The Prince of RnB, Jay-R, looked surprised when he was asked
about the network-transfer rumor about him.
It started to circulate because Jay-R was not seen in SOP for
In an interview with the singer-actor during the media junket for the renewal of his contract
with Sun Cellular network yesterday afternoon, July 8, at Circle's Café on Tomas
Morato, Quezon City, Jay-R assured the press that transferring to the other
network never crossed his mind. He just had some shows abroad so he was absent
in GMA-7's Sunday variety show for a couple of weeks.
"Actually, imposible kasi I'm binded with GMA-7 for two
years," explained Jay-R, who just renewed his contract to his mother
station. "It's gonna be inappropriate
to even just be negotiating or anything like that, you know, it's impossible."
Jay-R is under a network contract with GMA-7. This means that aside from appearing
regularly in TV shows like SOP, he will also have movies and
telenovelas. However, he is not yet seen active in these fields.
"There's talk of [making a movie and TV projects], but we're
still waiting for the good role for me," Jay-R related to PEP (Philippine
Entertainment Portal). "Siyempre 'yong
Tagalog ko, medyo baluktot. Basta we're
just waiting for the good role na bagay sa akin. So we're just waiting but
there's talk of one."
ON BILLY CRAWFORD.
Another possible source of the network-transfer rumor was the news about
Billy Crawford, who recently moved to ABS-CBN.
Billy's booking agent here in the country is Arnold Vegafria, who incidentally handles the showbiz career of Jay-R.
With this connection, the press asked Jay-R if the rumored
rivalry between them is true.
The RnB prince immediately replied, "Friends kami [ni Billy]
at saka magkaibigan talaga. Walang
rivalry, but I'm sure the networks, they're gonna ano, pagtapatin kasi pareho
kaming RnB [singer], di ba?
"Pero okay lang, sa akin maganda 'yon, e, healthy
competition. Kasi it just makes me better as an artist, it inspires me to do
better—you know, start dancing like Billy, start singing more. Siyempre ang galing ni Billy, e, kailangan
tapatan ko rin, di ba, for my network naman?"
To prove that there is no friction between these two music
artists, Jay-R told PEP that he and Billy sometimes work together at his own
recording studio. "We're constantly in
the studio, we're always meeting, you know, we're always communicating. So you know, we're friends talaga," said
He also added that he is willing to work with the
international singer for an album. In fact, Jay-R said they've already
recorded some songs together.
"We collaborate all the time, actually. We're always writing songs together, always
recording. So, it's just a matter of
putting it out na lang."
Before the press conference started, Jay-R's manager told
him that his album Soul in Love has already reached gold. He will be given an award this Sunday, July
13, on SOP.
When asked about it, Jay-R gave a smile and told PEP, "I just released it last January... It feels good
kasi I really worked hard in the album, you know. I guess a lot of people appreciate my hard work and they got a
copy of my album."