Malungkot na masaya ang Pasko ng singer-actor na si Jay-R this year.
Malungkot ang R&B Prince dahil second time niya raw na magpa-Pasko na malayo sa kanyang pamilya na based sa Los Angeles, USA. Pero masaya rin siya dahil sa kanyang latest "baby"—ang Christmas album titled Christmas Away From Home na ini-launch last November 27 sa WorldKTV sa Greenhills, San Juan.
"I love Christmas songs! It's a longtime dream for me to have my own Christmas album," masayang pahayag ni Jay-R sa kanyang album launch.
Very personal at personalized ding matatawag ang album (Jay-R's third release to date) dahil full hands-on ang R&B Prince dito—mula sa conceptualization, choice of songs, at album design and art concept.
"I didn't sleep much because I wanted everything hands-on. I arranged the music then recorded all the session players in my studio, wrote a tribute song for my uncle at the same time setting up my living room for the photo shoot, then recorded my vocals on all songs with my featured guests while conceptualizing the layout for the album. Mixed and mastered everything, and then there's the business side to take care of too!"
The album was actually inspired by Jay-R's Tito Reny who passed away recently. "I'm very close to him. His death triggered something in me and I knew that a tribute album was the best way to thank him and cherish his legacy."
Aside from classic carols like "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," "This Christmas" (featuring Kris Lawrence), "Santa Baby" (featuring Amber), at "Drummer Boy"—dalawang komposisyon mula kay Jay-R at sa sister niyang si Jhing ang nakasama rin sa album, ang "Tito Reny" at "Spread the Love."
"When they heard ‘Tito Reny,' my whole family cried," kuwento ni Jay-R. "This is really a very personal album, I even have my family pictures in the inside sleeves. It's like welcoming my fans sa pamilya ko."
At isa ring dahilan kung bakit masaya pa rin ang Pasko ni Jay-R, his Christmas album signals the launching of his own recording outfit, ang JAYRS Music.
"I am the executive producer of this album under JAYRS Music, my own record label. The album will be distributed by Universal Music."
And aside from SOP on GMA-7, mapapanood din si Jay-R sa MMS (My Music Station) on QTV 11. "It's a new music show that I'm hosting," shares the R&B Prince.