Joey Albert

Joey Albert is a Filipino pop and jazz singer, musician, lyricist, and songwriter. An alumna of St. Theresa's College and Assumption San Lorenzo, she began her professional singing career in 1982, right after winning the Dream Girl Filipina contest in The Party, a television program hosted by Ariel Ureta over Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation-Channel 2 (now ABS-CBN Channel 2). Soon after, Albert became a member of the The New Minstrels-3rd Generation, a popular Philippine show band during the 1970s and the 1980s. Apart from Albert, The New Minstrels also produced many other outstanding musical artists. As a solo performer, Albert signed up initially with OctoArts International (now PolyEast Records) in 1984. Her first single, Gerry Paraiso's "Over and Over" (recorded January 1984), enjoyed tremendous airplay in local and national radio stations. OctoArts International released Louie Ocampo and Allan Ayque's "Tell Me", for which she received a Gold Record Award from the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry.[citation needed] Subsequently, Albert received the Best Female Vocalist trophy during the 1985 Cecil Awards, the Philippine Music Industry Awards in the 1980s. "Tell Me" established Albert as a major Filipino musical artist. Apart from "Over and Over" and "Tell Me", Albert's first album (Joey Albert) produced another hit, Robert More's "A Million Miles Away". "Say You're Mine", on the other hand, predated the acoustic trend in the Philippines. Albert completed five more albums for OctoArts International: Touch of Love (1984), Expressions (1985), Joey (1986), Maligayang Pasko (1987) and Mixed Emotions (1988). These albums produced many hits, including Louie Ocampo–Freddie Santos collaborations like "Memories" (recorded January 1984), "Points of View" (duet with Pops Fernandez, recorded January 1984) and "Yakapin mo ako" (recorded November 1985).[citation needed] Other hits included Jose Mari Chan's "I remember the boy" (recorded November 1985), Louie Ocampo and Jim Millbower's "Without you" (recorded November 1986), Louie Ocampo and Joey Albert's "Ikaw lang ang mamahalin" (recorded November 1986), Ray-Ann Fuentes's "Porma ng porma" (recorded September 1988), Tony Perez and Allan Ayque's "Back in my arms" (recorded September 1988), Louie Ocampo, Joey Albert and Janice de Belen's "It's over now" (recorded November 1985), Louie Ocampo and Joey Albert's "You threw it all away" (recorded November 1986) and Sunny Ilacad and Joey Albert's "Na sabihin mo" (recorded November 1985). Albert moved to Dyna products Inc. in 1990. Her first album for the company, entitled Joey Albert, included commercial and artistic hits "Only a mem'ry" and "Roses in the rain", "How can I make you see", "Paano Sasabihin", "Sa akong pagbabalik", and "Iisa pa lamang". At the 1990 Awit Awards telecast, she received twin nominations as Best Female Vocalist of the Year for "Only a mem'ry" and "Iisa pa lamang". She won for "Only a mem'ry". Her career was interrupted by serious illnesses. After surviving cervical cancer in 1995, Albert was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. She underwent successful surgery in July 2003 and completed chemotherapy in March 2004. Since she migrated to Canada[1] in 1994, Albert has been living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband Vicente Pacis III and their two children. She hosts the Joey Albert Show on Filipino—Canadian television.

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