Lani Misalucha Best Singer in 27th Annual Best of Las Vegas

by Cynthia De Castro/

LOS ANGELES – Filipina singer Lani Misalucha, dubbed Asia’s Nightingale, was voted Best Singer in the recently concluded 27th annual Best of Las Vegas poll. Conducted by The Las Vegas Review-Journal, almost 8,000 total votes were cast and tallied in this year’s poll. There were two picks for best singer; the readers’ pick was Celine Dion and the staff pick was Lani Misalucha.

Born in Manila,Philippines, Lani holds shows at the Flamingo Las Vegas with the veteran Hawaiian variety troupe Society of Seven – SOS. Misalucha’s full-throated style and wide range have been frequently compared to those of popular divas such as Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2004, she has been called the New Siren of the Strip. She possesses a comedic flair and can effectively impersonate above-named divas as well as Gladys Knight, Toni Braxton, Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Beyonce Knowles, and Britney Spears.

Born into a musical family, Lani started joining various bands at age 17 as a vocalist or back-up singer. After obtaining a degree in Business Management from the Philippine Christian University, Lani married Noli Misalucha, an IT expert and Mormon pastor with whom she has two kids, Lian and Louven.

In 1996, Misalucha made a breakthrough with the song “Ang Iibigin ay Ikaw” which was a finalist at the Metropop Song Festival and later conferred the Awit Award for Record of the Year. In 1998, she won acclaim outside the country when she was awarded the Best Interpreter/Singer Award at the 3rd Asian Song Festival. Misalucha received the Grand Prize at the 1999 Metropop Song Festival Artist of the Year Award. In that same year, she won the Aliw Award for Best Lounge Act, Awit Award for Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist, and Awit Award Nomination for Best Stage Actress.

Misalucha was hailed as Aliw Awardee for Best Female Performance in Music Lounges, Bars, Clubs & Restaurants for four consecutive years, 1999-2002. She became a semi-regular host in the Sunday noontime show SOP (Sobrang Okey Pare) in 2001, along with other top artists. Her first major solo concert in September 2001 at the Araneta Coliseum entitled, “Lani Misalucha, The Crossover Live Tour” was packed to the rafters by over 18,000 fans. In that same year, Misalucha received the Aliw Award for Best Major Concert by a Female Artist and the Tinig Award for Best Solo Performer. Her Crossover Live Concert album received the Platinum Award.

In 2002, she bagged the Aliw “Entertainer of the Year” award, and two Katha awards — Best Folk Song Vocal Performance and Best Traditional Song Vocal Performance. She also held her first US Concert Tour that year, performing in Reno, San Diego, Washington, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Atlantic City, Pasadena, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. of San Francisco declared August 17 “Lani Misalucha Day” to give due recognition to her talent as an artist.

In 2004, after being granted a US visa as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability,” Misalucha relocated with her whole family to the United States.

In no time, Lani became the first Asian to headline in a Main Showroom of the Las Vegas Strip, performing with Hawaii’s Society of Seven at the Jubilee Theatre of Bally’s. Her stint at Bally’s ran for 15 months from August 7, 2004 to February 5, 2006, after which she and the Society of Seven moved to the Main Showroom of the Flamingo starting last August 2006. They will be staying on at the Flamingo till April 13.



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6 responses to “Lani Misalucha Best Singer in 27th Annual Best of Las Vegas

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  2. vin

    LANI MISALUCHA is truly a world class talent…she truly deserve the award…more power to the Phillipines pride…Hopefully her incomparable talent will soar high!

  3. felix

    naiwan na ng husto ni lani misalucha si regine velasquez, and im sure insecure nanaman si regine, kasi hindi makapag penetrate internationally si regine, although we cannot deny the fact that regine velasquez has the powerful voice than lani, pero si lani misalucha may variation ng boses na hindi kaya ni regine. sayang kung hindi sya napako sa channel 7 sanay nasa amerika na sya at sikat narin si regine.kung natuloy lang ang paglipat nya sa channel 2,bibigyan sya ng kaliwat kanang concert sa labas ng bansa para ma recognize internationally, although kilala na sya ng ibang international artist pero hindi parin sapat yon ang gusto nating pinoy maging known siya katulad ni lani sa amerika, dahil kaya ka nga naging singer para maregognize sa buong mundo, kung ako kay regine punta ka na ng amerika,go iwan mo ang television,o kapuso network tapos saka mo balikan ang channel 7 pagsikat ka na di ba,kasi dito ka lang nila papasikatin magconcert ka man sa amerika ay sa filipino community nga lang hindi sila makikipag usap sa mga international recording company.baka maunahan kapa ni lani misalucha na makapag perform sa oscar kung ang isasagot ni regine ay okay na siya sa career nya at okay na sya sa mga paconsta constalation of stars sa sop eh okay lang, ang saakin lang ay advise.kasi maka regine ako sa totoo lang, kaya lang naturn off ako sa kanya kasi gumawa sya ng parang gimik na kesyo lilipat ng ibang channel eh hindi naman pala sya lilipat, eh hindi naman siya pinalilipat ng channel 7? parang tinakam nya lang ang channel2 kasi alam nya kukunin agad sya ng channel2 para saakin nabawasan ang paghanga ko kay regine,kasi kung lilipat ka lilipat ka di ba.pero okay lang gusto parin sya, pero masgusto ko na ngayon si lani misalucha kasi nag take ng risk sa career. at proud to be kapamilya.

  4. nets

    pinoy k talga felix! grabe idol, pwe! bat klangang craan ang iba, y do u need 2 compare? they r frends don’t u knw dat? GO LANIE! u’r 1 of d best! more power!

  5. nets

    d me maka-regine but i respect d fact dat dami xang fans… hello! billy crawford – d pinasikat yan ng dos! hinasa xa ng 7. si charice – d po xa pinasikat ng dos! pinasikat xa nong ngpost sa youtube…ung nagpost ng kanta nya na d nanalo… hehehe d irony kht klan “PUROS ESTE MADALAS LANG NAMAN IN FAIRNESS” questionable lagi result ng mga contests mapagame or talent show sa dos magresearch k nga! ok sana show nila, nga lang hinahaluan p kc ng kalokohan… tsk Pinoy!

  6. krizta

    I really like Regine Velasquez … it was very disappointing though na di sya lumipat sa ABS-CBN. I used to have GMA-7 but got disappointed with their shows and constant paninira sa ibang channel. What I don’t understand is kung bakit ang mga artista in pinas now are sooo segregated na unlike before na ke-ABS-CBN or GMA … puede sila mag-guest & etc. I think both stations are only thinking of their own investments and not the truly helping the talents of their actors, actresses & singers. Kasi they don’t get the full exposure kse kapag “Kapamilya” sila then they only get the exposure from Kapamilya viewers … same thing goes with “Kapuso”. And kung international ang pag-uusapan … ABS-CBN really is doing so much better internationally than GMA. That’s a fact and not just paninira. I wish lahat ng mga artista will be smart enough to know yung limitations ng exposure nila being stuck to just one station. I can’t wait for Regine & Lani’s concert! Peace Out! Go Kapamilya!

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