21st Awit Awards - Favorite New Group, 3RD AVENUE is a breed of seasoned performers with a common passion for music, friendship and other worthwhile endeavors. Versatile as they are, they embrace a wide range of music genre, from ballads, pop, jazz, top 40's, OPM and many more. Their music has never failed to enchant music lovers who come to see and hear them perform.
Composed of Paolo Ledesma (Gold Medalist, World Championship of Performing Arts), Smith Javier and Joy Reyes on vocals, the rhythm section headed by the group’s resident arranger and musical director, Adonis Tabanda on bass, Ryan Girado on keys, Beng Gatmaitan on drums, and Lester Cerda on saxophone. These amazingly talented, experienced graduates of DLSU-CSB are professionals in their own right. Known for their impressive vocal harmony and diverse musical background. Within the group are songwriters, businessmen, bankers, athletes, composers, choirmasters, HR practitioners, music producers, musical arrangers, and session artists. Although each one of them had different career backgrounds, they were bound together by their passion and enthusiasm for music.
They released their first album, 3rd Avenue - In Time which was produced by Barnyard Music and distributed by Universal Records in 2007; and became the most sought after group in the Philippine wedding industry. Because of this, they are dubbed as "The Philippines' Premier Wedding Band".