More than a year nang naka-base sa Pilipinas ang American singer-songwriter from Hawaii na si Jeff James (Jeffro). Isang dahilan kung bakit matagal siyang nanatili sa ating bansa ay dahil sa hilig ng mga Pinoy sa iba’t ibang klaseng musika.
Ang kanyang Tagalog version ng hit single ni Pharell Williams na “Happy” ay nakakuha agad ng more than 100,000 hits on YouTube in just six days.
Meron din siyang sariling version ng “Buko” by Jireh Lim, “Masaya” by Bamboo at “Chinito” by Yeng Constantino.
“I grew up in a place where music plays a very important part of living. But the music culture in Hawaii is limited to only a few. And everywhere you go, you hear the same kind of music.
“I wanted to learn more and try new music. I play different instruments like the guitar, ukulele and drums; and I love writing new songs. I need to be in a place where different music is heard and appreciated.
“I found that here in the Philippines.
“People here love all kinds of music.
“There is not one place here that has the same music playing. Everywhere you go, there’s a different sound and that’s great.
“I’ve been to different places here in the Philippines and each place I go, they have their own type of music.
“So that inspired me to stay here and learn how to sing and write Tagalog songs. I’m also trying to learn how to write and sing Visayan songs as well,” kuwento pa ni Jeff sa kanyang album launch sa Mom & Tina’s Bakery and Cafe along Sgt. Esguerra Street in Quezon City.
Sa kanyang album titled GoGoGo released under GMA Records, meron itong 12 songs which includes his hit single in Hawaii titled “Hawaiian Girls.” Kasama rito ang isang Tagalog song na kanyang sinulat titled “Isa Pang Love Song.”
Other tracks includes “I mo’ Love Songs”, “1-69” featuring Mcpeek, “Good”, “Let’s Not Pretend” featuring Jegaan Faye, “Love Me”, “Top of the World”, “Wildside” “Woowoowoo (I Think I’m In Love)”, “Love I” at ang title track na “GoGoGoGo.”
Lahat raw ng songs sa album niya ay inspired sa mga masasayang bahagi ng kanyang buhay.
“We all have to enjoy life no matter how hard it seems. There is always a time to be happy and laugh about what has just happened.
“That’s my album is titled GoGoGo because it suggests satisfaction that we have to feel in our soul,” diin pa niya.
Ang kanyang father na si Chuck James ang may-ari ng Chuck James Music School, a very popular music school in Hawaii.
Jeff formed his own band called Talk To You Music (TTYM) and in 2010 their debut single “Hawaiian Girls” made it to the No. 1 slot in the Hawaii charts.
In 2011, Jeff’s band TTYM won the battle of the bands in Hawaii called MaiTai Rumble na lalong nagpasikat sa kanila roon.
In that same year, nanalo ang TTYM sa Nahoku Hanohano Awards (ang Hawaiian Grammy Awards) para sa single nilang “Hawaiian Girls.”
In 2013, nakuha naman ni Jeff ang award mula sa Top Brands Awards as Most Inspiring International Make Performer of the Year at pati na ang People’s Choice Asia Award for Best New Male Recording Artist.
Someday ay gustong makatrabaho ni Jeff ang mga singers dito tulad nila Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan at Bamboo.