International singer Debbie Boone will do a concert in honor of Karen Carpenter at the Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City on March 10 of this year. Boone’s concert, dubbed “Debby Boone Sings Karen Carpenter,” will be a three-city series marking her local debut and will start off at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on March 8 and at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City on March 11.
Boone is an acclaimed American singer, author and actress whose solo career blossomed in 1977 with the release of her solo album, “You Light Up My Life,” It was the biggest hit in the late 1970s, remaining number 1 for 10 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It was the longest in the history of Hot 100 at the time.
In 2008, the song made it to number 7 on Billboard, among songs charted from the 50-year Hot 100 history. The song also earned Boone “Best New Artist” at the Grammy Award and “Favorite Pop Single of 1977” at the American Music Award.
In this three-city concert series, Boone will extol the legacy and achievements of the late Karen Carpenter whose career started off in the popular singing siblings team, “The Carpenters.” Together with Karen’s brother, Richard, The Carpenters became a top hit in the US and worldwide with their successful soft rock music.
Some of the Karen Carpenter songs that became a sensational hit—and which Debbie Boone is expected to sing—are Top of the World, Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, Hurting Each Other, Superstar, I’ll Say Good Bye to Love, and I Need to be In Love, to name a few.
This concert is said to be the ultimate Karen Carpenter tribute, past tributes by other artists being less than impressive, say some observers. The Debbie Boone voice quality is said to give more justice to Karen’s voice quality that captivated millions around the world. Boone’s achievements were not awarded by world renowned musical organizations for nothing.
Aside from the aforementioned, she also got some Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performing Female and also Record of the Year. “You Light Up My Life” got platinums for its single and album forms.
Debby Boone’s career traces back during the height of her father’s career in the 1950s. At 14, Debby and her sisters started performing with their father, Pat Boone. They became popular as the Pat Boone Family, and later, The Boones.
The three-city concert is produced by Ovation Productions.