|Label(s)|| Alpha (1997) |
Universal Records (2006-present)
Lani Misalucha (born 1970) is a Filipina singer.
Lani Misalucha was dubbed as Asia's Nightingale,. Misalucha is a Filipina pop, rhythm and blues, opera singer, and one of the best singers from the Philippines who currently resides and performs at the Flamingo, Las Vegas with the Hawaiian variety troupe Society of Seven.
She never planned to be a professional singer; she simply loves to sing. With the voice of an angel cascading up and down the scales like a roller coaster, a full three octaves of heavenly music, full throated, full chested and fully seasoned, she can sing a song as few others can.
Born into a musical family, with parents who are operatic singers, Lani grew up immersed in song, with siblings similarly endowed with wonderful voices. Growing up and listening to the radio, she expanded her musical horizons to various genres and styles, and developed a dynamic versatility.
A certified diva, (Lani) can easily shift from ballad to pop rock and even jazz. She may even flabbergast you with a sudden burst of operatic aria in a seasoned dramatic coloratura soprano voice, with a ringing and bravura expressive coloratura dexterity in the highest register. Recording multiplex tapes of the songs of great singers, she can, with alacrity, imitate the voice and style of, among others, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and even Barbra Streisand.
Lani has been in and out of the scene since the late 1980s-as a vocalist in various bands, as a soloist in the lounge and circuits, as singer for commercial jingles and multiplex tapes. It is amazing to note that although she stopped singing professionally for periods of time, opportunities never cease to come knocking at her door. It seems that is her destiny.
In 1996, she recorded an album with the carrier single, "Somebody Warm Like Me," which became an instant hit. Moving to Viva Records in 1999, she did the album "Tunay Na Mahal" with the carrier single of the same title and the hit song "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me". Playing the lead role in S.K. Productions mega-musical play "Rama at Sita", she received accolades for her singing and acting prowess.
She kick-started the year 2000 with a new album, entitled "All Heart"-- a collection of love songs led by its carrier single "One More Time", by Dodjie Simon. The album also includes songs written by some of today's most acclaimed contemporary composers, like Vehnee Saturno, Jimmy Borja and Trina Belamide.
The year 2001 became a very blessed year for Lani. She became a semi-regular host in the Sunday noontime show SOP, along with other top artists, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Janno Gibbs and Jaya. In September 2001, she had her first major concert at the Araneta Coliseum called, "Lani Misalucha, The Crossover Live Tour". It was a highly successful concert, the venue of which Lani filled to the rafters, earned her more praises from fans and critics alike.
In 2002, Lani continued to wow audiences with her breathtaking performances in her US Concert Tour and series of concerts at the Onstage in Greenbelt. Lani released her fourth studio album entitled, "Loving You" in June 2003 with the singles, "Tila" and "Malaya Ka Na". In November of that same year, she began show with actor and comedian Michael V., also known as his character Junie Lee, called "Celebrity Turns".
Lani is also the preferred choice of foreign artists who have come to Manila to perform. She was the special guest of industry icons Kenny Loggins, Brian McKnight, Sergio Mendes & Stephen Bishop.
She continues to perform to SRO crowds wherever she goes, may it be schools and bigger venues, like the Main Theater Cultural Center of the Philippines and the PICC Plenary Hall. She has had successful concerts in Cebu, Bacolod, Baguio, Clark (Angeles), Davao and everywhere else in the Philippines.
Lani sought and conquered the hearts of those in the United States, too, performing in Reno, San Diego, Washington, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. of San Francisco even made August 17 "Lani Misalucha Day" to give due recognition to her talent as an artist.
In 2004, Lani became the First Asian to headline in a Main Showroom of the Las Vegas Strip, performing with Hawaii's Premiere showband, Society of Seven at the world-famous Jubilee Theatre of the Bally's. The show received raving reviews and the highest acclaims from Vegas Critics, putting Lani's name high up on the list of Vegas' must-see performers.
As Las Vegas' New Diva and Siren of the Strip, Lani proved her status as an international artist of top calibre. A successful 15-month run at the Bally's and a series of road tours to varied states permanently etched Lani's name in the hearts of those whom she captured with her musical eloquence. She enchants once again in the Main Showroom of the Flamingo from August of 2006.
It is the beauty and power of Lani's that flew and blew her across the globe, performing in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the Middle East and singing for the King of Malaysia, the Sultan of Brunei, President S.R. Nathan of Singapore and Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines. But it will always be the beauty of Lani's persona that will transcend through every song, heartfelt and genuine in its delivery of all the best that it has to offer, all the best that is yet to come.
Lani now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She currently performs at Flamingo Las Vegas with the Filipino-Hawaiian group Society of Seven.
In late October 2006, she released a new album under Universal Records simply entitled "Lani Misalucha." It was her first all-revival album which includes her own version of "Hold Me" as popularized by Whitney Houston and "These Dreams" by Heart.
Lani is set to come back on Philippine television through the top rating Sunday afternoon show A.S.A.P of ABS-CBN (The Filipino Channel) on Feb. 17, 2007. She was reportedly offered the job last December and has allegedly accepted the offer. Since Lani was once co-hosted S.O.P on GMA Channel 7 (GMA Pinoy TV) about 2 years ago, a rivalry of her current show A.S.A.P, it has caused some intrigues to her old co-hosts such Jaya,Janno Gibbs, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid.
Before she left for Las Vegas, her 2006 album reached Gold Record status for which she was given an award. <ref>[www.lanimisalucha.com www.lanimisalucha.com]</ref>
First Filipina Artist to Headline 6-month Stint at the Jubilee Theater in Bally’s Casino Las Vegas, Nevada (2006)
First Filipina in the Society of Seven club (SOS 2005)
Lani can mimic various singer's voices such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and Britney Spears.
Lani is classically trained. She can deliver operatic arias with such ease.
She is believed to have a full three octave vocal range.
She has two sisters who are also talented artists.
She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and actively supports Church-related humanitarian programs in the Philippines and in the United States.
- More Than I Should (1997)
- Tunay Na Mahal (1999)
- Love Concert - Vol. 1 and 2 (2001)
- All Heart (2001)
- Crossover Live Tour - Vol. 1 and 2 (2001)
- Back2Back2Back (----)
- Loving You (2003)
- Greatest Hits (2005)
- Silver Series (2006)
- Lani Misalucha (2006)
- Sing Along with Lani Misalucha
- Official Website
- All about Lani
- Colleen's Lani
- Fans yahoo group
- Lani's Myspace music page
- Lani Misalucha at the *