Pussycat Nicole turns balladeer

Nicole Scherzinger and Troy Laureta

People know her as one of the show girls of Pussycat Dolls.

Nicole Scherzinger now croons, ‘’But, they don't know in my heart how I love to sing big ballads. It's in our blood, right? We love big songs.’’

The Filipino-American singer-TV personality realized her dream of singing a Tagalog song when she recorded OPM ballad “Pangako” for “Kaibigan: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective Vol. 1.”

Nicole says she’s honored to be assigned a special song, a classic.

‘’It's got a lot of heart and a lot of passion,” she shared.

TROY SAID he believed Nicole had the “heart, spirit, and voice” to bring the song to life.

“’Pangako’ is so emotional and it needed someone who could emote that and really give it not just the notes, but the little things in the voice, the emotional parts of it, he added.

“Pangako” was composed and originally sung by Ogie Alcasid. It was later recorded by Regine Velasquez.

PANGAKO was recorded in LA during the pandemic.

“We were in Troy’s bedroom, I was on a bed, singing the song.

Troy has this unbelievable, beautiful, huge, setup—he’s got like the biggest speakers, the biggest screen, and all this technology and there was me, on the bed singing,”

The Fil-Am musical director said of the collab:

“It’s more than just good music.

It’s about representation, spreading awareness about our culture.’’

The album also features Ailee’s “Kahit Isang Saglit,” Matt Bloyd’s “Bakit Pa Ba,” Pia Toscano’s “Kailangan Kita,” Jake Zyrus’ “Usahay,” Sheléa’s “Patuloy Ang Pangarap,” and Regine’s “Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan.”

Keep streaming "KAIBIGAN: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective Vol. 1," out now on digital music streaming platforms worldwide.