|Theatre @ One North seats 5,000 plus.|
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There were no trial runs before his recording, no notes he found too high and no mistakes made in his lyrics. His rendition of the songs he selected was perfectly pitched, clearly defined and peppered with the touch and feel of a professional.
Billy Yap who is 82 this year, sings like Tony Bennett with a voice so smooth ladies swoon when he sings at house parties, wedding dinners and karaoke sessions. To me Billy Yap is Singapore's Tony Bennett.
"I need no big band accompaniment," he says proudly, "Just give me a good pianist who can feel my song. The other alternative is a quality, karaoke backing..."
Billy sings everywhere; in the house, in the car and during our kopi sessions at Thompson Plaza. He tells me he even sings in the bathroom and before he goes to bed. During a group travel overseas, Billy sang using the microphone in the tourist bus. It was a trip heading to Beijing, China. Most of the tourists in the bus loved Chinese pops so when he sang, I left my heart in San Francisco, I thought he would be in deep trouble. Instead the 35 strong group cheered and asked for more.