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Monday, June 17, 2013

Guji Lorenzana

Star Magic Artist and Bud Brother Guji Lorenzana or Gregory Lorenzana Jr. in real life made it on The Voice of the Philippines Blind Audition.

Guji who has had 3 albums in the past grabbed the opportunity of showing Filipinos his talent for singing through this #THEVOICEPH.

Guji grew up in Fremont San Francisco and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications with mini-minor in Theater Arts. 

His first work after college was as a 1st grade CCD Teacher (Religious Education). He then became a Sales Representative for a Japanese Conductor Company and a Real Estate Agent.

With background in theatre, he auditioned for plays on Broadway. He also regularly went on gigs with his Bay Area based Band, the Sunday Groove.

In 2004, he auditioned on the 3rd Season of American Idol. Though he didn’t make it; he still got the needed encouragement from Simon Cowell for him to continue pursuing Music. Simon told Guji that he has the voice to what it takes to make it.

A year after that, he released his 1st album ‘Five Days More’ under the USA Independent IMMIJ Records.

Then in 2006, Guji went back to Manila and released a self-titled Extended Play album under Ivory Records. Its carrier single ‘I’ll Be Yours Forever’ was written by Ogie Alcasid. He also came out with another album ‘Without Your Love’ under the Indie Label, LuKas Music Philippines, distributed by Synergy Corp. He got a nomination as Best Male Performer at the 2008 AWIT Awards for the album’s carrier single ‘Tagumpay’ which music video was used to feature the giant power generating turbines of Bangui Ilocos Norte.

Other than being in the hit Stage Play West Side Story with Christian Bautista and Karylle, he was also a Dj on Mellow 94.7 and appeared on various television commercials in the Philippines and Asia including ads for Jollibee, Selecta Ice Cream, Nescafe and Globe Telecom. His most recent commercial is with Medicol.

Guji became a household name after being paired with now real life girlfriend Kaye Abad on their successful drama series; Precious Heart Romances. He was last seen on the hit Kapamilya Gold Soap, ‘PHR Paraiso’ and in the films Suddenly Its Magic with Erich Gonzales and Thai Actor Mario Maurer and of Sarah Geronimo ‘s and John Lloyd Cruz’, ‘It Takes A Man and A Woman’.

What I like about Guji other than being talented and good looking is his eagerness to pursue his dreams and to really make it in the entertainment world. I can feel his passion. I really hope you would all get to feel what I’m trying to say as he showcases his singing voice every weekend on #THEVOICEPH.

He is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve met; humble, thoughtful, expressive and appreciative of the people supporting and loving him. Only seldom you can find an artist who has a heart more beautiful that what is already outside. I formally introduced myself to him last week after many years of being his fan. I even have this little tarp with his name on it. I’ve met him few times already, we even have pictures together but never did I have the courage to say ‘Hey I’m Morgan, I’m your fan!’ only after 5 years after having few conversations with him on twitter.

Guji is also the lead vocalist of the band Aminado and plays regularly on Craft, Aracama and 7th High in The Fort. You can tweet him @GujiLorenzana for gig dates and schedule.

Hopefully, I get to arrange a one on one exclusive interview with him soon. So watch out for that. Here are photos I took last week at Craft Bar in The Fort. (Click on the photo to view larger)

Special Credit to kayji.webs.com/‎ for some of the info I got.