Lani Misalucha comes from a musical family; her mother is an opera singer, her older sister is a band vocalist and another sister plays the violin. Lani began singing professionally in the mid-1980s. Early in her career she was a band vocalist and also sang on commercials and on multiplex albums. Nearly a decade would pass before Lani decided to embark on a solo career. In the ten years since that all-important decision, Lani's powerful vocal abilities have enabled her to climb slowly but steadily to the top rung in her chosen profession, and earned her the title "Asia's Nightingale."

The year 1999 can be looked back on as a turning point in Lani's career. In that year she won the Metropop Song Festival Grand Prize with her rendition of Dodgie Simon's "Can't Stop Lovin' You." She also received accolades for her starring role in the play "Rama at Sita." And she decided to put well-known talent agent Ronnie Henares in charge of her career. In the years since, Lani has really came into her own as a live performer. She has also had success as a recording artist; to name just two of her albums, "All Heart" went gold the week after its release, and "Tunay na Mahal" spawned the popular single of the same name. But Lani remains first and foremost a concert performer. A "belter" who leaves audiences spellbound with her incredible range and sheer vocal power, she has over the past five years finally achieved the stardom she deserves, with a series of very successful shows at home and abroad. Her concerts feature many different genres of music including OPM, Broadway and jazz. She also has a great talent for imitating other singers and often will entertain the crowd with her mimicking of Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez and others.

Lani has had many great concerts, too many to list here but perhaps her greatest career achievement came in her September 2001 concert at the Araneta Coliseum. All 18,000 seats were sold out, a feat previously accomplished by only a handful of local performers. Some critics  had raised their eyebrows when it was announced that Lani would be performing in such a big venue, and Lani herself was a bit worried. When the show proved to be a sellout, Lani asked that the lights be turned on so she could see everybody, all the way up to the rafters! Her international career was also taking off. Later that year, she had successful shows with Martin Nievera in L.A., San Francisco and Atlantic City. In August 2002 her concert at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium was so well-received by the audience and critics alike that the show's producers signed Lani up for a multi-city US tour the following year.She sold out the Araneta for a second time in 2003.

Lani has also been a mainstay on Philippine TV, as a regular on SOP and as co-host of her own program, "Celebrity Turns," with Michael V.

Despite her many professional successes, Lani's career is not the most important part of her life; her family comes first. She and her husband, former PLDT exec Noli Misalucha, have two daughters and plan to have more children in the future. Noli is a pastor in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons), of which Lani is also an active member. The family recently took the big step of relocating to the US, and now lives in Las Vegas, NV. Luckily for her fans, Lani has no plans to abandon her singing career; in fact she has just scored a "first": she is the first Filipino artist to headline a six-month stint in Las vegas. She will appear at Bally's with the Society of Seven six days a week from Aug. 7, 2004 until Feb. 5, 2005. Click here for more about this show.

Lani Misalucha's official website at http://lani.eradioportal.com/ is currently being updated but you can learn a lot more about Lani in her profile at http://lani.eradioportal.com/profile.htm.


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