In the process, a new group known as RCS was born. "Just last June, I called for auditions for a new singing group, temporarily called the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, and by July, I had a brand new group - the RCS. Like Smokey Mountain, I envisioned this group to be a showcase of my new songs. But unlike Smokey Mountain, I wanted a more mature group as compared to a teen group," Mr. C said. About 170 aspirants within the required 18-25 age range auditioned but only 37 were qualified for the callback auditions. "From 37, I found about 18 good singers, made them go through more rigorous auditions and found 7 that I could see fit into my dream team," Mr.
C said. The lucky seven turned out to be Anezka Alvarez, Katherine Tiuseco, Kyla Rivera, Irra Cenina, Jaime Barcelon, Poppert Bernadas and Vincent Evangelista. As RCS, they will be personally handled by Mr. C. and get first-hand training of his 35 years of musical experiences. What will their music be? "Their music…is actually my music, literally speaking. All the songs in their debut album are songs I have written: eight of them new, four are remakes.
The tracks are eclectic like me but without any classical bent. They are mostly pop tracks with some mature themes, a couple of pseudo-dance tracks, a couple of R&B inspired tracks tracks, a jazz-swing track, and a surprise track or two. Mr. C sees RCS as more mature sounding compared to 14-K and Smokey Mountain and he believes it to be a powerhouse vocal group. "I believe that this has got to be the most unique and most varied voice group so far. I am excited at how they can go in terms of musical mileage," he added.
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