Singer Jay R assumes the role of a record producer to help girlfriend Krista Kleiner with her debut album, which is tentatively earmarked for a mid-2011 release.
Mixing romance and work is not a problem since Krista, according to Jay R, is both "creative" and "artistic."
"Marunong siyang magsulat and she has a lot of ideas. So, she gives input and it's easy to finish songs," Jay R proudly told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) over a cup of gelato in a recent interview at Caffe Ti-amo in Greenbelt 5, Makati City.
He explained the dynamics of their producer-artist relationship: "In any process of creativity there's always gonna be a clash kasi it's still different personalities coming to the table with ideas. Pero ultimately, it's whatever sounds the best lang talaga—so that's where we go."
The entire recording is done in Jay R's own studio. Aside from Krista, Jay R is also currently producing the album of his niece's band Clay. At the same time, he attends to his upcoming solo album for next year.
All these projects are under the singer's own record label dubbed Homeworkz.
The Party Pilipinas mainstay, however, stressed that his label's primary objective is to help local artists, and not merely to make money.
"It's not really about my label, it's about getting Krista's music out," said Jay R, who is busy promoting his Christmas album titled Holiday of Love.
He further added, "It's not really about making money. I just want people to hear our talent and spread our music to the world."
HAPPY FOR KRISTA. Joining the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant this year helped rejuvenate Krista's showbiz career. Her stint in the prestigious Miss International competition in China last November allowed her to reach a wider audience.
Last November 29 at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan, Krista was officially introduced as part of Arnold Vegafria's stable of talents along with new recruits The Studes, Isabella, Jet Noguchi, and Kevin Cisco. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Krista's repertoire that evening included a rendition of the hits popularized by Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles. Not that her debut album will include a cover of their tunes. In fact, Krista's upcoming album will be made up of all original tunes and no covers.
"Krista's music is more on dance and pop," said Jay R.
Jay R witnessed firsthand the phase of Krista's career and he is extremely happy now that everything's turning out according to plan.
"It's fulfilling because that was our plan. We wanted to make ingay talaga, kasi for a while she was on a plateau.
"So I came in and we had a talk with Arnold Vegafria and Arnold said a good idea is to join a pageant para may ingay ka talaga, para mapansin talaga ang mga talents mo.
"Gumana and then after it's working na talaga she's guesting on a bunch of TV shows. Sana tuloy-tuloy. The next step is the album to make more ingay. We'll just keep on going."
BETTER THAN BEFORE. With no beauty pageants to think about, Krista is staying here in Manila, unlike before when she had to jump from one place to another as a beauty-queen contender.
Krista also had to perform outside the country upon the invitation of legendary balladeer Julio Iglesias.
Jay R was very vocal during the time about how much he missed his girlfriend.
"Dati I want to leave my work just to go home para mag-Internet lang, para mag-Skype lang. So I was kinda stressed out about that kasi I just want to have communication with her especially since she's in a different country and she's by herself.
"So ngayon, medyo at peace na 'yong puso ko kasi alam ko she's safe right now and she's isang tawag lang siya. It's a lot better now," mentioned Jay R.
As for the couple's Christmas plan, Jay R excitedly revealed: "Gusto ko mag-beach. It's my first Christmas na hindi ako umuwi sa States in a long time.
"Siguro maybe like five or six years na I've been going straight to the States ever since I started in the business.
"Now, para maiba naman, gusto namin medyo mainit, so sa beach sana kami for Christmas."