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|Birth name||Miguel Alfonso Ramon Legarda Ayesa|
12 January 1970 |
|Labels||Decca Records (2005–present)|
|Associated acts||Randy Badass and the Slickmaster Five, Lovetown, The Honkies, The Riva Band|
Miguel Alfonso Ramon Legarda "MiG" Ayesa (born 12 January 1970) is a Filipino-Australian rock singer and actor.
Life and career
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Ayesa was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Sydney. Ayesa was studying communications at Macquarie University in Sydney when he was offered the role of Ritchie Valens in the theatre production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. He decided to put his studies on hold and went on tour with the production all across Australia. He has since performed in theatres, commercials, television series and film. He has also been a part of several bands Randy Badass and the Slickmaster Five, Lovetown, The Honkies and The Riva Band.
Ayesa moved from Sydney to London in 2001 to look for a publishing company for his material. Brian May from the band Queen took an interest in his work and they worked on a collaboration with his band MiGnition. Ayesa played the character of 'Galileo Figaro' in the musical We Will Rock You, which is based entirely on Queen material. He also appeared in Rent by Jonathan Larson on London's West End in 2002 playing the role of 'Angel' at The Prince of Wales theatre.
Ayesa is also known for working in the role of the money-grubbing landlord, 'Joe', in the kids television show The Ferals on the ABC. He also had a bit part in the film Queen of the Damned as a vampire who was out to kill Lestat for spreading vampire secrets. He also played Danny Zuko in Grease.
Ayesa married dancer/actress Simone De La Rue in 2002.
Ayesa was also a competitor of CBS television series Rock Star: INXS to be the new lead singer of INXS and was one of the final three contestants along with runner-up Marty Casey and winner J. D. Fortune. While Ayesa got off to a shaky start with his version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", he quickly recovered and became a front runner with versions of "Live and Let Die" and "Baby, I Love Your Way", receiving third place in the world-wide competition.
Ayesa was then quickly signed by Decca/Universal Music Group and his self-titled debut CD was released in the USA, Canada, Australia, Philippines and New Zealand in 2007. In the final months of 2007 Ayesa returned to the stage as 'Galileo Figaro' in the International Tour of 'We Will Rock You' successfully completing runs in New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, finishing in Bangkok with his debut CD being released in those respective countries. The video for 'She Loved' was also released and is now being aired on MTV Asia and Channel V.
Ayesa appeared in Handel's Messiah Rocks in 2008, which was released on CD/DVD fall of 2009, as well as airing as a PBS-TV special across the USA.
Ayesa launched the 'call to arms' global campaign United As One in 2009, helping raise awareness and desperately needed funds to the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Ondoy, and consequently by following typhoons that continue to cause devastating floods.
Ayesa made his Broadway debut in Burn The Floor in Jan 2010, as well as toured with the show to Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, and USA. September 2010, Ayesa opened the 1st National Tour of Rock of Ages, as the legendary rocker 'Stacee Jaxx'. March 2011, Ayesa returned to Broadway to reprise his role as 'Stacee Jaxx' for the show's reopening at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
August 2011, Ayesa releases his second album entitled 'More Than Ever'. Ayesa's newly released album is a culmination of years of determination and heralds the coming of age of this recording artist.
December 2011, Ayesa returned to London to reprise his role in Thriller Live.
February 2013, Ayesa reprised his role as 'Galileo Figaro' for the 2013 We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour, successfully completing runs in Finland, Denmark, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
June 2013, Ayesa returned to the Philippines for Rock of Ages, the 'repeat run' in which he played legendary rocker 'Stacee Jaxx', and also in October 2014, for a third season.
February 2014, Ayesa performed The Music of Queen - Rock and Symphonic Spectacular in Sydney and Perth with fellow former We Will Rock You cast members Michael Falzon, Amanda Harrison and Carly Thomas-Smith. The concert series began on 7 February 2014 followed by two performances on 8 February at Sydney Opera House, before three performances in Perth, Western Australia (Joondalup Resort, Riverside Theatre and Boardwalk Theatre) with the Perth Symphony Orchestra. All three of the Opera House performances sold out and the Perth shows were at capacity, including an 8000-person event for the City of Joondalup at the Joondalup Resort.
November 2014, Ayesa announced the launch of his new TV travel reality show Fil It Up. Co-hosted with Sophie Sumner, this show will air in January 2015. In conjunction with this, Ayesa released the new video for 'United As One'.
November 2014, Ayesa is also in the process of working on new material for an upcoming album.
Ayesa's major label debut, the self-titled album MiG, was set for release on Decca on 10 April 2007. This album has already been released in Australia and the Philippines. The CD is a collection of classic and contemporary rock and roll staples, showcasing Ayesa's interpretations of his favourite songs.
A single, "Baby, I Love Your Way", with Peter Frampton on acoustic guitar, was released on 22 August 2006 to Yahoo Music, and 29 August to other internet music sites. Exclusive to the US and Canadian release are three original songs, written by Ayesa and (Matthew Wilder), "She Loved", "Could It Be" and "You and I".
|2007||MiG (US version)||Decca Records||–|
- Oliver Oliveros (13 October 2011). "MiG Ayesa To Reprise 'Stacee Jaxx' in ROCK OF AGES Manila". Broadway World.com. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Kristy Symonds (8 December 2013). "He Will Rock You". The Sunday Times. p. 97.
- Justin Bianchini (21 November 2013). "Concert will rock resort". Joondalup Weekender. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
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- "The Music Of Queen". MPAC. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
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- Dionne Christian (10 June 2014). "Theatre preview: Annie, The Civic". NZ Herald. NZME. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
- Bhakthi Puvanenthiran (4 January 2015). "Australian star of Michael Jackson 'Thriller' show says it's a dream come true". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 August 2016.