Prettier Than Pink
Prettier Than Pink is an all-female pop rock group from the Philippines. The band went professional in 1991 with original members- Lei Bautista (lead vocalist), Annie Trillo (bass guitars), Gretchen Gregorio (keyboards), and Vanessa Garcia (drummer). Many music enthusiasts consider the group unique among pinoy girl groups because the members played their own instruments. Originally called Pretty and Pink, the band started playing 60's music at Rock Ma Jazz ( a bar owned by RJ Jacinto) and eventually played 80's music from the Gogo's, Bangles, B-52's, etc. at different bars such as Par Avion, Kalye, Fat Tuesdays, and Cosmo.
In 1995 a self-produced demo garnered interest from various record labels and the group changed its name to Prettier Than Pink. Neo Records (now VIVA Records) eventually signed them up. After five months, an eponymous debut album went Gold in the Philippines and the single "Cool Ka Lang," written and composed by the band's lead singer and founding member Lei Bautista, reached no. 1 on the OPM charts.
By 1997, Prettier Than Pink had undergone a line-up transformation, with Bautista remaining as the group's leader. Their second album, UnPink, took a less commercial turn; but the release received regional airplay with "Baby" and a remake of the OPM classic "BF Kong Baduy." In 1998, Lei Bautista was nominated for an Awit award for "Baby."
Bautista left for the U.S. shortly thereafter, reviving Prettier Than Pink in America as a New Wave-styled group with guitarist Pamela Aquino, bassist Melody del Mundo, and drummer Ann Connolly. In 2005, Prettier Than Pink started recording their U.S. debut for the Sutton Records label.
- Lei Bautista - Lead Vocals/Guitar
- Pamela Aquino - Lead Guitar
- Melanie Sarao - Bass
- Amy Behrman - Keyboards/Vocals
- Jasmin Guevara - Drums
- Gretchen Gregorio - Keyboards
- Anne Trillo - Bass Guitars
- Vanessa Garcia - Drums
- Rozylyn Torres - Lead Guitar
- Prettier in Pink (1995, VIVA Records)
- Un-Pink (1997, VIVA Records)
- Chop Suey (2005, Sutton Records)