Pages in category "Filipino singer-songwriters"
The following 45 pages are in this category, out of 45 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 45 pages are in this category, out of 45 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Dong Abay – Westdon Martin Abay, popularly known as Dong Abay, is a poet and a Pinoy rock musician. He was the member, songwriter and lead vocalist of the bands Yano, Pan, and dongabay. As of January 2008, he is pursuing a career as an independent artist, currently, he performs with a rock band while living other forms of artistic life. He has various channels of such as in visual and multi-media arts. In the age of media, he is a humorist who microblogs. He is married to Ninj Botor Reyes and they have a son named Awit, born on May 15,2002. In 1992, Dong Abay, Eric Gancio and Larry Mapolon met in Patatag, after a year, they decided to form a band called NG with percussionist Renmin Nadela. Abay and Gancio remained and recruited musical arranger and bassist, Onie Badiang to the group, eventually, the bands name was renamed to Yano. They recorded their demo at the studio of alternative artist Joey Ayala in June 1993. One of the tracks, Kumusta Na, a song about the EDSA Revolution, found its way to a local radio station where the group was first heard. This paved the way for Yano to become active in the club circuit. Mayrics, Club Dredd, 70s Bistro were among the first clubs that Yano performed in, drummers for the band included Nowie Favila, Nonong Timbalopez, Jun Nogoy and Harley Alarcon. In 1994, the bands self-titled debut album out and spawned classic Filipino rock songs such as Banal Na Aso, Santong Kabayo, Tsinelas. This was followed by a string of concerts around the Philippine archipelago. In 1994, at the height of Yanos popularity, Abay had to quit his schooling at the University of the Philippines. Yano released 2 more albums under BMG, a label, Bawal in 1996. The eponymous debut album was first released under Alpha Records but was later re-issued by BMG, during the late 1990s, Abay suffered from clinical depression after quitting Yano. He only stayed in his bedroom for five years, although, Abay describe this episode as a self-imposed hiatus
2. Rey Valera – Reynaldo Valera Guardiano is a well-known singer, songwriter, music director, film scorer and television host from the Philippines. He wrote and produced songs that were recorded by various singers and he is currently the head judge of the singing contest segment Tawag ng Tanghalan in a variety noontime show Its Showtime. Rey Valera started his career in 1977 after becoming a band member from a group called Electric Hair Band for seven years. He waxed his first single as a solo singer – songwriter with the song Ako si Superman, Rey also made songs for other artists such as Rico Punos Sorry Na, Pwede Ba, Daigdig Ng Ala-ala, Geraldines Pangako, Pol Enriquez Ayoko na Sa Yo and many more. Most of these albums made golds and platinums, recently, Vicor Music Corporation compiled all of Rey Valeras recorded songs in their library in a 4 disc set album entitled, Walang Kapalit as part of Vicors 40-year anniversary. He was finally inducted to the Philippines Eastwood City Walk of Fame in 2009 and he won the MYX Magna Award 2015 in the recent 2015 MYX Music Awards. One of his projects was to make a song for a twelve-year-old mayors daughter named Sharon Cuneta. It dawned upon Rey to write a song about the people who were responsible for playing songs on the radio, wherever radio station the song would be submitted in, it was almost always guaranteed that it would be played as it was their song. The song, Mr. DJ, made remarkable sales on the chart, Sharon stated in a recent interview by Deborah Kan in Star News Asia, that she has been always thankful for and grateful to Rey, for writing her first hit song. The two have been ever since, and in 1992, Sharon paid tribute to her favorite composer when she recorded Sharon Sings Valera. When Sharon Cuneta and her then husband Gabby Concepcion separated, Rey composed the song, when Sharon and Rey met at Cinema Audio, she asked, why was not he writing songs for her anymore. Rey replied that he did one for her, and submitted the song to VIVA for it to be an inspiration or a battleground for Sharon. Both of them out that the song has been shelved for two years at VIVA. Sharon immediately recorded the song, and used it in her movie and it was retitled to Kahit Wala Ka Na. Sharons biggest blockbuster movies were lifted from popular songs of Rey, in 1983, Rey faced one of the worst challenges of both his career, and personal life, an impostor was using his name and was committing crimes, among them were car-napping and rape. The list even extended to marrying numerous women, and even petty crimes like borrowing money and personal items, Rey made numerous newspaper statements announcing that there is an imposter posing as him. Rey also wrote and released a song entitled, My Fans Are in Trouble to warn his fans through the medium of music, what Rey feared most was not the money, but the physical harm people the impostor had fooled might do to him. Ultimately in 1984, Rey decided to show business at the peak of his career to protect his fans
3. Arnel Pineda – Arnel Campaner Pineda is a Filipino singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the Philippines during the 1980s and internationally in 2007 as the singer of the American rock band Journey. Arnel Pineda was born on September 5,1967 at St. Jude Thaddeus Diagnostic Clinic in Tondo, Manila, Philippines to Restituto Lising Pineda and Josefina Manansala Campaner. His mother instilled his love for singing at an age, encouraging him to sing along to songs from his favorite singers like Karen Carpenter. Growing up, his parents entered him in singing contests. His mother, who had been suffering heart disease, died when he was 13 years old. Her illness had left their family deep in debt, being more than six months behind on their apartment rent and unable to sufficiently provide for the family, his father decided to move out and ask relatives to take in Pinedas siblings. To ease his fathers burden, Pineda quit school and started working and he spent about two years on the streets, sleeping wherever he could, in public parks, or on a narrow bench outside a friends crowded house. He earned meager money by collecting glass bottles, newspapers, and scrap metal and he would also go to the pier with his friends and take on odd jobs like cleaning scrap metal and docked ships. He didnt have much to eat, sometimes rationing a small package of Marie biscuit as food for two days, in 1982, when Pineda was 15 years old, he became the lead singer of the Filipino group Ijos. He used to sing in a Shakeys Pizza Parlor on Taft Street in Manila, in 1986, some members of Ijos formed a group called Amo. Amo entered and won the Rock Wars contest in the Philippines, in 1988, Amo entered and won the Philippines leg of the Yamaha World Band Explosion. They went on to the finals in Hong Kong, but were not qualified to win due to a technicality, the rules stated the winning song had to be an original composition. However, they stated that the song entry in the finals had to be the same song with which the band won their countrys leg of the competition. Amos winning song in the Philippines was Queens Bohemian Rhapsody, after the contest, the band continued as Amo, performing live. They opened for Robert Palmer in Manila in 1989, Amo played in clubs in Quezon City, Olongapo City and Makati City, which are located in Luzon, the biggest island in the Philippines. Amo was very popular in the Chinese-owned California Jam club in Olongapo City, in 1990, Pineda and other members of Amo formed another band called Intensity Five and once again entered the Yamaha World Band Explosion. Pineda won the Best Vocalist award and the came in as first runner up
4. Sarah Geronimo – Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo is a Filipino singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress and television personality. Widely known as the Popstar Royalty, her contributions to music along with her film, born and raised in Santa Cruz, Manila, Geronimo started a career in music at the age of 14 after winning the television singing contest Star for a Night. The album became a record and won two Awit Awards. Her music was categorized as pop until the release of her tenth studio album Expressions. Subsequently, she was nominated for the awards in the 27th Awit Awards including Album of the Year. Following a crossover success, Geronimo continued on the musical form. Geronimo began working with television network ABS-CBN in 2004 and she appeared in projects such as ASAP, Bituing Walang Ningning and Sarah G. Live. She was also a coach in The Voice of the Philippines, Geronimo then ventured into mainstream cinema and is best known for playing the lead role in the films, A Very Special Love, You Changed My Life and It Takes a Man and a Woman. All of which are in the list of highest-grossing films in the Philippines that earned her three Box-office Queen titles from GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards and she also received two nominations of FAMAS Award for Best Actress for these films respectively. Geronimo has a collective box-office receipt of over PHP1 billion, in 2015, FAMAS named her as one of the six Iconic Movie Queens of Philippine Cinema. Throughout her career, Geronimo has received 12 Awit Awards,8 Aliw Awards,26 Myx Music Awards, Geronimo is pop musics best-selling artist of all time in the Philippines, having sold more than 1 million albums. She was inducted into the Anak TV Hall of Fame in 2013 for being worthy of emulation by children. Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo was born on July 25,1988 in Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines to Delfin Geronimo, a retired PLDT employee, and Divina Tua Geronimo and she is the third of four children. She started singing publicly at age two, at the age of four, she was accompanied by her mother to join auditions for different television programs. Geronimo became part of the shows Penpen De Sarapen, Ang TV and she has also played as an extra in the movie Sarah. In between auditions, Geronimo would perform at shopping malls and hotel lounges, Geronimo, then age 7, was one of the performers during the 1995 visit of Pope John Paul II. Geronimo at an early age joined different singing contests the first of which was Tuklas Talino sponsored by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, in 2002, Geronimo competed on the television singing contest Star for a Night aired in IBC. At the age of fourteen, she won the prize that included PHP1 million
5. Junji Arias – Arias has been well known for his raw, sharp-edged raspy vocals. He is also versatile, playing a wide range of instruments, including the guitar, keyboards. Recently, Arias auditioned for the first season of The Voice of the Philippines where he was able to join Sarah Geronimos team and he was able to go to reach the teams final 6 before getting eliminated by coach Sarah. Arias was born on August 5,1976 in Makati City, Philippines to Ariel Jose Bacerdo Arias and he is married to French commercial model and financial advisor, Anais Thoret Arias. He began his career as a solo act, at the age of 17, at Ka Freddies in Tagaytay City in 1993 after being discovered by international folk star. He released his first album under Warner Music Philippines with the band Excerpts in 1999, in 2000, he formed Velcro, an acoustic group together with Rivermaya drummer, Mark Escueta, and coExcerpts member and lead guitarist, James Diaz. They were later joined by Bolichie Suzara on Bass and Alex Fidel on Drums for their debut album and he was also able to collaborate with different artists, including Rachel Alejandro. He composed, arranged and co-produced Geneva Cruzs album, To Manila and he also composed jingles for different commercial ads. In 2007, he released his single 98 Seconds in Germany, in June 2013, he joined The Voice of the Philippines wherein he sang Ill Be There for You by Bon Jovi. He was able to make Lea Salonga, Bamboo Mañalac, and he later picked the latter as his coach. During the Battles, he was paired up with the 22-year-old Dave Jonathan Lamar where they sang Bohemian Rhapsody, Arias later won that round and which made him advanced to the Live shows. In the first Live show, he sang Aerosmiths I Dont Want to Miss a Thing and he was later eliminated after Geronimo picked Eva delos Santos over him. After ending his stint in The Voice of the Philippines, Arias continued his career in doing musical gigs at local and international venues
6. Maria Amapola Cabase – Maria Amapola Cabase, better known by her stage name Amapola, is a Filipino singer, actress, musician, television and radio host. She is widely known in the Philippines as the original artist for the song, Kapantay Ay Langit, which was later popularized by singer Pilita Corrales. Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos dubbed Cabase as a Music Ambassador for the country in 1973 in celebration of Amapolas first concert in New York, November 3,1973, at New Yorks Town Hall. In 1984, she released her debut album produced in collaboration with jazz pianist Bobby Enriquez. Amapolas music career began when she sang the love theme Guihigugma Ko Ikaw for the Azucena Pictures film Utlanan, the song Kapantay Ay Langit on YouTube sung by Amapola and composed by George Canseco, won the Manila Film Festival Gabi Ng Parangal song of the year award. It was later popularized by singer Pilita Corrales which eventually became her signature song, Amapola was awarded the key to Cebu City by then Governor Manuel Cuenco to celebrate her work as Toy Orchestra Conductor, making her the youngest person ever to receive the honor. The event was held at Cebu Citys DYRC-Radio, attended by Cebu Normal School Military Toy Orchestra, conductor Amapola and director Coronada Pingol, since the 1970s, Amapola has performed jazz and popular music. In 1979, Amapolas band, Amy and the Sounds, featuring her father, in the 1980s, Amapola won a number of awards for her music, such as the Awit Award for Best Female Singer and Best Vocal Performance. Formerly with DSwan Records and winning her first Awit Awards as Best Female Singer in the Vernacular, the aforementioned singles anchored the Gold hit Songs and Amapola under the Pioneer record label. Amapola held the title of Philippine Jukebox Queen in the early 70s, all tracks were written and performed by DAmarillo and his orchestra. The albums back cover featured George Cansecos poem, Ode To Amapola, Amapola hosted Amapola Presents Show a weekly TV variety show at KEMO-TV in San Francisco, which she hosted from 1978 to 1981. She regularly performed on Manila television shows such as Stop, Look, Listen, superstar, Seeing Stars, Etchos Lang and Live with Pops and Martin throughout the 1980s. Amapola was discovered by Espiridion Laxa who signed her up with Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions for three films and she co-starred with Victor Wood in, Mr. Lonely in 1972 and You Are My Destiny in 1973. Both films were directed by Leonardo L. Garcia and written by Rico Bello Omagap, casting for the third film I Went To Your Wedding was changed when Amapola began her USA tour in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2003, Amapola published Coming Home, her first novel, Coming Home won the Florida Writers Associations Royal Palm Literary Award for Romantic Fiction and was a finalist for Best Fiction of 2004 in Foreword Magazine. In 2005, she published Promising Skies, which received acclaim from New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh. In 1990, Amapola played the role of Bloody Mary in the RVL Sun’s Theater production of South Pacific, on board the Hanseatic, Amapola was offered to sing on board the MS Gripsholm. In 2006, Amapola was invited to headline on board Regent Seven Seas Cruises Voyager World Cruise, Amapola raised two children with her second husband, Nicolas T. Aiello
7. Gabby Concepcion – Gabby Concepcion is a Filipino actor and businessman. Concepción was born in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines to Rolando Rollie Concepción and he attended the Ateneo de Manila, Aquinas School and Centro Escolar University. From 1980–95, he made 80 films and had several modeling, Concepción was married Sharon Cuneta from 1984–87. They have a daughter, actress and model Kristina Cassandra Concepción and he has a daughter, Cloie Helena Syquia Skarne from his marriage to Jenny Syquia in the early 1990s and a daughter, Ma. Gabrielle Ibuna Concepcion from a relationship with Grace Ibuna, in 2004, Concepción married long-time girlfriend Genevieve Yatco Gonzales in California, they have two daughters. Gabby Concepcion at the Internet Movie Database
8. Jed Madela – John Edward Tajanlangit, better known by his stage name, Jed Madela, is a Filipino recording artist and TV host. He became the first Filipino to win the WCOPA world grand champion title and he is a co-host and performer of ASAP. He is a member of ABS-CBNs Star Magic and he is currently managed by GM Proponents of Artists Inc. Madela was born in Iloilo, Philippines, the son of JC Roy Tajanlangit, a church choirmaster, and Agnes Tajanlangit and he is the elder brother of Eric Tajanlangit and Joanne Christine Tajanlangit. He was only five years old when he started singing and acknowledges his father as his first voice coach and he is the eldest among three siblings, and his younger brother and sister are also singers in their church choir. Jed earned a Business Administration degree from the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City at the age of 18, during his campus years, he was also a regular fixture in various singing competitions, which he usually ended up winning. With his educational background and a training schedule waiting in the wings, plans did not materialize as he explored his artistic pursuits. For a time, Jed also became the lead vocalist of Pose and this Cancer-born singer was also handled by Ronnie Henares of Primeline and the late Bella Tan. One thing led to another and, as fate and destiny would have it, selling a debut album was hard, most especially to Jed. This was because, even with a turnout at his gig venues. His first album I’ll Be Around received lukewarm reception from the public, in 2003,16 Asian countries participated in the Voice of Asia consisting of 18 contestants. The Philippines sent him as the first official representative to the Voice of Asia. He has ranked 1st place consistently for 3 days in the internet poll survey and was given the Peoples Choice Award on the finals night for being the Grand Champion in the internet polls. He also won the Silver Trophy, judged by a panel of jury in the actual competition and he also received a plaque for being the Sponsors Choice in the competition. Five months later, Mainhill Awards of Kazakhstan awarded him as the Best Voice of Asia Male Singer of the Year 2003 and he also shared the limelight with George Benson and Billy Joel who both received the Lifetime Achievement Awards in the same award-giving body. All songs were composed by Mr. Vehnee Saturno who was with him during the entire competition in Kazakhstan. Madela releases an even record that is destined to be a classic album. He made waves during the 2005 World Championship of the Performing Arts in Hollywood and he bested over 3,000 contestants from 52 countries to win the grand prize