Jo Awayan is a Filipino singer who is now based in Nothern California. She started her career in the music business in the Philippines in the late 80s. A native of Cebu, she joined a local band at an early age and became a folk singer. Later, she joined a local band which gave her an opportunity to tour around the Philippines and even abroad.
In one of her shows in Singapore, the group had a chance to meet with Randy Santiago who was then the “Concert King”. Randy offered them to become back-up.
Awayan’s group got disbanded and in 1989, Jo decided to try her luck in Manila. She went to see Randy Santiago and considered his offer to become part of his band. After she joined Randy as a backup singer, a lot of doors opened for her which gave her a chance to go solo.
Jo Awayan was dubbed as the “Queen of Lounge” singing at the Cosmo Bar, the leading music lounge back in the days.
That was the beginning of her singing career until she landed a contract with BMG Publishing and immediately became the first artist in a digitally recorded album.
Her songs include:
- I LOVE TO SING for local distributions
- COLORS OF LOVE for the International market (with other Asian Superstars)
These two albums gave Jo a nomination for “Best Female Artist” in Awit Awards.
In 2002, Jo Awayan decided to move to the United States and joined other Filipino artists in entertaining Kababayans living in the Western part of the U.S.
Awayan is such a phenominal music entertainer combined with her comedic antics which paved the way to her performances in the longest running live show at the famous Cache Creek Casino Resort in Capay Valley, California. She performed side by side with Las Vegas famed groups like Jinan Acrobats of China, Los Huincas Gauchos, Argentinian Gauchos and Charlie Frye & Company. Bruce Turgon, a former member of Foreigners Band directed the show.
She moved to Northern California and has become a favorite guest performer in major Filipino Concerts and shows in California and Las Vegas.
On December 29, 2016, usapangpinas.com and Elvie Pineda Skin Care organized a show themed “Pre-New Year Celebration 2017 featuring Rachel Lobangco B2B Jo Awayan at the Kalye Hits Bar & Restaurant located at 4161 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90004. This show will also be attended by major concert producers in the whole California.
Jo Awayan is a total performer that everyone loves to watch.
Wherever there is Jo Awayan, there is music, laughter and entertainment.