It was done as an expression of his humanity and love. It was his long-time dream that he made happen.
For the first time, my cousin, Alfonso Ramirez, took center stage. Baring his heart and soul to an audience of one hundred and fifty in a jam-packed Congo Grille in El Pueblo, Alfonso sang his heart out through his favorite love songs through the years.
Welcome to the Soul Truth.
Soul Truth is a by-product/project of his LEAP 51 Leadership Program training, where you make your biggest dreams happen – no stops, no worries, just through passion and love for what you do.
In leiu of our weekly family gathering, the Ramirez family all trooped to see Ponso, as he is so fondly called to Congo Grille to watch, listen and cheer, along with his friends, officemates and family.
The show started promptly at 8pm, with some us in the middle of our dinners. Friends from LEAP program hosted the show and gave the opening remarks with their quips and teasers about the main performer.
Then it was time for the main event. Alfonso serenaded us with his favorite love songs from generations ahead such as “Be My Lady” (dedicated to his girlfriend Diana) by Martin Nievera, “One Hundred Ways” by James Ingram, and “Knocks Me Off My Feet” by Stevie Wonder.
For his second set, Alfonso now has a live band to accompany him, and he sang more contemporary favorites like “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz and “You’re Body is A Wonderland” by John Mayer. He also had a special song number with his Globe choirmate (who’s name escapes me).
The highlight of the evening was when he capped off the night with a song he sang with his two brothers, Miguel and Gabriel. Ponso is the middle child, with Miguel being the eldest and Gabriel being the youngest. They sang Nsync’s This I Promise You dedicated to their mom, Mina, who was been busy flitting around the venue, collecting tickets and talking to guests.
We all enjoyed our night of music. I maybe biased but Ponso has a smooth, clear voice that is just so nice to listen to, especially in an acoustic format. The audiences love it, and even my parents sang along to their favorites, which coincidentally he sang.
To see him live during his gig, see the videos I took during the event:
It was one courage act and wonderful experience for a first timer. I could definitely feel the passion and love Alfonso has to his craft, and the love and support of the people around him.
I hope we get to see and hear more from him!