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Up–and–coming stars, two individual talents with many similarities – one of them being that they both rose to fame via one the most notable platforms, YouTube. Tiffany Alvord has some impressive stats there, 438 million video views and over 2.2 million subscribers and Tanner Patrick has over 64 million views and over 590,000 subscribers. (READ: Tanner Patrick feels the love from PH fans)
Both are singer-songwriters hailing from America, are multi-instrumentalists who started their musical careers at an early age, easy to talk to, under 25 years old, and just really nice folks. Maybe that’ll change when they become rich and famous, but I highly doubt it.
The sound quality at the venue was outstanding and the lighting was more than adequate. There was enough space so everyone was comfortable and could fully appreciate the swanky digs at the venue.
View photos from their Manila show here:
All photos by Stephen Lavoie
Never mind their Internet statistics – what impressed me was their stage presence. Maybe not as polished as you’d see from a seasoned pro, but that was the beauty of it. You could really “feel” their energy as they performed, whether a cover song or an original. I know it sounds corny but it’s true – and that’s not coming from a screaming teenage fan. The crowd really reciprocated, reacting to their performances.
Tiffany shared a touching story, explaining how her grandfather recently lost his life in a battle with cancer. She said that she looked up to her Grandpa, an expert on sharing life lessons, especially on the importance of what we leave behind. Tiffany’s recently released album is called Legacy.
They each played a full set, with Tiffany performing second to close, after front act Fiona warmed up the crowd. Tanner finished the event, calling Tiffany on-stage to present her with a cake for her upcoming birthday.
Tanner called me out on stage & gave me a birthday cake & everyone sang to me… THANK YOU!! — Tiffany Alvord (@TiffanyAlvord) December 1, 2014
A few members of the crowd shouted requests for duet, but no such luck. When I asked her about it after the show, she said someone had also suggested that the day before, but had yet to prepare anything.
And for Tanner, of course the fans had brought gifts, stuffed toy bears where the hot item of the evening. Their impromptu interaction with the toys, was endearing and just plain fun. And don’t forget the ubiquiotous borrowing cell phones from the front row and capturing some priceless images for the lucky few, the crowd loved it!
“Thanks for an incredible night in Manila!!! @tiffanyalvord and I loved seeing your beautiful faces!!” Tanner wrote on Instagram.
“Tonight’s show was AMAZING!!! Philippines, thank you for making this experience unforgettable. I love you guys!! *Tag everyone who came!!!* (that way they know I love them!)” said Tiffany after the concert.
Tanner reminds me a bit of Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional or John Rzeznik, lead vocalist of the Goo Goo Dolls.
In Tiffany, there’s maybe a hint of Lenka, with a Taylor Swift country-pop flavor or an early version of Bjork, when she was with the Sugarcubes.
Whether it was Tanner’s unabashedly energetic stylings on the guitar (his bandmate Jacob regularly advised him to take it easy on the instrument) or Tiffany’s subtle movements, doe-eyed presentation and alluring vocal timbre, it’s obvious they’re talented beyond their years – hence so many fans, online and off. – Rappler.com