Joey Albert is a Filipino pop and jazz singer, musician, lyricist, and songwriter. An alumna of St. Theresa's College Manila and Assumption College San Lorenzo, she began her professional singing career in 1982, right after winning the Dream Girl Filipina contest in "The Party", a television program hosted by Ariel Ureta over Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation-Channel 2 (now ABS-CBN Channel 2. Soon after, Albert became a member of the The New Minstrels (3rd Generation), a popular Philippine show band during the 1970s and the 1980s. Apart from Albert, The New Minstrels also produced many other outstanding Filipino musical artists.
As a solo performer, Albert signed up initially with OctoArts International (now PolyEast Records) in 1984. Her first single, Gerry Paraiso's "Over and Over" (recorded January 1984), enjoyed tremendous airplay in local and national radio stations. OctoArts International released Louie Ocampo and Allan Ayque's "Tell Me", for which she received a Gold Record Award from the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI). Albert is also the first Filipino artist to record on CD. Subsequently, Albert received the Best Female Vocalist trophy during the 1985 Cecil Awards, the Philippine music industry awards during the 1980s.
"Tell Me" established Albert as a major Filipino musical artist. Apart from "Over and Over" and "Tell Me", Albert's first album (Joey Albert) produced another hit, Robert More's "A Million Miles Away". "Say You're Mine", on the other hand, predated the acoustic trend in the Philippines. Albert completed five more albums for OctoArts International: Touch of Love (1984), Expressions (1985), Joey (1986), Maligayang Pasko (1987) and Mixed Emotions (1988). These albums produced many hits, including Louie Ocampo-Freddie Santos collaborations like "Memories" (recorded January 1984), "Points of View" (duet with Pops Fernandez, recorded January 1984) and "Yakapin mo ako" (recorded November 1985).
Other hits included Jose Mari Chan's "I remember the boy" (recorded November 1985), Louie Ocampo and Jim Millbower's "Without you" (recorded November 1986), Louie Ocampo and Joey Albert's "Ikaw lang ang mamahalin" (recorded November 1986), Ray-Ann Fuentes's "Porma ng porma" (recorded September 1988), Tony Perez and Allan Ayque's "Back in my arms" (recorded September 1988), Louie Ocampo, Joey Albert and Janice de Belen's "It's over now" (recorded November 1985), Louie Ocampo and Joey Albert's "You threw it all away" (recorded November 1986) and Sunny Ilacad and Joey Albert's "Na sabihin mo" (recorded November 1985). Albert moved to Dyna products Inc. in 1990. Her first album for the company, entitled Joey Albert, included commercial and artistic hits "Only a mem'ry" and "Roses in the rain", "How can I make you see", "Paano Sasabihin", "Sa akong pagbabalik", and "Iisa pa lamang". At the 1990 Awit Awards telecast, she received twin nominations as Best Female Vocalist of the Year for "Only a mem'ry" and "Iisa pa lamang". She won for "Only a mem'ry".
From 1991 to 1994, Albert became the host and executive producer of "Bahay Kalinga", an award-winning public service outreach program at ABS-CBN.
In 2007, Albert recorded a new version of "Tell Me" as theme song of Star Cinema's "A Love Story", a romance-drama about infidelity starring Filipino actors Aga Muhlach, Maricel Soriano and Angelica Panganiban. Albert's new version re-introduced her body of works to a new generation of Filipinos.
In 2009, Albert and Basil Valdez were headline performers in "Incomparable", as part of a series of concerts organized by Viva Concerts & Events featuring iconic Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists at the Skydome in SM North EDSA (Quezon City). Viva scheduled several other shows, including Regine Velasquez's "Most Requested", "Ladies of the '90s" (Rachel Alejandro, Jessa Zaragoza, Roselle Nava and Geneva Cruz), "Men of the '80s" (Raymond Lauchengco, Randy Santiago, Louie Heredia and Gino Padilla) and one topbilling Rachelle Ann Go and Jed Madela.
In 2010, Albert released "Songs of the Heart", made up of original Filipino compositions carefully chosen by producer Eugene Villaluz for Viva Records. The album contained some of Albert's personal favorites, as well as hits that came out after she left the Philippines. The songs in the album were originally popularized by Side A ("Forevermore"), South Border ("Kahit Kailan"), Christian Bautista ("The way you look at me"), The Company ("Muntik na kitang minahal"), Ana Fegi ("Saan ka na kaya ngayon"), and Bituin Escalante ("Kung ako na lang sana"), among others. Though she liked all of the songs included in the album, Albert picked "Forevermore" as her personal favorite largely because the material was originally done by Side A, the same band that re-introduced Albert's "Tell Me" to local charts back in 2001.
Since 2012, Albert has performed in highly successful Philippine reunion concerts featuring all-star members of the defunct groups Circus Band and The New Minstrels.
Health/relocation to Canada:
Albert's career was interrupted by serious illnesses. After surviving cervical cancer in 1995, Albert was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. She underwent successful surgery in July 2003 and completed chemotherapy in March 2004.
Since 1994, Albert has been living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband Vicente Pacis III and their two children. On Shaw Multicultural Channel 116 (Vancouver), Albert hosted "The Joey Albert Show", a magazine talk show that featured stories and interviews with Filipinos in Canada. Aside from singing and hosting, Albert raises funds for Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine-based group that builds homes for the poor. Albert also owns and op-erates "The Good Shepherd Daycare", a Catholic daycare and preschool in Coquitlam, a city in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada.
Albert spearheaded fundraising efforts for Typhoon Haiyan in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Tickets to her shows were by donation to the Canadian Red Cross. She also finished another reunion concert with the New Minstrels and the Circus Band at the Music Museum on February 2014.
Dream Girl Filipina (1982),
Tinig Awards for Best Female Vocalist (1983),
Guillermo Mendoza Awards for Best Female Vocalist (1984),
Cecil Awards for Best Female Vocalist (1985),
Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI) Gold Record Award for "Tell Me" (1986),
Catholic Mass Media Award for "Ikaw lang ang Mamahalin" (1988),
Philippine Association of the Recording Industry (PARI) Gold and Platinum Record Awards for "Iisa pa lamang" (1991),
Awit Award for Best Female Vocalist for "Only a Mem'ry" (1991),
Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Best Movie Theme Song Award for "Iisa Pa Lamang" (1992),
Awit Award for Best Christmas Recording for "Be like the children on Christmas" (1994),
Manila Film Festival Best Movie Theme Song Award for "Sa 'yo lamang" (1995),
Awit Award for Best Ballad for "It's over now" (as songwriter, with Louie Ocampo and Janice de Belen, vocals by Kyla, 2008)