Jazz singer Jacqui Magno recalls early years


Posted at Jul 03 2014 08:34 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2014 06:38 PM

Jacqui Magno

MANILA -- Jazz artist Jacqui Magno never expected to end up as a professional singer.

In an interview on DZMM on Thursday, Magno said that while singing has always been her hobby, she originally wanted to become a psychologist or geologist.

"Hindi ko akalain na I would end up being a singer. That was never in my wildest dreams," she said, recalling that her friends would tell her that it is a sin not to share her talent given that she sings really well.

Magno had always been part of her school's glee club as a soloist. She also joined inter-collegiate contests and was part of a group who did benefit shows for charitable institutions.

Her career as a professional singer started when she was a freshman in college.

"Dati may smoking lounge sa Maryknoll College (Miriam College), so andun ako. May nakita akong gitara, hiniram ko tapos kumanta ako," Magno recalled.

After her performance, an upperclassman asked her to join their school production, which turned out to be a major concert, attended by students from other schools.

"The next day, my classmate told me: My brother heard you and asked me to ask you if you can be a singer sa banda nila," Magno recalled.

Thus, Magno became the female singer of Genesis Band, along with Basil Valdez.

But her career as a singer was cut short when she fell in love, and got pregnant.

"While I was three months pregnant, I bumped into Basil (Valdez) again, and he invited me to join his band," she narrated.

That music group was the legendary Circus Band. She resumed her singing career three months after giving birth to her first child.

At that time, however, she felt as if her heart was not into music.

"I was not very dedicated (to the band) so I was kicked out. There were times na may rehearsal, but I wanted to spend time with my family. I wanted to be a mother," Magno explained.

For the second time, she left singing and focused on her family. She also tried other activities, and even became a missionary at one point.

But it seems lMagno was destined to be a singer and she eventually went back to making music after trying different career paths. "After a few years, I guess, dun na ako napadpad," she said.

Magno will be celebrating her upcoming birthday with a concert, "Moonlight and Love Songs," on July 26 at the Palacio de Maynila Tent in Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

Joining her are Mel Villena, the AMP Big Band, Rannie Raymundo and John Lesaca.

Magno, who is know for her jazz numbers, promised to perform both old and new songs.