Aicelle Santos

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Aicelle Santos
Birth name Aicelle Anne Santos
Also known as The Philippines "Ballad Princess"
Born (1985-02-24) February 24, 1985 (age 32)
Origin Manila, Philippines
Genres Pop, Soul, R&B, OPM
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, Pianist, Actress
Years active 2005-present
Labels GMA Records

Aicelle Anne Santos (born February 24, 1985) is a Filipino soul, R&B, pop, and jazz singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress who first emerged in the Philippine music scene as a contestant in a nationwide search for the next best singer during the first season of ABS-CBN's Star In A Million. She has been known as the "First Undefeated Pinoy Pop Superstar", when she achieved eight straight wins in GMA Network's Pinoy Pop Superstar, and as the Philippines' "Ballad Princess." [1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early Life and Career[edit]

At the age of six, Aicelle Santos or "AA" received abecedarian musical training at the St. Theresa's College Quezon City, and the University of the Philippines School of Music for Piano. The early training allowed Aicelle to indulge in her original dream to become a famous pianist. However, a shift in focus took place as she realized she would rather be a famous singer than be a known pianist. Aicelle's inspiration on the field came from Walt Disney's character Ariel from the movie The Little Mermaid. The movie's theme song "Part of Your World" was the first song Aicelle memorized, which she also performed during her elementary school programs.

While still at her first year of college at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Aicelle joined ABS-CBN's Season 1 of Star In A Million (2003), her first take on a nationwide televised singing competition. The competition opened many doors for Aicelle. Although she sometimes struggled, she eventually struck a balance between attending university and focusing on her blossoming singing career.

Aicelle took advantage of the minor fame that her Star In A Million appearance gave her and showcased her talents on top performers' settings with a new acoustic group Dream Sequence. Dream Sequence proved to be a success on its own right, and brought its three members to many cities around the Philippines. The Metro’s prime stages Bagaberde, Chef and Brewer, Phi Bar, Fiesta San Miguel in Dusit, E’s Bar in Edsa Shangri-La, and others became the group's main performing stages. The nightly gigs are believed to have been Aicelle’s training ground for improving her vocal and stage performance.

On January 4, 2016 Aicelle Santos is joined Dinggin Mo Oh Dios with Reymond Sajor, Leah Patricio, Rachelle Ann Go, Frencheska Farr, Jonalyn Viray, Rita De Guzman, RJ Buena & Kyla. On February 14, 2016 Aicelle will be contestant in Sunday Central Club Battle Of The Champions with Reymond Sajor Lizbeth Yap Dy & Julie Anne San Jose.

Personal life[edit]

Aicelle Santos is cousin of pop singer and ABS-CBN talent, Erik Santos.[citation needed]

Audition[edit]

Pinoy Pop Superstar[edit]

In 2005, Aicelle once again decided to aim for a solo singing career by joining the second season of Pinoy Pop Superstar. An eight-straight win during preliminaries put Aicelle on top and on the show's history, as the first 'Undefeated Superstar.' She performed her versions of:

  • All The Man That I Need - Week 1,
  • I Need You - Week 2,
  • Natural Woman - Week 3,
  • A House Is Not A Home - Week 4,
  • Respect - Week 5,
  • Summertime - Week 6,
  • A Song For You - Week 7,
  • Man In The Mirror - Week 8.

Aicelle got into the finals favoured to win. On PPS's season finale, Aicelle Santos claimed first runner-up and signed a record deal and an exclusive management contract under GMA Artist Centre. Her story in Pinoy Pop Superstar is somehow related to Sheryn Regis.[3]

Music career[edit]

Once again, Aicelle proved her vocal competence when she won "Best Performance of Own Country Song" representing the Philippines in Astana Music Festival in Kazakhstan. Aicelle bested delegates from 13 countries around the world, including Mexico, Peru, Finland, Romania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Tajikistan, Lithuania, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malta, and China. Her winning piece was entitled "Bakit Di Subukan", a Vehnee Saturno composition which is a Tagalog-English song ("If We Just Hold On" in English). Following this triumph was Aicelle’s recognition for "People’s Choice Best New Female Artist" in the 2007 Awit Awards.

In 2007, Aicelle is visible in the Philippines recording scene with her debut album Make Me Believe, a 14-cut album under GMA Records. Ikaw Pa Rin is her hit single in the charts.

In 2008, she joined fellow Pinoy Pop Superstar contestants Jona and Maricris Garcia to form the musical group La Diva.

On February 25, 2015, Aicelle held her first solo concert, Class A, at the PETA Theatre.[4] On the same year, she released the music video of her latest single Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig.

Theatrical Works[edit]

In 2012, Aicelle auditioned and was part of the shortlist for the 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.[5]

In 2013, she debuted in the theatrical scene by portraying the role of Katy in the Philippine musical entitled "Katy! the Musical". She also stars in another musical entitled "Rak of Aegis" where she plays the lead character, Aileen (alternating with Kim Molina). The musical had several runs but Aicelle continues to play the role till present.[6][7] Aicelle won Best Actress in a Musical in the 2014 Aliw Awards for her performance in Rak of Aegis.[8]

In 2015, Aicelle had a special participation in the musical entitled Sabel: Love and Passion.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Ikaw Pa Rin" (2007)
  • "Make Me Believe" (2007)
  • "Kapangyarihan Ng Pag-Ibig" (2015)
  • "Liwanag" (2016)

Soundtracks[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Pinoy Pop Superstar Year 2 Contenders' Album (2006)
    • Track 3: All The Man That I Need
  • Mga Awit Mula Sa Puso, Vol. 2 (2006)
    • Track 3: "Tayong Dalawa"
  • Mga Awit Kapuso, Vol. 4 (2008)
    • Track 3: "Marimar"
    • The Best of Mga Awit Kapuso (2009)
    • Track 10: "Tayong Dalawa"
  • GMA Records No.1 Hits (2013)
  • Take1: the Best of Awit Kapuso Originals (2013)
    • Track 9: "Marimar"
  • Versions 7.1 (2014)
    • Track 2: "All the Man That I Need"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2013 Katy! the Musical Katy CCP Theater
2014–present Rak of Aegis Aileen PETA Theater
2015 Sabel: Love and Passion (special participation) Music Museum

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

As herself

Year Program Notes
2005 Star in a Million As contestant
2005-2006 Pinoy Pop Superstar: Year 2 As contestant
2006–2010 SOP As performer
2007–2009 Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition As guest performer
2010–2013 Party Pilipinas As performer
2010 Diz Iz It! As guest
2010 Take Me Out As guest
2013-2015 Sunday All Stars As performer
2014 Unang Hirit As guest, performer
2014 Sarap Diva As guest, performer
2015 Pambansang Almusal As guest, performer
2015 Letters and Music As guest, performer
2015–present Eat Bulaga! As Aegis Pa More contestant (2015)
as judge on various segments (2015-2016)
as co-host for Traffic Diva segment (2016) and Music Hero segment (2016-2017)
as model on Kalyeserye segment (2016)
as Cord Sponsor on Kalyeserye: The Wedding (2016)
2015 Celebrity Bluff As contestant
2016–present Superstar Duets As Judge

As actress

Year Program Role Notes
2013 Forever Special participation
2013 Love and Lies Ligaya Salvador Guest role
2013 Kakambal ni Eliana Katelyn Banal Recurring role
2014 Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real May Recurring role
2014 Strawberry Lane Lani Delgado Guest role
2015 Buena Familia Olga Vergara Supporting role / Antagonist

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2006 Astana Music Festival Kazakhstan Best Performance of Own Country Song "Bakit Di Subukan" Won
2006 Astana Music Festival Kazakhstan Interpreter (Gold Medal) "Aking Ama" Won
2008 21st Awit Awards Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist (Performance Award) "Ikaw Pa Rin" Nominated
2008 21st Awit Awards Best R&B Recording (Creativity Awards) "Ikaw Pa Rin" Nominated
2008 21st Awit Awards Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist (People's Choice) "Ikaw Pa Rin" Won
2008 Guillermo Mendoza Awards Most Promising Female Singer N/A Won
2014 27th Aliw Awards Best Actress in a Musical Rak of Aegis Won
2015 7th PMPC Star Awards for Music Female Concert Performer of the Year Class A Nominated

Contemporaries[edit]

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