The Warrior Is a Child–Original Singer and Songwriter

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I often hear the song The Warrior Is a Child being sung by Gary Valenciano on the radio or on YouTube. I used to believe that he is the original singer and composer of that song. Until I found out that a woman during her 20s actually wrote and sang the original version.

Twila Paris, born December 28, 1958, is an inspirational music singer, songwriter, author and pianist. She wrote The Warrior Is a Child when she was 22 years old, at a time when she was “being counseled by one of the elders in her home church about the stresses of her growing fame in the Christian music industry” and she placed it under the “subject matter of the frailty of the inner spirit”. It was released in 1984 and, in my opinion, it is quite better than Gary V’s version.

Just listen to Twila Paris sing The Warrior Is a Child here:

The Warrior is a Child – Twila Paris (Orig. 1984 Version)

Compare that to Gary V’s:

Gary Valenciano – the warrior is a child

There is also this great rendition of The Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club which won them the Grand Prize in the Cork International Choral Festival in 2012.

WARRIOR IS A CHILD – Performed Live by The Most Brilliant International Performer’s, The Ateneo de Manila College Glee Club

One version which I am not particularly fond of is that of Regine Velasquez. This 2011 video recording is, sorry to say, quite an ear sore.

Warrior Is a Child – Regine Velasquez

Now don’t get me wrong. Regine is a very good singer. In fact, I’m a fan. But in that video, it felt to me like she was just shouting. Regine wasn’t able to give justice to the song the way Gary Valenciano did. That is, for that moment.

So what do you think? For me, Twila Paris’ original version of The Warrior Is a Child is much better than Gary V’s. If you have any other opinion or violent reactions (I do hope it is not too violent) just shout it out in the comments. And please, don’t take my opinion on Regine Velasquez personally. Peace.

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Mercenario Cadag

The author has been in the publishing industry since the year 2000 and has exposure in both print and digital production processes (typesetting, page layout, and eBook creation). He is an aspiring writer and shutterbug. Has an insatiable desire to learn the cosmos but mostly enjoys studying how information dissemination could help improve people’s daily lives.

2 thoughts on “The Warrior Is a Child–Original Singer and Songwriter”

  1. Well of course I’d respect your opinion.. and I’m glad to know the original singer and composer.. I’m from the 80s and yet I’d say I still love the version of Gary Valenciano.. especially when I heard him sing it live at Wish Radio’s You tube channel.. he sang it with his soul.

  2. Thanks for the post. Now I also know the origin of the song. The highest honor is credited of course to the original writer and singer. But Gary V’s version for me is the best. The violin, piano and other instruments used helped build the solemnity of the song and Gary’s (even of the back up singer’s) soft voice portrayed the drama in the lyrics.

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