If you’re a fan of AlDub, you’d know who Bryan White is.
He’s the American country singer who popularized the song God Gave Me You, which is played almost everyday in Eat Bulaga‘s Kalyeserye. It’s the theme song of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza in the popular noontime segment.
After AlDub Nation clamoured for him to come to Manila, Bryan White is now in town for a concert this December 1st at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. He recently sat down with lifestyle and entertainment press at the Marco Polo Ortigas.
Dinna Vasquez was there to cover the event.
It all happened on Twitter. Bryan White had taken a break from the social media platform because it was taking up his time. But when he got a new iPhone, he decided to sign into the mobile app again.
That’s when he saw thousands of notifications on his supposedly dormant Twitter account.
Within a couple of months, his following went from 20,000 to 190,000.
It baffled him.
White knew that Filipinos loved his 1999 song God Gave Me You. He had known that for over five years because Filipino fans would watch his shows in the US. He would also see YouTube videos where people would sing the song or lipsync to it.
But this was different. The tweets all had something in common—a hashtag called #AlDub.
“I was messaging fans, asking tons of questions. And they explained to me that God Gave Me You was kind of a national anthem in the Philippines.”
On the weekend of September 17, after a dinner to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday, White went down to the basement of his Nashville home (where his recording studio is) to record a message for AlDub Nation.
Posted by Bryan White on Friday, September 18, 2015
“I wanted to thank everybody, and there was another part of me that wanted to show that yes, it’s really Bryan White, because there were people asking if it was really me.”
Bryan says he continues to be overwhelmed by the impact of music and what it can do.
“I’m just grateful we’re here and it’s all because of the fans.”
A look at White’s Instagram feed shows pictures of his sons Jackson and Justin doing the “pabebe wave.” We asked if his sons know what the “pabebe wave” is.
“Their attention spans are very short so I’m not sure they know everything but they know that Filipinos like their dad.”
His impression of AlDub?
“They look like a match made in heaven,” said Bryan of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.
(Note: At the time of the interview, White had only met Alden on Eat Bulaga! He had yet to meet Maine.)
He hopes that Alden and Maine would be at his December 1st concert, titled Bryan White God Gave Me You Tour Live at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. For more information, go to www.ticketnet.com.ph.
White’s latest release, Shine, is also available on iTunes and the Bryan White online store.