MANILA – Canadian composer and record producer David Foster, who mentored Charice for a time, said he is open to collaborating once again with the Filipino singing sensation.

“Charice is a phenomenal singer and — you know what? — the more I look around this world and see other singers, [the more I realize] she’s irreplaceable,” Foster told Manila Bulletin in a recent interview. “I haven’t met anyone that good, and I really mean, ‘Whew!'”


The singer debuted on American television via “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in December 2007.

She was later featured in the “World’s Smartest Kids” special of Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous talk show in May of the following year. She was last seen on the program in 2010 when she performed her international single, “Pyramid,” with rapper Iyaz.

Charice, who finished runner-up in ABS-CBN’s “Little Big Star” in 2005, has credited Winfrey for her international music career. Impressed by Charice’s talent, the billionaire producer contacted Foster to help the singer get a big break in the United States.

She has since gone on tour with Foster, released albums internationally, nabbed a guest role in the TV musical “Glee,” and appeared in the comedy movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squekquel,” among others.

In June 2013, Charice made international headlines when she confirmed on “The Buzz” that she is lesbian, ending months of speculation. Since then, her change of image also reflected in her preferred music style.

According to Foster, however, he has started communicating again with Charice through e-mail, “talking about maybe getting together again.”

Among their past collaborations were the soaring ballads “Note to God” and “In This Song,” both part of Charice’s eponymous album that was released worldwide.

“We did not have enough chance to develop her as an artist [before]. It’s well-documented that she’s had personal issues that sort of slowed down her progress as entertainer,” he said.

“But there’s lots more you’re going to hear from Charice, and maybe I’ll get the opportunity to be that guy to get the best vocal out of her!”

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