King of R&B Jay-R is all set for his back to back Press Play concert on November 6 and 7 at the Music Musem.
It has been years since Jay-R last staged a concert and he said that he is both thrilled and nervous at the same time. It took him a while because he made sure that he is a hundred percent ready to perform on stage.
“This would be my fourth major concert...the last time was years ago,” says Jay-R.
“Kasi I did two remake albums, e.
“That was Soul in Love and OPM Love Classics.
“Sa akin as an artist it’s not enough to do concerts of remake albums, that’s why I didn’t make any concerts at that time.
“You know the beginning of this year I released Elevated and you know the people started to get familiar with the songs, tapos Your Face [Sounds Familiar] happened, all of a sudden the album turned gold.
“Dahil gold naging indication na baka pwede na ako mag concert kasi meron na akong pang bala, e.
“Hindi na mga remakes, meron na akong original compositions na music ko talaga.
“Kasi pag pupunta ka sa isang concert ng isang artist, ang gusto mo marinig yung mga kanta niya, hindi yung mga kanta ng ibang tao.
“So I feel like it’s the perfect time now to do a concert, now that people are familiar again with my original music, and of course with my original music from back in my early days of my career, siyempre ipe-perform ko rin sa concert.”
Performing during his concert will be some of the artists under his own music label Homeworkz.
“There will be some Homeworkz artists, special guest ko si Mica Javier [Jay-R’s girlfriend], DJ Poblete, Q-York and Kris Lawrence.”
Will Press Play be a night of pure R&B music or will Jay-R play songs with a different genre?
“It’s most definitely R&B, that’s my music talaga.
“But the thing with my songs sa Press Play, we’re gonna do different version of it, e. Pero it’s still gonna be my songs.
“It’s just may mga ibang areglo, may mga twist siya, para hindi yung repetitive lang.”
Will the numbers be the same on both shows?
Jay-R clarifies, “It’s gonna be the same show on both nights.”
He adds, “Kasi it has a very small seating capacity sa Music Museum but although it’s very small kinakabahan pa rin ako kasi baka hindi ko mapuno, e. Di ba nakakahiya yun pag hindi?”
Jay-R admits that his Your Face Sounds Familiar stint helped his career, especially in enticing people to listen to his music. He is thankful to ABS-CBN for including him on the show.
“I think itong Your Face Sounds Familiar has helped me a lot as an artist.
“Yung ginagawa namin sa Your Face is, we study icons, we study very successful singers sa industry and I did that for three months, ang dami ko natutunan and yung mga natutunan ko, na-apply ko sa aking artistry, sa aking performance on stage, sa aking communication sa audience, sa aking pagsusulat ng kanta, na-apply ko sa lahat yun, e.
“Dahil sa experience ko sa Your Face Sounds Familiar.”
He said that because of that show he was able to discover a new side of him as an artist, “Through that show ang pinakita ko na bago and definitely pinakita ko na bago sa sarili ko na hindi ko alam na kaya ko is to impersonate different singers.
“I’ve never done that before, pero dahil sa show lumabas, e. Lumabas ang hidden talent ko.”