By Jeffrey O. Valisno, Sub-Editor

Giving it another shot

Posted on January 25, 2013

Concert Nina Reborn Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Complex, Greenhills, San Juan

AFTER MAKING history in 2009 by becoming the first female recording artist in the country to achieve the coveted diamond record award (sales of her third album Nina Live! exceeded 300,000 units), Nina seemed to have fallen off the pop radar.

She quit her stint as a regular performer in the Sunday afternoon musical variety program ASAP and switched recording companies, from Warner Music Philippines to Universal Records, to bring the needed jolt to her career.

But her efforts proved to be futile after her next album was released to mixed reviews in 2011, and was less successful commercially than her earlier CDs.

To prove that she still has what it takes, Nina is returning to the concert stage after almost a year with a special one-night gig tonight at the Music Museum in San Juan.

Aptly titled Nina Reborn, the concert marks several milestones in her 10-year career. It marks her first concert as a recording artist under Viva Records, after signing a five-year contract last year. It also is her first concert as a talent of the management company Viva Artists Agency, joining the ranks of Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista and Anne Curtis-Smith, among others.

“I am very happy with how Viva is handling my career,” Nina earlier told reporters.

Directed by Paul Basinilio, the concert will see Nina performing her hits and the singles from her latest album, All Good.

All Good
, which marks Nina’s first release under Viva Records, features new songs by Filipino composers including Vehnee Saturno (“Maybe It’s Too Soon), Jimmy Borja (“Pinilit Kong Limutin Ka”), Archie Dairocas (“Mahal na Mahal Kita”), and Toto Sorioso (“All Good”).

The album also features Nina’s versions of “Perfect” (originally by True Faith), “Hurting Inside” (by Vanna Vanna), and “Don’t Say Goodbye” (by Pops Fernandez).

Born Marifil Nina Girado on Nov. 1, 1980 in Pasay City, Nina started her career joining various singing competitions while imitating her idols like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

After she finished a degree in accountancy at Miriam College, she joined various bands until Ricky Ilacad, former managing director of Warner Music Phils., heard her demo tape containing her versions of Steve Perry’s “Foolish Heart,” Toni Braxton’s “Breathe Again,” and Phil Collins’s “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).”

Mr. Ilacad was said to have been so impressed with Nina’s voice that he wanted to sign her up without even meeting her yet.

In the last quarter of 2002, Nina released her debut album, Heaven.

She went on to release the singles “Heaven” and “2nd Floor” from the album. But it was her third single, “Jealous,” which sparked Nina’s career.

“Jealous” became Nina’s first No. 1 hit, topping various charts for weeks. The single also earned Nina the Best New Artist award from both the Awit Awards, and the MTV Pilipinas Music Awards.

Tickets for Nina Reborn cost P3,000; P2,000; and P1,000. Call TicketWorld at 891-9999 for details.