Thursday, 7 October 2010

The CompanY: 25 Years and Counting


The CompanY
L-R:  Annie Quintos, Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado,
Jay Marquez and Cecile Bautista
The vocal harmony act The Company has a repertoire which  alternates from rhythm & blues; mainstream & smooth jazz; to pop and rock.This versatile and talented quintet had their beginnings in 1985 when alumni of the Ateneo College Glee Club (my brother-in-law Mark Sta. Maria is also an alumni of that same glee club) decided to form the group.  
Initially, they sang as backup vocalists to a number of 1980s pop stars before turning professional.  Through the years, they underwent a number of personnel changes (including a major change in 2005).  Today, the group is composed 3 ladies; Sweet Plantado (soprano), Annie Quintos (soprano/alto) and Cecile Bautista (alto), and 2 guys; Jay Marquez (tenor) and Moy Ortiz (tenor 2/bass and the quintet's general manager). 
Aside from doing the concert rounds, they have also recorded 19 albums (the latest, Lighthearted, just this March).  Now on their 25th year, they have also shared the stage with international solo artists such as Basia, Jim Brickman, Michael Buble, John Ford Coley, David Pack, Noel Pointer, Kenny Rankin  and Steve Tyrell, and fellow groups such as Ambrosia, Kalapana, The Manhattan Transfer and Survivor. In 2006, they were also involved in the highly-rated ABS-CBN TV series, the Pinoy Dream Academy. 

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