“Tawag ng Tanghalan” season four grand finalist Makki Lucino has revealed that she regards her cover version of the ballad “She Used to Be Mine,” originally sung by Sara Bareilles for the musical “Waitress,” as a song that speaks about the journey of her sister.
“‘Yung ‘She Used to Be Mine,’ past po siya ng ate ko. Single mother ang ate ko, eh. ‘Yung nasa lyrics, each word ay talagang napagdaanan niya iyon. Saksing buhay ako na nakita ko ‘yung pinagdaanan niya,” Lucino said during the online conference for the launch of her single last Thursday, June 24.
(The song “She Used To Be Mine,” it’s about my sister’s past. She’s a single mother. What’s in the lyrics, each word is what she went through. I am a living witness to what she went through.)
“Sabi ko, siya ito, eh. Nakanta ko siya na parang I just want to represent my ate, especially ‘yung mga single mothers,” she said.
(I said, this is her. I was able to sing it [because] I want to represent my sister, especially single mothers.)
Lucino sang the song in the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” segment of “It’s Showtime” before she was able to enter the Top 6. The feedback was good as it touched so many viewers, which was why her management and Star Music decided to make it her first single.
Dubbed as the Queer of Soul, Lucino explained how apt the title is for her, saying it was thought of by her management and Star Music.
“The word queer, ako po iyon (that’s me). I’m a queer and… soul is my style of singing,” she said.
For Lucino, titles do matter and he is happy to have one.
“Siyempre po, isa rin ako sa singer na nangangarap like mga idols ko, Songbird, Regine Velasquez, Queen of Soul, Jaya. Parang kapag nabigyan din ako ng ganoon ay parang dream come true,” she said.
(Of course, I am one of many singers who dream, like my idols, Songbird Regine Velasquez, Queen of Soul Jaya. It’s like being given a title is a dream come true.)
Meanwhile, after her journey in “Tawag ng Tanghalan,” Lucino has also ventured into livestreaming on Kumu via “Queer of Soul” on the SeenZone channel (@seenzonechannel). She has guestings as well on FYE Channel and MYX. JB