The group came about in April 1998 after an audition held at Greenhills Sound Studios. Out of 200 who came for the selection, six were chosen to form “Soul of Jeremiah”: Olan Crizaldo, Al Nievera, Piwee Polintan, Froi Calixto, Chris Gomez and Glenn Gonzales. Larry Hermoso, the group’s former manager, was able to close a record deal for the group in May of that year. The name “Soul of Jeremiah” was shortened to “Jeremiah” and member Chris Gomez resigned from the group. Their first assignment under Star Records was to record the song "Nanghihinayang" for a movie. Fortunately for the group, the song topped the charts in an overwhelming 2 weeks and stayed on top for six months. "Nanghihinayang" stayed on the charts for a phenomenal 10 months. Al Nievera decided to leave the group and was replaced by Symon Soler.