Champ Lui Pio

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Champ Lui Pio
Champ during autograph session.jpg
Champ during an autograph session.
Background information
Birth name Arthur Bernard Dolino Lui Pio
Born (1982-02-08) February 8, 1982 (age 35)
Origin Quezon City, Philippines
Genres Alternative rock
OPM
Occupation(s) Vocalist, Musician, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2004–present
Labels PolyEast Records
Mecca Music
VIVA Films
Associated acts Hale
Somedaydream
Luigi D'Avola

Arthur Bernard Dolino Lui Pio (born February 8, 1982) is a music artist and guitarist and vocalist of Hale. He is publicly recognized by the name "Champ" or "Champ Lui-Pio".

Biography[edit]

Early and personal life[edit]

Lui Pio was born on February 8, 1982, in Quezon City, Philippines. During his youth, he was enrolled in Marymount School and then took up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major). He has a sibling named Christian Lui Pio or famously known as VJ Chino, who was featured in Hale's music video of their single Kahit Pa and winner of MYX VJ Search 2008-2015, and he is now a sports anchor of TV5. Lui Pio is also the son of a widely-respected musician Arturo Lui-Pio also known as Nonoy Tan of the former band Wadab in the 1980s. He also has two sisters: Cha Lui Pio and Cher Lui Pio.

2004-2010: Hale[edit]

In 2004, Lui Pio joined Hale as guitarist and vocalist. As a group, the band managed to spawn 4 mainstream albums and 18 mainstream singles, together with 2 jingles meant to promote Nescafé and Close-Up. He also helped established the Treehouse Productions whose sole purpose is to help the needy children suffering from mental and physical illnesses through music. Other musical acts eventually signed up for Treehouse Productions to help achieve the band's purpose and objectives.[1]

On August 6, 2010, Lui Pio, together with the band, publicly announced that they had no more plans in producing more music as a band and therefore disband. This development came after Arthur himself announced his intention to start a solo music career and as an actor.[2]

2010-present: Synergy and Mecca Music[edit]

Currently, he is now signed under local film conglomerate VIVA Films so he could push on with his embarkment as an actor.

As a solo artist, his debut album Synergy is expected to be released sometime in late 2010. The song Hanging Habagat was released on October 19, 2010, and will serve as a physical carrier single of the album simultaneous to the release of its music video. Other singles that followed were Sa 'Yo Lang (feat. Julianne Tarroja) and "Sari-Saring Kwento" (feat. Gloc-9 and Noel Cabangon).[3][4][5]

Lui-Pio established an independent local music label Mecca Music in early 2011. Somedaydream was the first to sign up to the label as mainstream contract artist.[6][7] He had also reunited with members from his former band and planned to release a debut single with them on early-2015.[8]

Discography[edit]

With Hale[edit]

Year Title Label
2005 Hale EMI Philippines
2006 Twilight EMI Philippines
2008 Above, Over And Beyond EMI Philippines
2009 Kundiman PolyEast Records
2015 Time and Space Warner Music
For a full, detailed list, see: Hale discography

As a solo artist[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Title Certifications
2010 Synergy

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 Hanging Habagat Synergy
2011 Sa 'Yo Lang
(Feat. Julianne Tarroja)
Sari-Saring Kwento
(Feat. Gloc-9 & Noel Cabangon)
2012 It's Your Life
(Feat. Luigi D'Avola & Somedaydream)
2014 No One

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Treehouse Productions". multiply.com. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ "Hale-no-more". 
  3. ^ "Polyeast Revords releases Hale's former frontman Champ Lui Pio's solo album "SYNERGY"". myxph.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Hale frontman Champ Lui Pio samples solo single tomorrow, October 19". pep.ph. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  5. ^ "Volunteer_Champ". twitter.com. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  6. ^ ""Owl City" of the Philippines". blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Mecca Music". meccaph.com. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Hale's Secret Set At 12 Monkeys".