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R&B royalties Jaya, Jay R and Jason Dy join forces for a show of riffs and lots of vocal runs



Although Jaya, Jay R and Jason Dy are entrenched R&B figures in the local music scene, they will reintroduce themselves in the concert “SOULJA” by reimagining songs in the repertoire in ways unheard of.

(From left): Jay R, Jaya and Jason Dy (Photo by Teresa G. Martinez) /

(From left): Jay R, Jaya and Jason Dy (Photo by Teresa G. Martinez)

At a press conference, Jaya said they will perform hits from various decades and these are especially arranged to have more riffs and runs.

“Expect the unexpected,” she said. “We promise to make people groove to our dance and song numbers. This show is like coffee, three-in-one. You have that ‘Pa-Kundiman kind of R&B,’ the ‘2000s R&B’ type and of course, the ‘millennial R&B’ courtesy of Jason.”

Jason feels honored to be part of the lineup considering this is just his third year in the music scene.

“I never imagined myself going back-to-back with these two (Jaya and Jay R). They are legends in the industry especially in R&B so I don’t want to fail them. If you ask me what I’m gonna bring to the table, I’ll say my heart and my soul,” he said.

Produced by Cornerstone Concerts, “SOULJA” is on Aug. 30, 8 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater (NPAT) of Resorts World Manila.

Bad attitude

Jay R recalled the time a new artist told him: “I’m going to be more famous than you.”

The topic was brought up when a reporter asked about their thoughts on “bad attitude” and “sapawan” in the music industry.

“There was this one very young guy who also does R&B. My handler introduced me to this new artist. She said, ‘Hey, I want you to meet this new guys, he’s a fan of yours and he wants to make it in the industry.’ So we talked.

“However, the moment we did the handshake, I already felt he was so competitive. And his first line to me was like, ‘Hey man, are you Jay R? Yeah, I’m going to be more famous than you.’ I answered him, ‘Yeah, it’s nice to meet you.’ Years later, he is no longer active in show business,” he shared.

“Tawag Ng Tanghalan” judge Jaya observed that some of the contestants of the singing competition can be arrogant at times.

Without naming names, she explained, “I’ll be honest: There are some who have attitude problems. But you know what I do? I ignore them. I mean what can they do to me, right? Just let them be.”

She has been bashed on social media over the competition.

Ever full of positivity, Jaya said: “I just told those haters, ‘I could never hate you.’ The mere fact they talk about me and the show, that elevates us.”

Jaya and Jay R advise new artists to keep their feet on the ground amid the recognitions. After all, humility is important in this industry.

“Competition is inevitable but it should be in a healthy way,” Jay R noted. “You just have to nurture one another. As OPM members, we need to have unified music because it reflects in our performance.”

Jaya added: “Criticisms would make you a better performer, so don’t get angry whenever someone criticizes your work. Just be humble and be thankful. If you have humility, believe me, your career will soar.”

Jason shared what he learned from working with the two.

“I noticed in my very short time here, the popular (artists) are the ones who are very kind. They don’t have attitude problem. They respect other people. I learn from them.”

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