M.Y.M.P. (or MYMP, short for Make Your Momma Proud) is one of the acoustic band acts in the Philippines, which consists of 5 members. Their career started when Raymond Ryan, a station manager of iFm watched their gig and met up with a producer to produce their 2003 debut album, Soulful Acoustic, which is now Certified Platinum Record.
In 2005, MYMP released their second album titled Beyond Acoustic and third album Versions through Ivory Music. The success of the two albums prompted the re-release of their second and third albums in a 2-disc set the same year. In 2006, they released their fourth album, New Horizon, and DVD of their concert in the Music Museum. In 2008, MYMP released their last album on Ivory Music, titled Now, as the group signed a deal with Star Records.
Jacques "Chin" Alcantara former Claretian founded the band back in late 1996. It was Chin's elder brother Julius who gave the band its name. Chin's mother, Dr. Stella Lopez-Alcantara (a cardiologist), had died of complications from breast cancer when he was 17.
Back when it was originally formed, Make Your Momma Proud was a four-man rock band, whose arsenal included Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and, as Alcantara adds, a little Mr. Big. He was still a student at Miriam College then, taking up Communication Arts, major in Advertising. ?My mom played the piano but she didn?t get to see me play professionally?she did get to see me start out,? Alcantara said. In the year after his mother died, Alcantara took up the guitar and, in his words, ?really got obsessed with it and that?s when I knew what I wanted to be, a musician.? Alcantara was enjoined by his father (an investment and a private development banker) to attend classical guitar tutoring, but stopped after a month. So Alcantara taught himself how to play.
As a college band, MYMP appeared in college fairs and shows, but as they became more earnest in their intent to pursue music as a career, they encountered difficulty in lining up gigs due to their repertoire. MYMP added a keyboard player and began working on a more pop sound, completing the transformation with the addition of a female vocalist in 2000, Marifil Ni?a Girado, better known today as R&B singer Nina Girado after leaving the band to go solo. MYMP then industriously performed in bars, clubs and shows for years, building an identity.
In 2001, Alcantara handed an audition for a new female lead, and the group found Julie Iris "Juris" Fernandez. Originally from Davao, Fernandez explains she didn?t grow up exposed to music on a regular basis. Like Alcantara, Fernandez did not study music formally for long, eschewing the training to learn on her own. After graduating from Miriam, Fernandez was studying at the Ateneo, working towards completing her pre-med requirements when she decided that, like Alcantara, she wanted to immerse herself in music. After singing with Jimmy Bondoc, she fatefully auditioned for MYMP
Early career (2003-2004)
It was the trio of Alcantara, Fernandez and percussionist Mike Manahan that established the beachhead for MYMP?s frontal assault on the sales and radio charts.
Their career started when Raymond Ryan, the station manager of iFM watched their gig. Ryan met with a producer to produce their debut album, Soulful Acoustic. Ivory Records then became their recording company. MYMP's debut album was released on Ivory Music and Video's 20th anniversary. MYMP became famous with their hit songs "A Little Bit" which bagged the People's Choice "Favorite Song" Award in Awit Awards last 2004; "their own version of Sting's "Every Little Thing"; "Waiting in Vain", which was originally sung by Annie Lennox; and their originals "Miss You" and "Could Be Wrong."
The trio did click but MYMP became a duo when one of their members decided to leave the group. Manahan left the band in 2003 due to what Alcantara called ?professional differences? as well as fallout from Manahan?s breakup with Fernandez; the two were in a relationship for a while. Manahan now appears in a band named Michaelangelo with his brother. Yet, this did not stop them MYMP from sharing their music.
Versions and Beyond (2005-2008)
The duo set-up did great and as they enjoy their ride in the Philippine music scene, a new and improved MYMP had emerged, a quartet together with Andrew and John as bassist and kahonista, respectiely, as two more albums were released in a year. Beyond Acousticand Versions, both 12-track albums, were declared Certified Gold Record after less than a month.
Their hit songs are "Tell Me Where It Hurts", "Talaga Naman", "Kailan", "Get Me", "Especially For You", "Eternal Flame", which later on are used as theme songs for TV series and commercial ads.
Last , 2005, MYMP had their first major concert at the Music Museum, titled Especially For You. Due to the success of their concert, this prompted the band to have another concert at the Araneta Coliseum on , 2005, and its repeat on , 2006. Both concerts were sold-out, with each concert having more than 10,000 audience capacity. .
In 2006, they released a DVD of their concert at the Music Museum.
Now backed by keyboardist Edward Jimenez, percussionist Dexter John Angeles and bassist Aimiel Rivas, MYMP embarks on its most ambitious career step yet: a summer tour of the US West and East coasts, a development that excites Alcantara and Fernandez immensely. ?It was a dream we were thinking of fulfilling maybe five years from now,?
Alcantara said of their hot streak. Alcantara hopes to be working on their next album once they return home from the tour. His hopes came true as the group released New Horizon in 2006.
In 2008, MYMP ended their contract with Ivory Music and signed a deal with Star Records. MYMP released their last album of Ivory Music, Now.
With a new label (2009-present)
MYMP is currently working on their new album on their new label. MYMP ended the year 2008 with 2 other formidable bands in the philippine music scene, Side A and Freestyle, and took centerstage Back2Back2Back at the Araneta Coliseum on December first. People can't get enough off the sold-out concert that it had a repeat, then dubbed "Love2Love2Love" wherein all 3 bands had a fair share of the spotlight while dishing out hits of the century.Currently MYMP can be regularly seen on tube every Sunday on ASAP '09 Sessionistas together with the Soul-Siren Nina, Crooner Richard Poon, Bossa Artist Sitti Navarro, Ex-Southborder Vocalist Duncan Ramos and Asian Acoustic Sensation Aiza Seguerra.