MANILA - "I love the people, the culture and the love for jazz that I found here!"
These are the three things that American actress and jazz artist Renee Olstead loves about the Philippines the most.
Now on her fifth visit, Olstead is again excited over the chance to perform for local fans and jazz enthusiasts at her upcoming dinner concert this weekend.
"I'm so happy to be back. Every time I come here, my fiancee and I have this conversation about how wonderful it is and upset that we have to leave," she said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Mario Dumaual.
Oldstead, coming off a successful stint in Manila last year, will again share a night with her Filipino fans on March 29 at the Isla Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La, Manila.
She is set to perform a slew of favorites such as "Hit the Road Jack," "Hold Me Now," and "Summertime" to name a few, as well as some from her latest album, "Skylark."
"I'm so excited. We will have a great, intimate set and I will be performing songs that people would love to sing along to," she added.
An award-winning actress, Olstead is also known for her roles in the TV series "Still Standing" and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
The 24-year-old singer, however, admitted that she loves composing jazz music as it allows her to express herself more compared to portraying a role given to her.
"The thing I love about music is that I get to be myself. When I'm acting, I always play someone else but it's also great to tell someone else's story," she said.
Olstead revealed that she particularly enjoys performing with Filipino artists and was looking forward to finally meeting singer-host Nikki Gil, prior to her performance at the recently-concluded MYX Music Awards.
"Performing with Filipino artists have been fantastic. And I think that is what jazz is all about. It is about collaborating with each other," she said.