Rico Blanco (born March 17, 1973) is a Filipino musician. He is one of the founders of Filipino rock band Rivermaya, where he served as vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and chief songwriter from 1993 to 2007. Blanco has so far recorded, written and produced more local and regional number one hits than any other musician since 1994, and has sold over a million albums in the Philippines and Southeast Asia during that period.
For those who waited a year, Rico Blanco’s new album “Your Universe” is definitely worth it. It’s a defining mark in the 35-year-old musician’s career, and a reminder that he has the freedom to experiment and collaborate with others without compromising sound.
Through the ten tracks of “Your Universe,” we can confirm that Rico’s personal passions are gracefully translated into songs distinctly and undeniably his, even as he collaborates with some of the industry’s best musicians for this album.
He knows how to tickle the fancy of Filipinos by delivering the right amount of romantic prose minus the extra saccharine shot of sap. Perhaps it can be said that he knows the formula of the Filipino’s heart which makes his music work. Definition and identity. This is what sets Rico Blanco apart from most of the local acts. He knows his niche in the industry and makes his mark the way a true blooded artist should: original and a strong definition of one’s identity. –last.fm