Sheryn Regis: Standing Tall
She’s diminutive but her voice booms and resounds to every corners of the world. No wonder Sheryn Regis stands tall despite a lot of competitors in the field of music entertainment.
Sheryn Mae Poncardas Regis lived in a quaint town in Cebu called Carcar. She has two other younger siblings, namely, Elton and Joseph.
It was actually her mother, Daisy, who prodded Sheryn to sing. At a very tender age of 2, the little girl is already humming or singing songs. One of the most popular memories of her singing was her first contest piece entitled Dito Ba, originally sang by Ms. Kuh Ledesma. She was barely 5. Since then, she’s a constant runner in amateur singing competitions. Cash prizes were used to purchase cassette tapes of Shirley Bassey. Any of her tracks could be a possible contest piece. Her first taste of victory was when she was eight after singing a very powerful rendition of Saan Ako Nagkamali by Tillie Moreno.
Sheryn also loves to teach and this is very evident even when she was still in high school. She taught children some voice lessons. When she was in college, she enrolled in Cebu Normal University where she finished a bachelor’s degree in education major in English.
It was during her college years that her passion for entertainment started to blossom. She became exposed to chorale singing as well as to theater acting. Her performances brought her to different countries such as the United States and Canada. She also got to work with movie protégés such as Gina Alajar and Leo Martinez. In 1999, she shone the brightest when she won as Best Interpreter for Cebu Pop Music Festival, a local-based songwriting contest. The piece also garnered the Grand Prize recognition.
To help herself with finances, she decided to sing in hotel lounges. It was during one of her performances in Cebu Plaza Hotel that she met her husband, Earl Echiverri. In 2002, they got married, and a doting daughter named Sweetie was born a year after.
Sheryn’s sure ticket to stardom was during Star in a Million, a singing competition in ABS-CBN. Controversy hounded her as she emerged only first-runner up to Erik Santos when she was consistently in top place during elimination rounds and even achieved the Texter’s Choice Award. Accepting her defeat with a heavy heart, she moved back to Cebu.
But you can’t ignore real talent. Soon she found herself signing an ABS-CBN contract and building her first album aptly entitled “Sheryn, Coming In Out of the Rain,” which was then launched in April 2004. Her revival became an instant hit among radio stations that it received platinum status. After one hit came another until she started recording her second album called “Sheryn Regis, What I Do Best.” Sheryn also lends her voice to a number of ABS-CBN TV shows such as Kampanerang Kuba, Gulong ng Palad, and NaGMAmahal, Kapamilya.
To date, Sheryn Regis is busy with her guestings and singing engagements both here and abroad. She also just released her third album entitled “Sheryn Regis, The Modern Jukebox Collection,” where she added her own touch to classic hit songs like I Remember the Boy and Ang Pag-ibig Kong Ito.