Myra David, better known in the music scene as Skarlet, is an Awit Award-winning jazz and ska musician. Currently a solo jazz artist, David is the former vocalist of ska bands Brownbeat All-Stars and Put3ska.
David is a graduate of AB Communications from the University of Santo Tomas. Venturing into music, Skarlet showed a style that made her sought-after in Manila's jazz and ska scenes. Her influences include Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sioux, Pauline Black, Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald.
David has worked with fellow artists such as Annie Brazil, Richard Merck, Vernie Varga, Jacqui Magno, Lynn Sherman, Cooky Chua, Mishka Adams, Ria Villena, Eileen Sison, Sandra Lim, among others, and groups such as Ugoy-Ugoy, Bluesviminda, JR COBB Jazz Chamber, WDOUJI, Jazz for Kicks, SYZYGY, Vince Lahorra Quartet, PhilJazz Ensemble and The Jazz Friends. She had also performed at the prestigious hotel entertainment venue, The Conservatory, at the Manila Peninsula. She was one of the participants in the 2005 First Philippine International Jazz Fest in Harbour View, Manila.
Before reinventing herself as Skarlet, David was the vocalist of successful ska band Put3Ska of the 90s. Put3Ska was the band behind the hit songs, Manila Girl, Manila's Finest, and their cover version of Robert Spencer's My Boy Lollipop. David was awarded NU 107's Vocalist of the Year (1997), and Best Live Act and Best New Artist (1995) with Put3ska. After four years and two albums, David left Put3Ska.
In 1998, David joined the Brownbeat All-stars, also a ska band. They released an album with the hit songs Brownbeat Theme and Lampungan. Together with the Brownbeat All-Stars, David won a number of awards in the Katha Awards and NU Rock Awards.
In 2007, David changed her stage name to Skarlet and released a solo jazz album entitled The Powder Room Stories. Her shift from ska to jazz proved to be successful as her album received positive reviews from local music writers and in 2007, she won the best jazz artist and producer award in the Awit Awards, the Philippines' premier music awards. Her solo album also won the best jazz recording.
Aside from her singing career, Skarlet has appeared in three independent films and three television commercials. She was also a voice talent in ten TV commercials and jingles and has also collaborated with artists like Mike Hanopol, Aya Yuson, Noli Aurillo, and Rannie Raymundo; and bands such as Slapshock, Indio I, and Neighbors in their albums.
In addition, David owns the Skarlet Jazz Kitchen, a bar and restaurant located in Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
- Jazz Musician (accessed on July 29, 2009).
- Skarlet (accessed on July 30, 2009).