Known as the "R&B and Soul Princess," she is one of the Philippine's most awarded singers and has been honored by the Philippines Society of Composers, Singers, and Publishers for her contributions to music as one of the first pioneers of R&B music in the country.
She went to Philippine Christian University for a degree in mass communications. Her second single, "Hannggang Ngayon," won an MTV Video Music Award.
Each of her first eight albums went platinum in the Philippines.
She married the Philippines basketball player Rich Alvarez in 2011.
Brian McKnight wrote her wedding song, "My Heart."