"The spelling of 'MiG' with a capital 'G' is taken from the Soviet aircraft manufacturer Mikoyan Gurevich, the maker of the MiG jets." - MiG
Born 12 January in Manila, Philippines, MiG's family moved to Sydney, Australia when he was aged 2, where he and his older brother Andrew were then raised. MiG attended St. Patrick's College, Strathfield and went on to study communications at Macquarie University, Sydney. During this time MiG was also a singer/songwriter forming several bands throughout the years, as he pursued his life-long dream of becoming a recording artist.
At the age of 20, MiG landed an acting role that propelled his life on a very different course, taking him away from his studies and into acting in movies, theatre and television.
In 2002, MiG and his wife Simone De La Rue, packed up their life and moved to London, England, UK in order to further pursue his dream of becoming a recording artist.
In June 2005, while MiG was starring as 'Galileo Figaro' in Queen's smash hit musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, he was chosen to appear on the CBS television series ROCKSTAR:INXS, which brought him to Los Angeles, California, USA. Shortly after the finale, MiG and his wife packed up their life again and moved to L.A., upon his securing a major record deal with music giant UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP.
In December of 2006, MiG's self titled debut CD was released in the Phillippines, then in Australia the following month. Then with the addition of three originally penned tracks it was released in the United States and Canada in April of 2007.
In September of 2007, after moving to New York City, MiG took off again to reprise his role as 'Galileo' for the International Tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU. Along the way, MiG's debut CD continued to be released to coincide with the show's opening in each new territory (New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand). The video for SHE LOVED was also released and was aired on MTV Asia and Channel V.
In September of 2008, MiG appeared in HANDEL'S MESSIAH ROCKS, which was released on CD/DVD fall of 2009, as well as airing as a PBS-TV special across the USA.
In October of 2009, MiG launched the 'call to arms' global campaign UNITED AS ONE, helping raise awareness and desperately needed funds to the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Ondoy, and consequently by following typhoons that continue to cause devastating floods.
In January 2010, MiG made his Broadway debut in BURN THE FLOOR, as well as in the months thereafter touring with the show to Australia, Japan, Korea, Canada, and USA.
In September 2010, MiG opened the 1st National Tour of ROCK OF AGES, as the legendary rocker 'Stacee Jaxx'.
March 2011, MiG returned to Broadway to reprise his role in ROCK OF AGES for the show's reopening at the Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City.
August 2011, MiG released his sophomore album entitled 'MORE THAN EVER'. This second release is a culmination of years of determination and heralds the coming of age of MiG as a recording artist.
December 2011, MiG returned to London to reprise his role in THRILLER LIVE.
May 2012, MiG returned to the Philippines to reprise his role as 'Stacee Jaxx' in a completely sold out new production of ROCK OF AGES.
February 2013, MiG reprised his role as 'Galileo Figaro' for the 2013 'WE WILL ROCK YOU' 10th ANNIVERSARY WORLD ARENA TOUR, successfully completing runs in Finland, Denmark, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
June 2013, MiG returned to the Philippines for ROCK OF AGES, the 'repeat run', in which he played legendary rocker 'Stacee Jaxx', and also in October 2014, for a third season.
February 2014, MiG took the QUEEN SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR to Australia, which included totally sold out concerts at the Sydney Opera House.
June 2014, MiG returned to New Zealand to play 'Rooster' in ANNIE.
November 2014, MiG announced the launch of his new TV travel reality show FIL IT UP. Co-hosted with Sophie Sumner, this show aired in January 2015. In conjunction with this, MiG released the new video for 'UNITED AS ONE'.
November 2014, MiG returned to the West End for THRILLER LIVE, which then toured Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia December 2014.
2016, MiG joins THE TENORS OF ROCK on ships all around the world, as well as starring in his own solo show on ships leaving China.
July 2016 MiG starred with Tanya Manalang and Lea Salonga for the concert CURTAINS UP! at Resorts World Manila.
MiG is in the process of working on new material for an upcoming album.
'MiG', by MiG
"I attribute my success to three elements: hard work, passion, and a little bit of luck. When I first heard about Rockstar INXS, a new reality show on CBS, I decided to audition. After years of trying to make it as solo artist, I thought this opportunity might provide my big break. Well, I didn’t win the competition to be the singer for INXS…I did one better and got my very own deal with Universal Classics.
Born in the Philippines and raised in Sydney, Australia, I began playing the piano at age seven, but was quickly discouraged by my teacher, who informed me that without practice, I would never become a virtuoso. However, a chance meeting with a jazz musician opened up a world of possibilities! I was finally able to play the music I wanted, in the style I chose. I even wrote my own songs and played piano without having to perfect my Mozart! Who cares if I was never going to be a concert pianist? Stick that up your metronome, I was going to be a ROCKSTAR!
After high school, I played in a number of bands (Sohcahtoa, The Honkies, Lovetown, Randy Badass & The Slickmaster Five) while trying my hand at acting. I was only 19, but I got the chance to jet-ski through the Amsterdam canals in a TV pilot about teenage spies called MISSION:TOP SECRET.
The acting bug took me to London for several years where I landed onstage in the role of 'Ritchie Valens' in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. I was just a kid from Sydney, but I found myself entranced by the bright lights of London, starring in RENT, and playing 'Galileo', in Queen's smash hit musical, WE WILL ROCK YOU.
Despite my success on stage, I began to think that I would never achieve my true dream of fronting a band. So, I decided to take one more shot at a solo career. I rekindled my love of both writing and recording on a four-song EP that even featured Queen guitarist Brian May on one of the tracks.
It was at this time that I heard about ROCKSTAR: INXS, a series centered on the Australian band's search for a new lead singer. As I was a life-long fan of the band (which provided the soundtrack to my first kiss), I decided to make the trek from London to Los Angeles. After an exhausting round of auditions, I made the final cut and was ultimately chosen as a finalist on the show. I was the only one that made Rockstar from the UK, and the only Aussie to make the final 15.
I came into Rockstar: INXS with all guns blazing, full of bravado and confidence, and left in third place but with a Universal recording contract. My experience on ROCKSTAR: INXS was a dream come true. In fact, I often say that it was the greatest thing I will never do again.
My self-titled debut CD was finally released in the US and Canada through Decca/Universal. It was composed of soulful/classical interpretations of classic rock and roll staples, including some of my favorite songs: The Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger," The Rolling Stones' "Angie," David Bowie's "Life On Mars," and "Baby I Love Your Way," which features a guest performance by Peter Frampton himself. I have also included three original songs I wrote called "She Loved", "Could It Be" and "You And I".
Another dream came true when I got to work with two of the most incredible producers, Matthew Wilder (No Doubt, Christina Aguilera) and Rob Mathes, with string arrangements by the renowned Paul Buckmaster (Elton John, Train). I recorded the album near my new home in Los Angeles, with additional sessions done in London and New York. I still can’t believe how beautifully it turned out. It has some of the world’s greatest songs coupled with amazing arrangements and a superb sound, and was even able to include original songs to stand side by side with these classics. In fact, "She Loved" and "Could It Be" have been the most celebrated tracks on the CD.
Since the release of that album, I have been living in the USA, touring the world, and finally moved to New York City where I now call home. I've performed not only around the USA but also all around the UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Austria, Dubai and South Africa. I've done TV shows, to films, to concerts, to theatre shows and have even been in Broadway shows. Life has been a roller-coaster for a while but I am loving the ride!
I am always looking for opportunities to be creatively active, with writing, performing, creating. This creative process is why I can be in no other business. I love it. It is not only what I do, but what I am.
So, my piano teacher was actually right on two counts; I never did become a virtuoso, but the dedication she taught me did lead to success. Going out on my own as a recording artist has surpassed my wildest dreams. I finally feel like I belong, like this is what I'm meant to do in this life.
The best part? This is only the beginning… "
Television & Film
2015 BELLA NTV7 (Guest/Performed)
2015 ASTRA AWARDS (Performed)
2015 THE PROJECT METRO WHIP-AROUND (Guest)
2014 TODAY TONIGHT (Guest/Performed)
2014 STUDIO 10 (Performed)
2014 SUNRISE LIVE SYDNEY (Performed)
2014 THE MEDYO LATE NIGHT SHOW WITH JOJO A (Guest)
2014 EAT BULAGA (Guest)
2014 SUNDAY ALL STARS (Guest/Performed)
2013 THE TIM YAP SHOW (Guest)
2013 MORNINGS @ ANC (Guest/Performed)
2013 NTV - GECE GÜNDÜZ SHOW (Guest/Performed)
2013 SABA TUMER'LE BUGUN (Guest/Performed)
2013 SLAVI SHOW (Guest/Performed)
2012 BANDILA (Guest)
2012 ASAP (Special Guest/Performed)
2010 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUSTRALIA (Special Guest/Performed)
2009 KABABAYAN LA(Guest)
2009 JOYFUL NOISE: HANDEL'S MESSIAH ROCKS (Soloist/Tenor)
2008 CHANNEL V (Self)
2008 MTV ASIA (Self)
2007 REALITY REMIX (Guest)
2006 THE BIG NIGHT IN (Guest)
2006 CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN ’06 (Solo Artist)
2006 PINOY DREAM ACADEMY (Special Guest/Performed)
2006 MTV PHILIPPINES MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (Presenter/Guest)
2006 ROCKSTAR:SUPERNOVA (Guest)
2006 THE GREG BEHRENDT SHOW (Guest)
2006 KABABAYAN LA (Guest)
2005 MTV PHILIPPINES (Guest VJ)
2005 FOXTEL 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA (Solo Artist)
2005 ROCKSTAR:INXS (Finalist)
2001 CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN 2001 (Solo Artist)
2000 QUEEN OF THE DAMNED (NY vampire)
2000 SUBTERANO (The Puppeteer & Guerilla)
1998 CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT (Singer)
1998 IT’S ABOUT TIME (Presenter)
1997 CAROLS IN THE DOMAIN ‘97 (Solo Artist)
1997 IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT (Singer)
1995-96 PIZZA HUT (Manager)
1993-95 THE FERALS (Joe King)
1991-98 THE MIDDAY SHOW (Singer)
1996 MONDAY TO FRIDAY (Singer)
1993 A PRAYER FOR JANE (Jane’s Boyfriend)
1991 ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE (Singer)
1991 HITS AND MEMORIES (Team Member)
1990 MISSION TOP SECRET (Pedro)
2017 THE MUSIC OF QUEEN: ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) AUS Tour
2016 CURTAINS UP (Lead Vocalist) Concert: Manila
2016-17 THE TENORS OF ROCK (Male Vocalist) World Tour
2015 THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Robert Kincaid) Manila, Philippines
2015 THRILLER LIVE (Lead Male Vocalist) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2014-2015 THRILLER LIVE (Lead Male Vocalist) AU/NZ Tour
2014 THRILLER LIVE (Lead Male Vocalist) West End, London, UK
2014 ROCK OF AGES - MANILA (Stacee Jaxx) Manila, Philippines
2014 ANNIE (Rooster Hannigan) NZ Tour
2014 QUEEN ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) AUS Tour
2013 ROCK OF AGES - MANILA (Stacee Jaxx) Manila, Philippines
2013 WE WILL ROCK YOU 10th ANNIVERSARY WORLD ARENA TOUR (Galileo) European Tour
2012 QUEEN ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2012 ROCK OF AGES - MANILA (Stacee Jaxx) Manila, Philippines
2012 THRILLER LIVE (Male Vocalist) West End, London, UK
2011 ROCK OF AGES (Stacee Jaxx) Broadway, NYC, USA
2011 ROCK OF AGES (Stacee Jaxx) 1st National US Tour
2010 JOYFUL NOISE: HANDEL'S MESSIAH ROCKS (Soloist/Tenor) US Tour (Schenectady, Hershey)
2010 ROCK OF AGES (Stacee Jaxx) 1st National US Tour
2010 QUEEN ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) UK Tour
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) West Palm Beach, USA
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) Canadian Tour
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) Seoul, Korea
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) Japan Tour
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) Melbourne, Australia
2010 BURN THE FLOOR (Lead Male Vocalist) Broadway, NYC, USA
2009 QUEEN ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) UK Tour
2008 MONTBLANC'S A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME (Nicolas Rieussec) Beijing, China
2008 JOYFUL NOISE: HANDEL'S MESSIAH ROCKS(Soloist) Boston, USA
2007-08 QUEEN ROCK AND SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (Soloist) UK Tour
2007-08 WE WILL ROCK YOU (Galileo) Asian/NZ Tour (NZ, KO, SG, HK, BK)
2007 THRILLER LIVE! (Lead Singer) UK Tour
2003-05 WE WILL ROCK YOU (Galileo) West End, London, UK
2003 WE WILL ROCK YOU (Galileo/Pop/Ensemble) West End, London, UK
2002-03 RENT (Angel) West End, London, UK
2002 FAME (Joe Vegas) Asian Tour (KL, HK, SG)
2001-02 GREASE...THE MEGA MUSICAL (Danny Zuko) AUS Tour
2001 POKéMON - THE MUSICAL (Ash Catch'em) Dubai Tour
1999-00 FAME (Joe Vegas) AUS Tour
1998-99 RENT (Angel U/S & Byron) Syd. & Melb., Australia
1998 GREASE...THE ARENA SPECTACULAR (Sonny/Danny & Kenickie U/S) AUS/NZ
1997 THE TIME TRAVELLER (The T.T.) Concert Version, Sydney, Australia
1996 THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Australia/Asia/Japan Tour
1996 ELEGIES (Lamar & Singer) Sydney, Australia
1995-96 ALADDIN (Aladdin) Sydney, Australia
1994-95 WEST SIDE STORY (U/S Tony, Mouthpiece) Melb. & Bris., Australia
1994-95 CINDERELLA (Dandini) Sydney, Australia
1993 ASYLUM (Joey) Concert Version, Sydney, Australia
1992 GREASE (Danny Zuko) NZ Tour & Melb., Australia
1991-92 BUDDY (Ritchie Valens) West End, London, UK
1991-92 BUDDY (Ritchie Valens) AUS Tour
1998 RAY BAN (100%)
1997 JEANSWEST (100%)
1993 ELECTORAL COMMISSION (Lead: Voter)
1991 BRITISH AIRWAYS (Son)
1990 SAMBOY CHIPS (Featured Talent)
1989 RTA (Lead "Speeding Driver")
PLUS MANY VOICE OVER ADS FOR RADIO & TELEVISION
2004-05 MiGNITION (Singer, Keyboards)
1995-96 'MiG' (Singer/Keyboards)
1993 RIVA (Singer/Keyboards)
1990-91 LOVETOWN (Singer/Keyboards)
1990 RANDY BADASS & THE SLICKMASTER FIVE (Singer)