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Friday, 18 August 2017 13:08

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BY BOB JALDON

Angel Ramchand is a Zamboangueña-Filipino-American singer who is fast making a name for herself in the Tri-State area in New York. An awardee in the Performing Arts, female category, of the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League (PACCAL), and a multi-medalist in a recently-concluded 21st World Championship of Performing Arts ( WCOPA held in Long Beach, California from June 28 -July 9 2017, she is a soulful diva with a raspy singing style, that those who have had the chance to listen to her say are both haunting and different. Angel loves classical and ballad songs, and counts Amy Winehouse, Angela Bofill, Etta James, Patti Austin, and Whitney Houston, among her favorite performers.

Angel has earned praise not only for her singing prowess, but also for her support for other Filipino artists. She regularly performs with all-Filipino bands in her gigs in well-known music lounges and bars in the Tri-State area, opening up opportunities for other Filipino artists to gain access to these venues as well.

Angel was born Joan ‘Angel’ Ramchand in Zamboanga City on November 18, 1983. Her mother, Delia, is a Filipina and her father is a Zamboangueno-Filipino-Indian mestizo, Rody, one of the best drummers in the country in the 70s. Her biggest influences when she was growing up were her parents, both musicians.

Angel was just four years old when she auditioned for a singing contest on TV. Shortly thereafter, she had her first TV appearance, a duet with Filipina actress-singer Helen Gamboa, wife of actor-politician Tito Sotto. Although she appeared on various TV shows in the 80s and 90s, she grew up in Zamboanga and later moved to Manila when she got married. She has three children, now ages 7, 11 and 13.

After her marriage ended on a sad note, Angel went to the United States in 2012. She revived her singing career in late 2014, performing throughout the Tri-State area with her own band, the NU7.

NU7, with Angel as lead performer, has played along with various Filipino celebrities like Ronnie Quizon, Anna Leah Javier, LuiVillaruz, Glenn Jacinto, Jo Awayan, among others.

Angel had her first solo guest performance under VYNZ entertainment and JB Productions in January 2015. The show was top-billed by Geo Ed Rebucas, dubbed the “Male Mariah Carey of the Philippines.” It also featured Filipina-American performers Chin Gomez and Jared Babushack. The show was soldout.

VYNZ and JB Productions followed up the success of the first show with another one entitled LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE,  in time for Valentine’s Day, 2015. LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE again featured Angel with fellow Fil-Am performers Geo Rebucas and Jared Babushack and was again a huge hit.

With her fame rising, Angel became part of the Jo Awayan show held in New York at Payag Restaurant in February and March 2015. She hosted the Parokyani Edgar concert under Castellvi Productions in March 2015 at Boston, MA. She was also the front act performer for the AwiTawanan concert headlined by Filipina artists Jessa Zaragoza, Jam Morales and Fe Delos Reyes, held at Amazura Lounge, New York City, in June 2015. She again shared the stage with Fil-Am talents Geo Ed Rebucas, Gail Banawis and Kirby Asunto at the Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM)’s 25th Philippine American Friendship Grand Parade in Jersey City, NJ, later that same month.

Angel followed the success of AwiTawan with front acts for visiting Filipino artists Geneva Cruz, Sam Milby, Vina Morales, MaxeneMagalona, Jasmine Trias, Gab Valenciano, and many more. She also performed at the GMA Kapuso concert held at The Town Hall, NYC, in September 2015, with Filipino stars like Dingdong Dantes, Ai Ai Delas Alas, Christian Bautista, and Julie Ann San Jose, among others. Angel was also one of the front acts for One Magical Night, another show headlined by Kim Chiu, Xian lim, Lisa Soberano and Enrique Gil. She was also the front act at Payag for the iconic singer Florante under Castellvi Production and The Band of Brothers at D’Haven under Vynnz Production.

Angel had her first solo concert, ‘Angel Unveiled,’ in May 2015. The concert, which Angel dedicated to her children, showcased her versatility as a singer, as she sang a wide array of songs across all genres. The show was followed by another star-studded concert starring local Fil-Am talents last August 2015, dubbed Past and Present Merge, with EdlynPeregrina, and guests MigAyesa and Kirby Asunto.

Angel followed this up with sizzling performances at the “Tribute to Aegis” concert at Payag Restaurant in Woodside, NY, in November 2015, appearing together with Nodie Dalton of Expo 6 Band, and Canadian singer Rasmin. That same month, Angel performed with other Fil-Am talents in “SalamatMusika,” at D’Haven, Woodside, NY.

When December 2015 rolled around, Angel was a special guest at the “Love This Christmas” concert top-billed by Christine Love and her daughter, upcoming star Chenza Puno, again at D’Haven. A week later, she performed with local Filipino talents at the same venue in a concert to celebrate the diverse moods of the holiday season dubbed “Naughty ‘n Nice.”

It was also at D’Haven where Angel launched her first single entitled “I Would Say” in December 2015, a song written by veteran singer-composer-songwriter Archie D Dairocas, under SIRCH Production. The single is available for download from iTunes and cdbaby.

Angel capped the year with a bang at a free holiday concert at the Hudson Mall in Jersey City, NJ, on December 29, 2015, where she performed with Fil-Am talents Chin Gomez, Mark Alain Echem, Jerome Gentolia, Jelly Echon, Alyssa Jade Shoemaker, Archie D. and Maurice Mabutas, among others.

The new year was a busy one for Angel as well. She opened it up with her first performance at the acclaimed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill dubbed “The Soulful Songs of Etta James & Angela Bofill,” last January 19. (This article was compiled and sent to Behind the Lines by Zamboangueno Caloy “Sonny” Miguel, who sings every Friday night at the Krung-Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada with another Zamboangueno, Jun Saavedra. Together, they call themselves the JAS band.)