THE BEST PART NO MORE

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

Ac­tress-singer Amy Mas­tura’s dream of record­ing an­other duet with Tommy Page was crushed fol­low­ing news of his death, write AREF OMAR and TAHIR ALHAMZAH

AC­TRESS-SINGER Amy Mas­tura, who recorded a duet with early 90s United States pop star Tommy Page, was shocked to hear of his death.

“A friend told me of his pass­ing and I was taken aback by the news,” she said.

Page, 46, was found dead last Fri­day at his New York res­i­dence, ap­par­ently of sui­cide.

“I thought he died in an ac­ci­dent or be­cause of ill­ness. It was shock­ing to me,” Amy said.

She had recorded a bal­lad ti­tled, The Best Part, with Page. It was in­cluded in his sixth al­bum,

Lov­ing You, re­leased in 1996. Al­though their individual singing parts were recorded sep­a­rately, they did meet in Phuket, Thai­land, for the film­ing of the mu­sic video. They also went on a short tour to pro­mote the track.

The last time Amy, 45, saw Page was at the Retro­fest Asia 2015 con­cert in Sun­way Lagoon, where they per­formed The Best

Part to­gether on­stage.

“At the time, he looked me up and in­vited me to per­form with him. I was sur­prised and touched by his ges­ture,” Amy said.

She said he had not changed much.

“We chat­ted and laughed, but he never showed any sign of de­pres­sion, and seemed healthy.”

Amy said she kept in touch with Page through emails af­ter the con­cert.

“We talked about col­lab­o­rat­ing again on an­other duet. Noth­ing was ever set, but the op­por­tu­nity

was there and he was open to it. “Now, he’s gone...”

Amy said she would miss the artiste and de­scribed him as: “A nice, gen­tle and car­ing per­son, who was easy to work with.”

Page was a grad­u­ate of New York Univer­sity Stern School of Busi­ness and started his mu­sic ca­reer as an artiste at Sire Records, top­ping the Bill­board

Hot 100 chart with I’ll Be Your

Ev­ery­thing.

Later, he be­came a record com­pany ex­ec­u­tive, where he helped shape the ca­reers of artistes such as Michael Bublé, Ala­nis Moris­sette, Josh Groban and Green Day.

Page also worked as a Bill­board mag­a­zine pub­lisher, a vice-pres­i­dent at Pan­dora and an ex­ec­u­tive at The Vil­lage Voice.

At the time of his death, he was vice-pres­i­dent of mu­sic part­ner­ships at The Vil­lage Voice.

Page is sur­vived by his part­ner, Char­lie, and their three chil­dren.

Amy Mas­tura (left) and Tommy Page singing their duet, ‘The Best Part’, at the Retro­fest Asia 2015 in Sun­way Lagoon.

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