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2004 publicity photo
Birth name Melanie Hernandez Calumpad
Born January 5, 1981
Origin Manila, Philippines
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 2000 – present
Label(s) EMI Music
Melanie Hernandez Calumpad, better known by her stage name Kyla is a Filipino singer dubbed as the "R&B Princess of the Philippines". She is the only female local artist who has won in the prestigious MTV Video Music Awards as 2001 MTV's Southeast Asian Viewers Choice Awardee along with OPM bands Eraserheads and Parokya ni Edgar. She has collaborated with international artists such as Fra Lippo Lippi, Ronan Keating, British boy-band Blue, Malaysian R&B singer Ferhad, and Keith Martin and many compare her voice to Aaliyah and Brandy.
Nina Girado (Nina)
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Marifil Niña Girado (born November 1, 1980) is a Filipino singer born in Quezon City, Philippines. She is doubt as the country's Soul Siren and now the Philippines Queen of Pop. She already released four success album and can be seen performing on Bagaberde grill and restaurant and on television through ASAP 06.
Marifil Nina Girado known as The Soul Siren was raised in Quezon City with three other siblings. Growing up, Nina, much like any aspiring singer, admired Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Gary Valenciano, Ella Mae Saison, and Regine Velasquez on the home front.
Nina stands barely over five feet but her vocal prowess and her ability to sing in the whistle register can stand up to a tidal wave. As far as she can remember, Nina has always been in the solemn presence of music. Her dad, Filbert, is a member of the Bayanihan Boys' Choir and her mom, Maria Daulet, plays the piano. She was five, singing in a corner when her dad gave her special notice. Intensive vocal training was the next chapter — belting with her body submerged in a drum of water (hence, the tidal wave) and exercising those vocal chords early in the morning.
Indeed, hard work and dedication pay off eventually. She was a 7-week champion at the most successful singing competition in the country, Tanghalan ng Kampeonthe undisputed springboard for fresh talent. Before casting glorious light on the bleak music scene, pop and R&B find, Nina, found satisfaction soothing tired souls at the local clubs. Songs of love and loss, songs of firsts and lasts all delivered with intense passion and fiery emotion. Whatever the message, the effect is lasting, overwhelming. She can wail with the power of a crashing tidal wave or whine with the softness of a trickling rainfall. Waxing poetic describing vocal range can only mean one thingwhen she sings, expect to be moved in ways you never imagined.
Nina was 17 when she became one of the vocalists for the X’s, a show band working the club circuit. She honed her skills in clubs such as Strumm’s, Limits, Ratsky and Fashion Café, doing old rhythm and blues hits and Sergio Mendes numbers. Shortly after, she was hired by Big Thing, Randy Santiago’s band. This was followed by a six-month stint in Silk, and finally, the Essence.
Although she was already a fulltime working professional, Nina continued her studies, taking up and finishing accounting at Miriam College. At one time, she had thought of taking up law, but by the time she graduated, this had been replaced by another dream: to become a solo recording artist.
She put together a three-song demo which included her cover of “Foolish Heart” and sent it to Warner Music Philippines. The label recognized the potential. It wasn’t long before Marifil Niña Girado was transformed into Nina. The rest, as they say, is history.
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