Apr 18
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Howie D. for Sarah CD launch

Author: Manila Standard Today
Column: Life & Entertainment

Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys was in Manila recently to join Sarah Geronimo in promoting “I’ll Be There,” the first single from her latest album Just Me which was produced by Christian de Walden of Hollywood.

Howie recorded a duet with the local Pop Princess for the CD. The song, a new original, is titled “I’ll Be There.” It is a composition by Al Taweel and Pamela Philips-Oland, the same team that did one of the most successful duets in pop music history, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams.

Sarah was very excited about Howie’s visit. “I feel so honored that he agreed to come here for the launch of my CD,” says Sarah. “Sikat na sikat kasi sya. He is one of the Backstreet Boys. I used to just listen to them or watch them but now ay ka-duet ko na sya.”

Sarah and Howie are scheduled to shoot the music video of “I’ll Be There.” He joined Sarah in Asap 08. This was followed by a performance at the Music Hall of Mall of Asia where they greeted fans and signed autographs. Howie also appeared in MYX with Sarah as the music channel’s celebrity VJs for October.

Howie D reached worldwide fame as a member of the BSB along with AJ Mclean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter. They have sold 75 million records worldwide and won multiple awards from Billboard, MTV VMA, American Music and People’s Choice Awards, while also consistently selling out concert venues all over the world.

He is the youngest in a family of five who started performing as a kid in Orlando, Florida. He was 19 years old when he auditioned for a musical group that became the Backstreet Boys.

Howie is best known for his falsetto singing which is easily recognizable in hits like “I Want It That Way,” “Drowning,” “The Answer to Our Life,” “The Perfect Fan” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” He is the lead singer in the songs “Spanish Eyes,” “What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful,” and “How Did I Fall in Love with You.”

Howie is also an actor who has appeared in commercials, TV series, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Roswell, and feature films like Parenthood, Cop and a Half and others. He also served as music supervisor in one of the latter, the acclaimed independent film Constellation. He has also lent his voice to animated shows like Arthur and Dora the Explorer.

While writing and producing Backstreet Boys projects, Dorough manages other artists. Along with his sister Pollyanna whose debut effort is the Christian crossover album Wings of Hope, his clients include George Nozuka, a Canadian artist with the CD Believe and American Idol Juniors finalist Katelyn Tarver.

Howie has also teamed with his brother John in Sweet D Inc., a real estate development venture whose properties, from six condominiums to their first hotel, the Country Inn & Suites in Cape Canaveral, focus on waterfront property along the east coast of Florida.

He serves as a board member of the Grammy Association’s Florida chapter, where he devotes much time and energy to the Dorough Lupus Foundation, created in memory of his sister Caroline who died of the disease in 1998.

Meanwhile, the release of Just Me is another feather in the cap of popular singing champion, Sarah Geronimo. The CD comes on the heels of the success of the movie A Very Special Love starring Sarah and John Lloyd Cruz, which is one of the year’s biggest box-office hits.

Source: Manila Standard Today