Nina Girado Biography, Music, Family and Awards
Marifil Girado (born November 1, 1980), known professionally as Nina, is a Filipina singer, occasional songwriter, record producer, TV and radio personality. She made her recording debut in 2002 after signing a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines. Following the release of her debut album, she received numerous awards from different organizations and multiple album certifications by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI).
Nina Girado established her position in the Philippine music industry in 2005 after releasing her third album Nina Live!. The album earned her the first ever Diamond award for a female OPM artist. In the same year, she staged a Nina Live! concert at the Araneta Coliseum which became her biggest solo concert to date.
Nina Girado Early life
Marifil Niña Girado was born on November 1, 1980 in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the third child of Filbert Girado Sr., a businessman and member of the Bayanihan Boys Choir, and Maria Daulet (née Barinos), a nurse who plays piano. Her parents raised her in Quezon City together with her siblings Dawanne, who is member of the band Lipstick, King, who is also a singer, and Patrick, who is a musical director. When Nina was five years old, Nina Girado started singing in a corner of a room and her father noticed it. After seeing the potential in his daughter, Filbert trained her critically.
Like the traditional technique of vocalization, she was submerged into a drum of water while belting out her high notes. Later, she was declared as daily winner on GMA Lunchdate’s “Bulilit Jamboree” in 1985. In 1991, she joined the most popular defunct talent search in the Philippines, Tanghalan ng Kampeon, where she became a champion for seven weeks.
Filbert’s plans for Nina have changed when she grew older. Instead of a professional music career, he wanted his daughter to earn college degree, and to join him in the United States to find work. She took up Accountancy at Miriam College, since she was good at numbers. Her father insisted that she would take up Law as a latter course. Because of too much love for singing, she disobeyed her father and joined different bands. He eventually gave up on trying to stop her, and just told her to maintain good grades. She did get good grades, and was even a consistent dean’s lister.
At seventeen, Nina became a vocalist of the XS band. In 2000, she finished Accountancy while performing for different bands including The Big Thing, MYMP, Silk and the Essence. After college, she recorded an amateur demo CD with the help of a friend. It was composed of three tracks, including the Steve Perry song “Foolish Heart”, “Breathe Again” and “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, recorded in a home studio with only a guitar for accompaniment.
Her brother King brought her demo to different recording labels. Ricky Ilacad, who was managing director of Warner Music Philippines at that time, heard the demo and immediately wanted to sign her up even without seeing or hearing her in person. Two months after her father died of a heart attack in the U.S., she signed her first recording contract with Warner.
Nina Girado Career
Nina Girado guested in Wish 107.5 Bus which her performance was part of Roadshow’s Charlie Puth Special and announced that she has returned to Warner Music Philippines. Also, her upcoming ninth album.
Nina Girado Influences
Since she entered the Philippine music industry in 2002, Nina has been compared to Mariah Carey due to her similarity to Carey’s vocal range and musical style. She can even imitate Carey’s high whistle registers, and has performed Carey’s popular hits in her different concerts and gigs. She expressed being a fan of Carey by saying that she never attempted to watch concerts before she became a recording artist, until Carey’s Manila performance. She also cited Carey as a major influence in her debut album Heaven (2002), although she still stressed the originality of her sound, saying “But it’s not like I want my career to imitate or even be compared with hers [Carey].
In the end, I want to be acknowledged as a singer of my own brand of music.” Some of her other musical influences include Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Gary Valenciano, Ella Mae Saison and Regine Velasquez. Nina Girado has also collaborated with international acts such as Diane Warren, Joe Pizzulo, The Cascades, Fra Lippo Lippi, Keith Martin, Kenji Williams, Lea Salonga, Billy Crawford, Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda of Journey.