Who is RP?
Certified multi-Platinum recording artist Richard Poon is the Philippines’ “Big-Band” Crooner.
Veering away from the latest pop-music trends, this 100% Chinese singer’s unique style of music and cool, soothing voice has made him stand out in a crowded sea of pop male balladeers.
Richard sings the “Standards” (immortal melodies of the 1930’s-1950’s) popularized by Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Matt Monro, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Engelbert Humperdinck and the like.
But like younger crooners Michael Buble & Harry Connick Jr., Richard’s passion is to bridge the gap between young and old, blurring the generational lines by masterfully re-interpreting well-loved tunes of old and giving it both a younger vibe and a fresh twist.
“No other Chinese singer(in the Philippines) has really gained wide public acceptance since Jose Mari Chan…” – Mario E. Bautista(Freehand)
Many consider RP to be this generation’s Jose Mari Chan.
Gifted with the ability to communicate and connect with a wide variety of audiences, Richard has become one of the most-sought-after performers in weddings, beauty pageants, corporate shows & high-society affairs in the Philippines and in other countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hongkong, Japan, Dubai, Kuwait & Brunei.
RECORD SALES. Despite the dwindling cd sales in the industry and his music genre having minimal radio airplay, his debut album released in 2008 “I’ll Take Care of You” soared to Gold, then Platinum, and now Double-Platinum status.
RP’s follow-up sophomore album “For You” turned Gold and now has also achieved Platinum status.
In 2012, his 3rd album “I’ll Be Seeing You” also reached Gold status, prompting Richard to release his first Christmas album, “Christmas with Richard Poon”.
His 5th album release – “The Crooner’s Songbook” a special CD/DVD set reached Gold Status in 2013.
In 2013, Richard signed with Universal Records and came out with his 1st POP album entitled “Legends” that soared to Gold status within 4 months of its release in the market.
AWARDS. 2008, in his first year as a solo artist, Richard won prestigious back-to-back Awit Awards’ Best New Male Recording Artist and Aliw Awards Best Male Performer in Hotels, Bars and Music Lounges.
In 2009, Richard was awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the 1st Radio Music Awards and bagged the 2009 Best Male Entertainer and Recording Artist by the Dangal Ng Bayan “Who’s Who in the Philippines”.
In 2010, Richard garnered the Aliw Awards Best Male Concert Performer.
TV. Currently, Richard sings regularly every Sunday at Philippines’ no. 1 variety show ASAP18 (ABS-CBN channel 2) with the powerhouse cast of ASAP Sessionistas (Bossa Nova princess Sitti, well-loved pop-folk singer/guitarist Aiza Seguerra, sweet-singing Juris Fernandez (formerly of MYMP), acoustic artists Princess Velasco & Nyoy Volante, and popular rocker Kean Cipriano.
SONGWRITER, ARRANGER, PRODUCER. RP won the 2010 Awit Awards Best Jazz Recording for his original “Momma Said So” which he wrote and produced for British/Filipino phenom Charlie Green. He composes, arranges and produces sound recordings for various artists behind the singer’s spotlight.