The album boasts of recordings of Christian done outside the country and his collaborations with music producers and artists from the United States, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia.
The first single All That’s Left presents Christian’s new, bolder sound, and further proves that he is more than just a balladeer.
While taping for The Kitchen Musical, Christian never ceased to get in touch with some of the region’s movers in the music industry until he met Tat Tong, composer of Outbound’s first single. Tat is the composer of the anthemic All That’s Left.
Producer, arranger, songwriter Tat Tong is responsible for more than 20 Top 10 and five #1-charting hits in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and mainland China.
His songwriting, arranging and mixing work has gone platinum and won accolades from artists and critics, including the Top 20 Songs of 2011 and the Top 10 Albums of April 2011 in the Global Chinese Music Awards. In addition, best-selling Hong Kong artist Hins Cheung [Universal Music Hong Kong] has described Tat’s production work as “nuanced and layered – the production quality is unparalleled by other contemporary productions in the market”.
Tat Tong is presently involved in mixing an official album for NBC’s top-rating reality a cappella competition The Sing-Off, which will be released under Sony Music’s Epic Records in the U.S.
Outbound also features Tat’s three masterpieces- original songs like Unphotographable, What Can I Do and his masterful work on Christian’s cover of George Michael’s Faith, which is special for Christian because it is his first big solo in The Kitchen Musical.
Christian and other collaborations
Aside from Christian’s collaborations with Tat, Outbound gathers his noteworthy works with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum instrumentalist Jim Brickman (Never Far Away), the K-Pop R&B trio One Way (Wrong Number), Indonesian songwriter Satrio for the hit I’m Already King, the theme of Christian’s Indonesian movie A Special Symphony, and with Avex Japan’s amazing Baby M for the lovely duet Sakura.
Christian and Avex Trax artist Baby M
Baby M is a signed artist of Japan’s biggest independent recording company Avex Trax, home of J-Pop superstars like Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, Koda Kumi to name a few.
Their duet will be released in countries like Japan, South Africa, further establishing Christian’s stature as an international recording artist.
Christian and BlackBerry
Christian was pleased to showcase the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ in the All That’s Left music video, which paired Christian with the Queen of CosPlay Alodia Gosiengfiao.
Christian is an avid BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) user, most especially when he worked for four months in Singapore for The Kitchen Musical. So it was a natural choice for him to use BlackBerry devices for the All That’s Left music video featuring Queen of CosPlay Alodia Gosiengfiao. BBM, the instant messaging application for BlackBerry smartphone customers, allows users to exchange messages, photos, videos, and voice notes with their BBM contacts no matter where they are in the world. It works in real time, enabling people to share their experiences instantly with individuals or groups of contacts – it even provides confirmation when messages have been delivered and read.
Christian knows that for Filipinos living abroad, BBM is a cost-efficient and fun way to share life’s experiences with loved ones around the globe.
Christian and The Kitchen Musical
Christian can still be seen in the first Pan-Asian musical TV series The Kitchen Musical, which airs over at AXN (New episodes every Monday, 9:05pm) and Studio 23 (New episodes every Saturday, 7:30pm). In the series, he plays Chef Daniel, a confident sous chef in love with best friend and co-worker Chef Maddie (Karylle).
Christian is being supported by Belo, Swatch, Blackwater and Gold’s Gym.
Outbound is now available at all record bars nationwide.
1. All That’s Left
3. Faith from “The Kitchen Musical”
4. I’m Already King from “A Special Symphony”
5. What Can I Do
6. Never Far Away with Grammy nominated recording artist Jim Brickman
7. Wrong Number with K-Pop R&B Trio One Way
8. Sakura with Avex Japan artist Baby M