Filipino singer Quest lends voice with other artists in online music series

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) – Filipino singer and songwriter Jose Villanueva III, more popularly known as Quest, is among the artists across the globe who performed in the online music series "Music Matters Live From Home" on Wednesday night.

In an interview with CNN Philippines’ Rico Hizon on Thursday, Quest said his experience joining other international performers felt surreal even if it is only a virtual concert.

“It’s surreal," shared the rapper who shot to fame with hits like "Walang Hanggan" and "Sige Lang." "It’s a good opportunity for me to expand our reach as musicians and I got to know a lot of great artists from different regions.”

Quest and other artists in the series performed “Summer Paradise,” with the song’s original singer Sébastien Lefebvre, guitarist of Canadian rock band Simple Plan.

Lefebvre said the song was prefect for the collaboration given the home setting of the online music series.

“Because it’s kind of acoustic song, it is a perfect song to do at a very minimal at-home setup for everyone," the Canada-based Lefebvre explained. "It seems to be the song that people know so it was a good idea to collaborate on it.”

Singaporean singer iNCH, who is part of the remake of “Summer Paradise” with Quest, said the collaboration helped artists from around the world connect with each other.

“It’s amazing that we’re all connected by music, as a testimony of how universal music is," she noted. "It’s just wonderful that technology is allowing us to connect.”

Singaporean singer Sandra Riley Tang, Myanmar’s Lil J, Indonesia’s Teddy Adhitya, and Australia’s Sheppard round up the list of artists for “Summer Paradise.”

Music Matters Live From Home founder Jasper Donat said the project provides a platform for international singers to promote their music, in spite of the movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have provided a platform for these artists to be discovered while they still can’t go out,” said Donat.

He added that the series will also raise funds for musicians who are struggling financially in light of the ongoing crisis.

The Music Matters Live From Home airs every Wednesday in its Facebook page.