Gary Granada


Gary Granada is a name synonymous to musical excellence in Filipino music Critics recognize him as a poet-songwriter and an excellent musical performer. His two decades of songwriting would mark Gary Granada as probably the most prolific Filipino songwriter in this century. His achievements as performing artist and pioneering producer attest to his musical expertise. A native of Maco, Davao, Gary Granada has successfully captured national acclaim and attention, and he continues to venture into varied musical genre from ‘Pinoy folk’ to rock ‘n roll.

Gary Granada’s music awards are numerous. The most recent major award was for the song Mabuti Pa Sila, grand prize awardee in the 1998 Metropop Song Festival. Gary also won the 1988 KBP Musicfest with the social-conscience-stirring Bahay, and again the 1984 Metropop for the song Salamat, Salamat Musika. In 1989, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Songwriting Contest awarded the top prize to Gary’s Earthkeeper.

Gary Granada has performed for audiences at musical venues such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the University of the Philippines University Theatre, Concert at the Park and Paco Park Presents. He also visited the United States, Japan, Australia, and Korea for cultural exchange programs and international music festivals.

Gary composed noteworthy advertising jingles such as Pamilya for Jollibee Foods, Bangon Na for Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Mag-impok sa Bangko for Central Bank of the Philippines, and the list includes award-winning jingles such as the 1986 Ad of the Year Alay Mo, Buhay Ko for UNICEF, 1991 Anvil Awardee Tagumpay Nating Lahat for PLDT, 1997 Catholic Mass Media Awardee Lakbayin ang Pilipinas for the Department of Tourism. In 1998, Gary’s voice was featured in his Beer na beer Iba Na Ang Pinoy jingle. Also, Bukas, Paglaki Ko for Nutroplex, and a PLDT centennial theme remake of Tagumpay Nating Lahat. Gary’s jingle, Boksingerong Pilipino, was created as a theme for the Asiad-bound RP Power Boxers and will soon be the theme for a multimedia campaign to support the country’s boxing sport.

Gary has produced numerous albums, a number of them for major record labels, and recorded 25 albums for his indie label, Backdoor Records. He has written more than 300 songs on diverse subjects, from gospel, love, and environmental concerns, to political and satirical insights. He has also composed two full orchestra pieces, God’s Rainbow and Minor Prophets, also enjoying consistent airplay over classical music stations. The list also includes a musical on the hero Jose Rizal, recorded in a double album and released on the centennial of the hero’s martyrdom. Gary has also been commissioned to write and record his song Ngayong Gabi for the 50th Philippine Anniversary Album of UNICEF.

In 1996, Gary finished writing the libretto and music for the rock opera Lean, based on the life of murdered youth activist Leandro Alejandro, and first staged at the UP Theatre in 1997. While writing the libretto, Gary took short breaks to compose Mabuti Pa Sila, which he performed and was later awarded the grand prize in the 1998 Metropop Songfest. In the same period, Gary also wrote and produced the 1997 hits singles Pag Nananalo/Pag Natatalo ang Ginebra, now classic favorites among Pinoy basketball fans. Pag Natatalo ang Ginebra, recorded by Gary in the album Barangay, was later given a finalist recognition by the 1998 Awit Awards. Two songs from the same album were given recognition by the 1998 KATHA Music Awards, Best Country Song for Asin, and Song of the Year Finalist Huwag Kang Mangako ng Kailanpaman.

Gary Granada is maintaining his Manila office, Infomatrix Media Planners, through which concert bookings and media assignments for him are coursed. The same office manages Backdoor Records, where Gary continues to produce his own works and the works of musicians involved in social and developmental work.

Gary accepted the job of managing Spiral Music, a new pop music record label in the market for fresh pop artists who will enjoy first claim on recording Gary Granada original pop songs.

Infiniti Music of GMA Network signed up Gary Granada as a recording artist. His first album Kahit Ako’y Mahirap, has been released and Gary has starred in two music videos from the album.

La Tondeña’s 1999 campaign for the new Barangay Ginebra is anchored on Gary’s hit songs about the basketball team. Gary is now starring in a 60 second music video-ad and a 30 second testimonial ad about the popular barangay.

Gary Granada has also turned to television hosting as he leads a group of young journalists on Kids To Go, a daily TV show on RPN9.  {mos_ri}


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