Best known as a member of the vocal group Pinay, Irma has been singing since she could speak. She began her formal training in classical voice at the age of 7, and she honed her craft as a young girl through singing with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, with the San Francisco Opera and Oakland Opera companies, and at numerous churches throughout the Bay Area.
Outside of her classical training, Irma always had a love for singing R&B and pop music. While in college, she, along with her friends, Maylene Briones, Angelica Abiog McMurtray and Jocelyn Enriquez, performed together for the first time as a group — what would become the Filipina American quartet known as Pinay. As Jocelyn moved on to pursue a solo music career, Loredie Reyes Lugos joined Pinay to complete the sound. Bringing together the talents of four women with backgrounds in classical, pop, soul, and gospel, Pinay became a fixture in Bay Area and national a cappella circles before signing a deal with Classified Records in 1996. Pinay released two full-length albums, “Inevitable” (1997, Classified Records/Tommy Boy Music) and “What Now?” (2002, Planet Hype). Their single releases “Is It Real?” and “Next Time” earned spots on the Billboard Maxi Singles charts. They performed for, and enjoyed the love and support of, audiences across the United States and in the Philippines.
Pinay continues to be recognized as one of the pioneers of the Filipino American music movement of the ’90s. Along with other artists, songwriters, producers and music entrepreneurs of the time, Irma, Angelica, Maylene and Loredie helped to pave the way for the Asian American music artists of today.
Irma also pursued a career in law. She is a practicing attorney and Deputy General Counsel at a technology company in the Silicon Valley.