Born 5 January 1981.

Filipino R&B singer


Melanie C. Alvarez (née Calumpad; born 5 January 1981), better known by her stage name Kyla, is a critically acclaimed Filipino R&B singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer, occasional actress, and presenter.

Known as the "R&B and Soul Princess" and occasionally, the Philippines' "Queen of R&B", Kyla is one of the country's most awarded singers. She began her career in 2000 with OctoArts EMI Philippines and rose to prominence with the release of her second single "Hanggang Ngayon" (English translation: "Until Now"). The song went on to win the MTV Viewers' Choice at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, making Kyla the only Filipina and one of only three Filipino artists (Eraserheads and Parokya ni Edgar being the other two) to ever win an award at the VMAs. Kyla has released a total of eight studio albums to date, all of which were certified Platinum albums. In Asia, the R&B royalty, has sold over 1 million albums since her debut in 2000.

Kyla has collaborated with many international artists including American R&B singers Brian McKnight and Keith Martin, British boy band Blue, Irish musician Ronan Keating, Norwegian band Fra Lippo Lippi, Indonesian R&B singer Joeniar Arief, and Malaysian artists Too Phat, Noryn Aziz, Ferhad, and Hazami. Kyla is currently managed by EMI Philippines (PolyEast Records), ALV Talent Circuit, and Tarra Group (Indonesia).

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