Laarni Lozada

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Laarni Lozada
Birth name Laarni Losala
Born (1985-06-23) June 23, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines
Genres Pop, rock, classical
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Star Records

Laarni Lozada (born Laarni Losala on June 23, 1985) is a Filipino pop, ballad, classical, and soul singer. She is the winner of Pinoy Dream Academy (Season 2), Philippine franchise of Endemol's Star Academy garnering more than 100,000 votes over the votes obtained by her closest contender Bugoy Drillon.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Laarni was born in Pasig City[2] to William and Nita Losala.[3] The family moved to Isulan, Sultan Kudarat later on. She has six siblings.[4]

Laarni was a consistent honor student from elementary to high school. When she was in Grade five, she worked at the local public market and at the family farm.[4] When she was 15, she left Isulan for Manila.[4] to pursue her education. An aunt from the US supported her in her studies at the School of Music of the Philippine Women's University. However, she decided to shift course from AB Music to BS Education, Major in English, when she realized that most of the music students in the school were from the upper strata of society. She feared that she lacked the eloquence to be part of that kind of milieu.[2] Her musical talent, however, paved the way for her to become a university scholar while working as a student assistant of the school.

Laarni sang both for passion and for a living. She sang in different social functions, particularly in weddings, joined singing competitions, and accepted guestings. She became a runner-up in the now-defunct "Sing Galing" of ABC5. She won the Rotary Club Intercollegiate/University singing contest, besting 25 other contestants from different schools in Manila by rendering the patriotic anthem "Dakilang Lahi". She also won the National Grand Finals of the "Campus Idol" search by her rendition of "What Kind of Fool Am I?"[5]

Laarni also joined the PWU Church chorale, the Ambassadors of Light, and the Malate Church Chorale. When she became part of the Coro de San Sebastian, she got the opportunity to sing together with said choral group with the Philippine Madrigal Singers in a Madrigal et al. concert.[5]

At 16 years old, Laarni sang at the Calesa Bar,[2] she had the opportunity to get musical pointers from the bar's musical director, Rudy Francisco.

Her musical influences include Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Charlotte Church, Regine Velasquez, Sheryn Regis, Lea Salonga, Lani Misalucha, Charice Pempengco, Sarah Geronimo, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and Jed Madela.[2]

Education[edit]

She graduated from Philippine Women's University in Taft Manila with a degree of Bachelor of Arts, Major in Secondary Education.

Pinoy Dream Academy[edit]

Upon learning about new season of Pinoy Dream Academy, Laarni decided to audition. An inspirational song, "Lead Me Lord, " earned for her the 15th slot after a long process of elimination.

After 13 weeks in the academy, Laarni was hailed the Grand Star Dreamer on September 14, 2008 at the Cuneta Astrodome. At the end of the show's two-night finale, she garnered 651,696 votes (100% of the total votes).

On October 9, 2008, she and Phillip Nolasco, Little Grand Star Dreamer, received the keys to their new houses in Binangonan, Rizal and one million pesos as their prize for winning the competition.[6]

In-Academy Performances[edit]

Career[edit]

Laarni's Grand Star Dreamer title has earned her a place in the stable of talents of ABS-CBN. She has made appearances in many programs, especially in Boy & Kris where she has guested four times already in a span of three weeks. On the Cory Aquino special of the said show, fellow scholar, Hansen, confessed that Laarni has a crush on fellow ASAP '09 singer, Jed Madela who she had a duet with in the Academy.[7] Other guestings include gameshows like The Singing Bee, Wowowee and Pilipinas, Game KNB?; and talk shows like Umagang Kay Ganda, The Buzz, Entertainment Live, and even Sharon. She has also guested in the Little Grand Dream Night of Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers

Her first single, Manalig Ka, was written by Ryan Cayabyab. It is included in the Top 10 scholar's album, namely Scholar's Sing Cayabyab. The album Scholar's Sing Cayabyab has been certified with a gold award.

On September 30, 2008, Laarni signed her very first recording contract with ABS-CBN and Star Records. With all new compositions, she is set to release an album in the near future.[8]

She released her self-titled debut album Laarni Lozada,spawning the hit single Kung Iniibig Ka Niya which was penned by one of the most prolific hit makers in the Philippines Vehnee Saturno. The song Kung Iniibig Ka Niya is the theme song of the latest ABS-CBN soap opera entitled Kambal Sa Uma. Her second single, a revival of the hit song Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita which was originally sung by Roselle Nava is the theme song the ABS-CBN Precious Hearts Romances series entitled Alyna .

She was also handpicked by Gary Valenciano to sing a duet of his hit song Narito at his anniversary concert Gary at 25 at the Araneta Coliseum and later on joined Gary Valenciano with Rachelle Ann Go and Karylle for his hit song Each Passing Night. The concert is set to be released as a DVD.

Laarni Lozada is currently under Backroom Inc., the talent management and booking office of Mr. Boy Abunda.

Laarni is currently preparing to take part in the Star Magic World Tour, which would bring her the US, Canada and Dubai together with the biggest stars of ABS-CBN's talent arm, Star Magic.

Laarni is the endorser of Belo, Black Beauty Shampoo and Dibuho Clothing Apparel.

Laarni can be seen as a semi-regular artist on ASAP.

Voice[edit]

Laarni's voice is classified as a dramatic soprano verging on coloratura. She can effortlessly shift from classical/opera music to power ballads. Laarni is also known for her versatility when it comes to her mastery of different genres. Laarni can sing operatic arias, jazz, standards, bossa nova, rock songs, pop/dance songs, R&B songs, kundiman and power ballads.

Television[edit]

Year Title Role
- Sing Galing as herself
2008 Pinoy Dream Academy: Season 2 as herself
2008 ASAP '08 as herself
2009 ASAP '09 as herself
2009 Showtime as herself
2010 ASAP XV as herself

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Date of release Title Album Sales Award
2008

Star Records

Laarni Lozada TBA

Other albums[edit]

Date of release Title Album Sales Award
2008

Star Records
Dream Music

Scholars Sing Cayabyab Gold

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2008 "Manalig Ka"
2008 "Kung Iniibig Ka Niya"
2009 "Bakit Nga Ba Mahal Kita"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2008 Asian Excellence Awards "Asian Excellence Awards Most Promising Female Performer" Won[9]
2009 Consumer's Choice Awards "Outstanding Opm Female Artist" Won
2009 22nd Awit Awards People's Choice New Female Recording Artist "People's Choice New Female Recording Artist" Won

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News :: Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2". S2b.pinoydreamacademy.ph. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Scholars :: Pinoy Dream Academy". S2b.pinoydreamacademy.ph. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Guest appearance in both Pinoy Dream Academy (September 14, 2008) and Boy & Kris (September 16, 2008)
  4. ^ a b c San Diego, Bayani Jr. (2008-09-15). "Working student from Sultan Kudarat tops reality contest". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  5. ^ a b "The Chronicles Of Laarnia — Biography: Who Is Laarni Losala?". Laarnilosala.multiply.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ Santos, Alex. TV Patrol World (television). 
  7. ^ October 1, 2008 guesting on Boy & Kris
  8. ^ Santos, Alex. TV Patrol World (television). 
  9. ^ [1] (2008). Accessed 2008-10-01.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Yeng Constantino
Pinoy Dream Academy
Grand Star Dreamer

2008
Succeeded by
Final