July 06, 2007
Alternative, Pop, Rock
Eraserheads, Eric Benet, Gary Valenciano, George Michael, Jason Mraz, Jesus Christ, Jo Anne Lorenzana, John Legend, John Mayer, Kuh Ledesma, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, Ogie Alcasid, Richard Marx, Rob Thomas, Robbie Williams, Rockapella, Stevie Wonder, Thicke, Wink
LuKas Music Philippines
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Gregory Mangindin Lorenzana, Jr., who is better known as Guji (pronounced "Goo-G") Lorenzana (born May 11, 1982 in Long Beach, California, USA), is the newest Filipino alternative rock, pop rock solo artist, to hit Philippine shores - his music as the only OPM to be dubbed as Edgy Pop.
Born in Long Beach and raised in the Bay Area, many are quick to assume that Guji Lorenzana is the typical "Am Boy" from California, complete with questionable Western values and attitudes. His choice of performing "edgy pop" music doesn't help dispel that notion either! But truth be told, Guji comes from a very traditional and religious Filipino family. "I served as an alter boy during Sunday mass till I was 18," he says.
Gregory Lorenzana, Jr. is the eldest of three, and an only boy. His father, Gregory Sr., eloped to followed his mother to the United States ... a story this self-proclaimed "mama's boy" loves to tell. "My parents are still in love," says Guji who believes that this is the reason he is a hopeless romantic.
Early on in life, Guji knew that entertainment would be his fate. During college, where he majored in Communications and Theater Arts at the University of California (Davis), he performed with HIPE - a "boy-band" once under the same management as the San Francisco-based Fil-Am group, Kai. Guji moved to New York City immediately after graduation to hone his theater skills on Broadway. A year later, he returned to California and made good money in Real Estate, never forgetting his true passion ... MUSIC.
In 2003, Guji tested his luck on American Idol Season 3 and became a Hollywood contender. As "Gregory Lorenzana," he signed-up with US-based indie label Immij Records and released "Five Days More" in 2005. The CD Single gave him the opportunity to tour with his new band, Sunday Groove, as opening act for Philippine-based artists like Kuh Ledesma and Zsa Zsa Padilla, Rica Peralejo, Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales (to name a few) in venues such as The Cow Palace, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Palace of Fine Arts, San Jose Arena, Harrahs Casino Lake Tahoe, Stardust Hotel and Casino, and a lot more.
By January of 2006, Guji bid farewell to his band, his friends, family, and the foreign land he called "home" and came to Manila headstrong to succeed on Philippine shores. In only a matter of months a self-titled CD Lite/EP was released (distributed by Ivory Records) with "ll Be Yours Forever" composed by Ogie Alcasid as the carrier single. The music video features Lougee of MOJOFLY as his leading lady.
The full-length album entitled "Without Your Love" is scheduled for release by the end of JUNE 2007, this time under AniraK Records (a subsidiary of luKas Music Philippines, distributed by Synergy Music). The music video for "Tagumpay" which is the first single off the said album was shot in scenic Ilocos and can be seen on MYX and MTV.
Guji has two TV commercials currently being aired nationwide for Hershey's Kisses and the Greenwhich fast food chain. He also participated in the Colgate Fresh Confidence Borakada Challenge which being aired currently on ASAP. Apart from these, Guji is sponsored by Penshoppe and will be continuously participating in their promotional nationwide tours.
During gigs, Guji is usually backed up by a full-band. Apart from performing original songs, Guji also treats the audience to renditions of songs by Robbie Williams ("Better Man"), Maroon 5 ("This Love" and "Sunday Morning"), Jason Mraz ("You and I Both"), Gavin Degraw ("I Don't Wanna Be"), Seal/Alanis ("Crazy"), and other rock-leaning tunes.
Official Guji Lorenzana Websites:
luKas Music * luKas Music Publishing
G/F Alfredo's Steaks Building
Tomas Morato Avenue
Quezon City 1103, Philippines
Tel: +63(2) 4137812
Fax: +63(2) 4137820
Video Diary: Guji Lorenzana's "Tagumpay" Video Shoot
By Guji Lorenzana
Thursday, 05 April 2007
California-bred Filipino singer Guji Lorenzana, out to carve a career in the Philippines, recently shot and released the music video for his new single, "Tagumpay." Using the most scenic possible locations in Ilocos, the video brought Guji to spots he never saw before, or even knew existed. He gave us permission to share his thoughts on the shoot right here on PhilMusic.
I can't help but tear up when I watch the finished product of "Tagumpay". I've seen it over and over again throughout the day and I am still in awe with how it turned out.
Tagumpay! I say it again because words are energy. As the first single and the first music video from my full length release it is only natural to start off believing in the success of the "Guji Lorenzana" project. I don't will it, want it, or need it. I already have it...and believing this makes it reality this very moment.
The shoot was a very tiresome one, both physically and emotionally. The filming was done in Ilocos, which is where my family originally comes from. It was a great feeling to be walking the same land where my ancestors once lived, and it was almost like a pilgrimage just being there, getting in touch with my real roots not just Filipino, but Ilocano.
The trip started out as a 12-hour drive north from Manila. We and the "Tagumpay" crew arrived at the first location in Currimao, Ilocos Norte early in the morning on Saturday, March 17th. We immediately began to shoot and continued throughout the day (changing location about 4 times) until sunset.
Fatigue finally set in towards the end of the day as the crew grew anxious to finish, while bugs and flying insects began to be more annoying than usual, not to mention the fact that we hadn't bathed in almost 2 days by this time. We filmed again in various locations the next day, and headed back to Manila by noon of Monday, March 19th.
The locations were amazing. I couldn't believe that the rest of the world is oblivious that something like this exists not to mention the fact that these places are here in the Philippines. I just knew that there was so much more I had to do with my life and that meant exploring more of this land which I now call home.
The food was Ilocano throughout our stay. Thanks to our location manager Al Valenciano and the Marcos family, we were able to film in private locations kept secret and away from day-to-day passers by. Al was a huge help. He is an expert historian of the land, and he knew the exact and ideal places to take us. Many of the locations didn't make it to the final edit of the music video, but maybe in a re-release, we can have the other locations as a bonus feature.
After a tiresome weekend, and a long drive back, I was brought back to reality and the realization that this life is my reality. After reviewing the final cut, I felt privileged to be doing what I love doing, and thank God that he has paved the way for all of this. When I see the video, I see what it can be and will become - and what it already is. I am made for this, and I can't help but be excited for what's next.
The long awaited LP full length album from Guji Lorenzana is near to release. Already making waves in the Philippines, this album hope to spread "edgy pop" music global. Please continue to check back for gig schedules, and request for Guji Lorenzana to come perform in your area. You can now request his music video on MYX worldwide, and MTV Philippines.