Marifil Nina Barinos Girado-Enriquez born November 1, , known professionally as Nina , is a Filipina singer, occasional songwriter, record producer, TV and radio personality. She made her recording debut in after signing a recording contract with Warner Music Philippines. The album earned her the first ever Diamond award for a female OPM artist.
In , she released her self-titled album  which earned her the most nominations eight for the Awit Awards. The album was both critically and commercially successful. She signed a recording deal with Universal Records in , and represented her country in the Pattaya International Music Festival a year later. In a career spanning over a decade, Nina was cited as the artist who popularized the acoustic phenomenon in the Philippines. It holds the record for best-selling live album and best-selling Filipino album of the s, also making Nina the first female Diamond recipient in the Philippine music scene.
Her parents raised her in Quezon City together with her siblings Dewanne, who is member of the band Lipstick, King , who is also a singer, and Patrick, who is a musical director. When Nina was five years old, she started singing in a corner of a room and her father noticed it.
Like the traditional technique of vocalization, she was submerged into a drum of water while belting out her high notes. Filbert's plans for Nina have changed when she grew older.
Instead of a professional music career, he wanted his daughter to earn college degree , and to join him in the United States to find work. She took up Accountancy at Miriam College , since she was good at numbers. Her father insisted that she would take up Law as a latter course. Because of too much love for singing, she disobeyed her father and joined different bands.
He eventually gave up on trying to stop her, and just told her to maintain good grades. She did get good grades, and was even a consistent dean's lister.
At seventeen, Nina became a vocalist of the XS band. Ricky Ilacad, who was managing director of Warner Music Philippines at that time, heard the demo and immediately wanted to sign her up even without seeing or hearing her in person. In the last quarter of , Nina released her debut album under Warner Music , entitled Heaven , alongside her first single of the same title. This is surely her strongest point and it is really a blessing to know that she can skillfully wield her vocals to conform to the demands of every song.
In December , " 2nd Floor " was released as a radio-only single. The song was a critical acclaim, being described by critics as "proof of Nina's musicality.
It did not top the local charts, but peaked inside the top five. In October , the album was re-released when it reached the double platinum mark. The song peaked inside the top five of charts. It reached the top ten of local charts, but is considered to be her least successful single at the time. Biyahe Tayo! The campaign was founded for the promotion of Philippine Tourism. She is the only Asian artist featured on the album.
In , Nina temporarily broke away from the urban-influenced sound to record covers of classic love songs. She came out with her first live album, Nina Live! According to her, the idea of a live album started when Warner saw her performing on different bars and lounges. It peaked at number one on local charts for twelve consecutive weeks, becoming Nina's biggest hit to date. Before the second single was released, Nina Live!
The song features her highest recorded vocal register in full chest voice to date. Nina Live! In a review, Titik Pilipino stated "this album only proves that Nina can do wonderfully with covers. Nina released her self-titled fourth album  in August She decided to release a self-titled album due to the fact that she has already established her name as an artist, and would like the public to know her as who she really is.
She also admitted that Nyoy Volante was an inspiration for the album, saying "[Volante's compositions] were just so beautiful and inspiring that eventually I was encouraged to create an all-original album. The Philippine Daily Inquirer described the song as "introspective, traffic-stopping [ In August , Nina was chosen by Sean Lim, director of sci-fi indie film Xenoa , to record the theme song, " Collide ", for the movie.
It is also considered to be a product of her Very Manilow concert at the Music Museum. In , Nina released another cover album, where Warner collaborated with Diane Warren for the second time. During the interview, she was officially tagged as the "Asia's Soul Siren.
The following year, Oliver issued several checks as payment for their debt. Some of the checks, however, bounced, she said. They later gave her nineteen postdated checks which were signed by Oliver. In September , Nina released her fifth studio album, Renditions of the Soul , another cover album which came from her special weekly acoustic radio show of the same title which aired on Wave The album gave her record-producing debut when she produced all the album's tracks herself. Warner held a sing-along contest for Nina fans and the winner got the chance to be on the single's music video.
The video barely features her, and just shows some of her photos from the Renditions of the Soul album photo shoot. The album was commercially successful, being able to reach Platinum status in July despite having the least promotion. Nina immediately stated in an interview that she deserves the award, and that there was no conflict between her and Geronimo.
The Diamond Soul Siren. In , she was named as the best-selling female recording artist of by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. She denied the allegations, saying that her former P. Late in , Nina revealed that she was recording a studio album set for release in mid-January It also performed well commercially, becoming Nina's first chart-topper since They give us schedules that are not really followed. When it's already okay, then they cancel it.
On May 8, , Nina signed a five-year recording deal with Viva Records , following the expiration of her contract with Universal. However, she has already signed under Universal at the time. Shortly after her separation with the label, she transferred to Viva with the help of Geleen Eugenio. Because I myself, honestly, don't know much about acting. So if ever I will star in a movie, I'm not half-baked, I'll be prepared.
And also for myself, I want to be prepared, especially if I'm heading straight into a new direction. In the last quarter of , she was given a weekly segment on TV5 variety show Wil Time Bigtime entitled "InstaJam," and was promoted to regular performer in for the segment entitled "Mini Concierto," under the show's new title Wowowillie. It was described to having a "strong melody [that is] somewhat influenced by high-recall Tagalog songs of the yesteryears.
On March 3, "Hurting Inside" was released as a promotional single, accompanied by a lyric video published on Viva Records' official YouTube page. In February , Nina made a special appearance on the 20th-year anniversary of variety show ASAP where her performance of " Vision of Love " with fellow singers Juris and Kyla became a trending topic in social media.
I have people in my life who are also into their privacy. LLO , entitled "Ikaw ang Bida. She announced returning to Warner for release of her eighth studio album. Clarion, supposedly for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino , and was released in September Since she entered the Philippine music industry in , Nina has been compared to Mariah Carey  due to her similarity to Carey's vocal range and musical style.
In the end, I want to be acknowledged as a singer of my own brand of music. Aside from singing, she also plays instruments, saying "I play a little bit of the guitar and the piano. She credits her brother, King, for her interest on it.
She can also play the acoustic guitar but prefers the keyboard, believing that it is her key to becoming a composer. If I want to eat ice cream , I have to let it melt first or else microwave it. She expressed herself in a statement, saying "I can say that the songs I sing in my albums very much represent who I am [ Music critics shared the same opinion on Nina's vocal ability. Professional writer-editor Ginnie Faustino-Galgana stated "There is no doubt that Nina is one talented singer. Her vocal range is decidedly wide. Her voice itself has proven itself youthful and adaptable to any beat.
She renders her songs with emotion and soul, thus made her the Soul Siren. Nina has recorded music videos with dance steps and professional choreography, including her singles " Heaven " , " Make You Mine " , " I Do " and " Dance " She has also incorporated dancing in her song numbers during live concerts and stage performances, notably in Nina Just Wanna Have Fun and Nina Reborn Nina's choreography consists of various genres, including pop and ballroom dance. Judge Audie Gemora was impressed with her performance, commenting that she both sings and dances cleanly, while World Ballroom Champion and judge, Ednah Ledesma, congratulated Ibo for bringing out the best in Nina.
Another judge, Regine Tolentino, reacted positively and thought that she and Ibo took their dance to another level. The episode aired on December 2, She received positive comments and opinions from the judges, which led her to be the winner, sharing the title with Sitti. In , Nina was honored as the Singing Ambassador of Goodwill by the Center for Pop Music Philippines for performing for the less-fortunate institutions, fund-raising concerts and inspirational talks to students.
She was vocally coached by Regine Velasquez and was asked to do an impromptu whistle as her solo part on the song. All proceeds from the sale of the song went towards the disaster relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross and Gawad Kalinga.