The country’s premier wedding band
3rd Avenue’s reputation as a versatile, savvy, and crackerjack band has earned them a well-deserved claim as The Country’s Premier Wedding Band. Not only are they seen serenading couples in weddings, but they are also seen giving life in myriads of corporate events and parties in famous bars and restaurants around the metro.
The band and their music
Awit Awards People’s Choice as the Favorite New Group, 3rd Avenue started as an acoustic band of three in 2000. For the love of music, the acoustic trio performed in weddings as well as in different bars and restaurants. They also joined varied competitions such as the 2004 Nescafe De-Wired 2 Acoustic Band Competition and Songwriting contest wherein they won second place. After seven years, the group expanded and became a full show band paving their way to more and better performances.
In 2007, 3rd Avenue was given a big break when they released their debut album, “3rd Avenue: In Time.” Barnyard Music produced the album while Universal Records distributed it locally. The hit album is an 11-track CD that features ten original songs and one remake. Included in the album is their first single, “Aking Hiling,” which became a hit when it became the theme song for QTV’s Asianovela, “Sunrise.” The other originals are the following:
· Hangga’t Tayo’y Magkasama (Daisy Siete Season 18: Prince Charming and the Seven Maids and GMA 7’s Dear Friend October 5, 2008 episode’s featured song);
O, Kay Sarap (Daisy Siete Season 18: Prince Charming and the Seven Maids’ featured song);
· Paano Na Ang Puso?
· Before It’s Too Late (GMA 7’s Maynila September 27, 2008 episode’s featured song);
· No Such Thing;
· In Time;
· I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye;
· What Would You Do?
The only remake included in their album is “Why Can’t It Be,” which was originally popularized by Rannie Raymundo. This song is the original sound track of the hit movie, “My Bestfriend’s Girlfriend,” which was starred by Marian Rivera and Richard Gutierrez. Due to their amazing rendition of “Why Can’t It Be,” 3rd Avenue got their second Awit Awards - Best Performance by a New Group Recording Artists.
The album also included a bonus track of the acoustic version of “Aking Hiling.” Every song in the album not only became popular, but it all reached the local charts.
That same year, 3rd Avenue was featured as one of the bands in an album released by Mossimo entitled, “Mossimo Music: The Christmas Project.” The album consisted of Christmas songs rendered by sought-after local bands such as Urbanation and Rocksteddy, and local musicians such as Barbie Almalbis, Luke Mejares, Dianne Elise, and Jeffrey and Arnee Hidalgo. 3rd Avenue gave their rendition of “The Christmas Song” and “Winter Wonderland.” RTI Music produced the album.
The band members
3rd Avenue is comprised of graduates from De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde, who yield a mutual passion for music. Although each one of them has a different career background, their shared ardor for music and enthusiasm for stage performance bound them all together.
Started as a trio – where the band name was coined – this group of zealous professional performers grew not only in number, but also in musical experience. The band has two talented vocalists (Teena Lim and Paolo Ledesma) and seasoned rhythm section musicians – a drummer (Beng Gatmaitan), a keyboardist (Jeff Perez), a bassist (RV Amaranto), and a saxophonist (Lester Cerda). All six members committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence in their craft by attuning themselves to various music genres.