- Smokey Mountain (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Smokey Mountain
Background = group_or_band
Genre = Pop
Years_active = 1989 - 1995
Also Known As =
Zhar Santos aka Sharon Galvez
Smokey Mountain was a Filipino
singinggroup formed by musical director, composer, and conductor Ryan Cayabyab. The original group was based in Manila, Philippines, and had James Coronel, Geneva Cruz, Jeffrey Hidalgo, and Tony Lambino as its members.
They were often dressed in ragged clothes to depict the then dire situation of the scavengers living in the garbage dump in Manila after which the group was named.
In 1989, the group released its first self-titled pop
albumthat consisted of songs revolving around social, environmental, and patriotic themes. The group's first hit, "Kailan" (When), was number one on national airwaves for eight straight weeks and the album hit gold, platinum, and double-platinum status within months of its release.
In late 1990, the group went on the "Better World" tour, performing at the
United NationsWorld Summit for Children and representing the Philippines at the 5th ASEANSong Festival in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Having to choose between formal schooling and a two-year, two album contract for release in Europe and the U.S., Lambino, Cruz, and Hidalgo left the group. Ryan Cayabyab formed a new group of the same name with last remaining original member Coronel and three new members Zhar Santos, Chedi Vergara, and Jayson Anganan. This second batch also had successful hits, such as "Da Coconut Nut" (about the benefits of the
coconutplant), "Paraiso" (literally "paradise"; ironically, about a degrading environment filled with garbage and smog), and their own version of "Kailan". They also won awards for both "Paraiso" and "Tayo Na" (Let's Go).
In around 1993, Coronel would leave the group. The remnants of the latest batch disbanded sometime later.
Cruz would later on move full time into showbiz. Lambino had stints in songwriting, musical theatre, and broadcast news, and finished undergraduate studies at the Ateneo De Manila University. He completed his masters degree at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Lambino also works at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Hidalgo completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Philippines and would go into songwriting and turn into a full-time businessman. Coronel is managing a Manila-based call center. Santos would audition in the fourth edition of the reality show "
American Idol" under the name Sharon Galvez, but was shut out of the semi-finals. Vergara would also cut a solo album of her own with some success.
*"Know You Will"
smokey mountain still stands the bests all through out.
Note that until recent years, artists in the Philippines never release stand-alone singles.
*"Can This Be Love"
*"Kahit Habang Buhay"
*"Da Coconut Nut"
* [http://www.himig.net Smokey Mountain songs and lyrics ]
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