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Cover Files: Aida Garifullina Tribute

Good day! This will be my first “tribute artist” recording of the year since I’ve been planned to do it for how many times.. I have recorded two good songs from the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina who provided vocals of “Bell Song” for the recent movie “Florence Jenkins” movie where the legendary actress (a trained operatic singer) Meryl Streep portrayed the title role who is a socialite, a pianist and a singer who tried her luck in singing on key especially singing high notes without being too hard!

Going back to the cover tribute, I’ve listened to two of her songs; “Forte” (written by Walter Afanasieff) and Ptica Belaja (White Bird) (Written by Igor Krutoy) and did a deep internalization on both songs as if I’m singing much like Judy Garland infront of many people while listening and singing it if it’s fully sure on the notes.

This time, I’ll share my audio video cover of those two lovely songs and it’s insights on both songs and why do I love these songs.. 🙂

Click on those links below:

Аида Гарифуллина – Птица Белая / Aida Garifullina – Ptica Belaja (Cover by Vell Baria)

I felt in love singing this Russian song because of it’s melody and the song’s structure. This song reminds me of a lover who has committed to see her love outside her grand mansion where her father is very hesitant and reluctant to her lover who travels from outside world. In the end, she is the white bird that losts her love and has ended up suffering the worst tragedy of her life (based on my understanding of the song’s musical structure).

Vell Baria – Forte (Aida Garifullina cover) (AUDIO)

“Forte” is sung in Italian in which was a must for classical singers like me! I came to sing this song with much conviction after I imagined myself singing with a grand orchestra while listening to Aida’s recording of this great lovely song in which it has much of a “Con te Partiro” kind of moment because of it’s drum beat! However this song talks about unconditional love.

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Cover Files: Motivation of recording a cover version of Samra’s “Miracle”

Upon recording this Azerbaijan’s entry “Miracle” by Samra speaks something in my heart. It is about the miracle after the worst past has affected in my everyday life especially being hurt by someone due to insecurities. Prior to recording my cover version of this song, first and foremost – I listened to the original singer’s version and relate myself into it.

Since the song was about her past lover who broke her heart and wanted to have a fresh start by taking a miracle to start her life anew without any harm.

During my recording process, I have to learn the parts at the same time since I commonly recorded my songs infront of my PC and it’s innovative in my part and I have the right to control what I have to control interms of audio mixing processing.

While recording this song, I put additional harmonious voices to call it an “alarming call” to have a miracle right to the song. In other words, I’ll put heart into it first before vocals. I also added an extra adlib to the final chorus to have it a chant like structure.

Over all, I loved the outcome of the recording and it’s worth the repetition too. Listen to my cover version of Samra’s Miracle here:

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Cover Files: Tamia’s “Loving You Still” featured at a Sampaguita Nation article.

Sampaguita Nation (an inclusive purely Pinoy article) features new and emerging artist to promote their craft in the music as future OPM stars. 

Vell’s cover version of Tamia’s “Loving You Still” was featured in their month-end article with other well known and indie artists including Andrea Brillantes, Ataska Mercado, Alfa and John Cadelina.

(the excerpt of the article were Vell was featured)

First off the list is the Filipina Queen of YouTube covers, Vell Baria with her cover of Tamia’s “Loving You Still”.

Vell’s rendition remains as soulful as ever and it’s definitely a worthy tribute to the original version of the song. It is also worthy to note that Vell is the 2016 INAP nominee for Performing Arts (Adult) and with the quality of her talent, she’s definitely very worthy to win that category for the Philippines!

To read the whole article click here:

Special thanks: Sampaguita Nation Family

Date accessed: July 31, 2016

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Flashback: Birit Queen Dumbfounds

Vell’s notes:

I’ve performed for ASP’s national events since grade school. But this last 2 years since 2014, I rarely performed for the org because for the new and fresh talents with spectrum to have their turn since they believed that I’m quite too professional and overqualified for the org’s needs but they have their admiration towards me inspite of that.


Vell Baria, was born on March 9. English is her first language and only learned to speak Tagalog when she entered first grade. She is now 14 and is a sophomore at St. Mary’s Academy. During her spare time she reads up on star-crossed sweethearts Edward & Bella of the Twilight series and play detective games.

Vell left audiences dumbfounded during her stellar performance at the World Autism Awareness Day’s AutisMusical last April 2, 2009. Vell’s love for music started at the age of 3. She listens to different genres like Dance, R&B, Anime, Pop (JKpop), Canto/Mandopop. An avid OPM fan, she idolizes Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Sarah Geronimo, Nina, Sharon Cuneta, Yeng Constantino, Charice Pempengco and dreams of collaborating with each of them for a duet and album recording in the future. Vell says her most important possessions are her admirers. She believes in working hard to achieve her goals.


Date created: 09 October 2009 (

Date retrieved: 16 June 2016

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The Q and As (Part I)

This came from my soon to be former website with FreeWebs.

  • If you could have dinner with any person, who would it be and why? 
    • (By group) I would love to have a dinner with my friends, family and choir mates.
  • What were you doing at midnight/last night? 
    • Doing self taught and Documentaries
  • If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? 
    • Canada
  • If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? 
    • Changing it’s structure and that’s including the bunker and adding up more rooms for comfort.
  • If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? 
    • My idol Edison Chen
  • If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be? 
    • Queen Marie Antoinette
  • What do you do most when you are bored? 
    • Anything that made me sleepy… especially the movies or videos that put me to sleep.
  • If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be? 
    • Figure skater/Fashion designer
  • If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? 
    • Russia
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl? 
    • Night Owl
  • If you were prime minister/ruler of the world what laws would you make? 
    • Is to make my country more open, decent and disciplined one especially with our way of thinking towards other people should be fixed, also I would like to implement the music program requirement because our country needs to learn music for at least a year for them to sing the national anthem and other patriotic songs for our contry.
  • Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? 
    • Marika Rokk’s role in Hallo Janine
  • What would your dream job be? 
    • Actor and Politician
  • Who’s your favourite Comedian? 
    • Mikey Bustos
  • What’s your favourite board game? 
  • Do you have any lucky items, objects or traditions? 
    • Amulets
  • Whats your favourite flower? 
    • Daisies