Her first taste of mainstream radio came when her single Till My Heartaches End got its round of airplay. She would soon follow it up with If The Feeling Is Gone and Goodbye's Not Forever which also garnered enough attention for her soulful and well-disciplined vocal rendition.
What set her apart from other local divas of her time was her unique vocal dexterity that encompassed limitations in recording and live performance. Her vocal strength was consistent whether she was singing live or being heard on the radio. This asset gave her several opportunities to render Metro Pop song entries for a number of consecutive years. Her early '90s singing career also afforded her the chance to do a duet with the late Filipino balladeer Rodel Naval via the track Just You and Me. She even got the chance to perform live before the African leader Nelson Mandela in 2007.
Perhaps the ultimate feather to her cap was her waxing a US album entitled So In Love and having it churn the Billboard Hot 100 hit of the same title in 1997. She closely followed it up with the Gospel tune I Believe.
She would soon be given the chance to put an end to her local music career absence with Soulful which generated the hit remake Now That You're Gone (a Sharon Cuneta song) in 2005.
It remains a mystery as to why her reappearance with the most recent album did not produce a follow up studio album, but music politics aside, Ella May Saison is an OPM jewel whose voice was relevant when most local female singers sounded alike.
By Karl Ace
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