Arthur started his music career in the early 80’s as a drummer and at the same time the lead vocalist of a band that played a combination of folk, country & rock… from The Beatles to Santana, Eagles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple etc.... [+]Arthur started his music career in the early 80’s as a drummer and at the same time the lead vocalist of a band that played a combination of folk, country & rock… from The Beatles to Santana, Eagles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple etc. The band was called “The Kryptons”. They did the rounds of the Ol’ Shakey’s Pizza Parlour that during that time was so popular among the teenagers & rock music buffs because of its nightly live band entertainment.
After a year and a half of playing rock, Arthur got tired of the noise and decided to return to his first love, crooning the classics.
Since a young boy, Arthur’s been a big fan of standards, listening to the records of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Johnny Mathis and even Diomedes Maturan who was a schoolmate of his dad’s in high school.
Joined several bands as a lead vocalists from hotel showbands to concept bands etc… performed songs of different genres but still no music genre transcends the “Good Ol’ Standards” he said. Tho’ there have been numbing road trips, identity problems, self-doubt, and rejection, through the years Arthur sort of analyzed himself, and said, '”This is all I'm going to do… reintroduce and perform the classics the standard way. Arthur committed himself to singing songs that would appeal to all ages, a principle that would guide him for the next 100 years. And he feels so satisfied that he’s been able to do that up to the present time.
Arthur recently won two prestigious awards, the 19th ALIW AWARDS BEST MALE PERFORMER IN HOTEL LOUNGES & BARS and 2006 Consumer’s Union of the Philippines Most Outstanding Entertainer Award.
"The music business and the entertainment business--in fact, all businesses--have become so narrow-channeled. I have done well in my narrow channel because I have never deserted it. I’ve been singing for years and still, nothing gives me greater joy than performing for an audience." –Arthur Manuntag [-]