic music video (aside from being members of The CompanY, Sweet and OJ are also theatre artists) which premiered on March 25 at 8 p.m. on Star Music’s YouTube channel. A mini documentary on the making of the album has also been released on YouTube.
Formed in July 1985 by the alumni of the Ateneo College Glee Club, The CompanY initially performed as back-up vocalists for the pop stars of the ‘80s before becoming professional recording artists.
Now dubbed as Asia’s premiere vocal harmony act, it is the most awarded vocal recording group in the Philippines, sharing the stage with the likes of The Manhattan Transfer, Jim Brickman, Michael Bublé, Noel Pointer, John Ford Coley, and many more.
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