Jonalyn Viray is happy that her career is “getting better.”

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When asked which is easier to do between acting and singing, Jonalyn Viray replied, “Singing pa rin. Doon pa rin talaga ‘yong heart ko, e.” The former Pinoy Pop Superstar grand winner will soon star in an indie film titled Cattleya.


Five years after performing with fellow Pinoy Pop Superstar alumni Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia, Jonalyn Viray is back to being a solo artist.

For Jonalyn, going back as a solo artist isn’t that hard.

“Kasi, nag-start naman po talaga kami as solo artists,” she explained when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other media interviewed her during the press conference of “Thrillapalooza” at the Genting Club of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Monday, September 2.

“Nag-join po kami sa Pinoy Pop Superstar and fortunately nanalo po kami.

“Nag-start kami as individual artists hanggang sa nagkaroon ng segment sa SOP na grinupo-grupo kami. ‘Tapos naging maganda po ‘yong feedback kaya nag-experiment na ilabas sa SOP.

“Five years ang lumipas, parang sabi namin, it’s time din na balikan namin ‘yong kung saan talaga kami nagsimula.”

Although she rarely performs with her La Diva group these days, the Sunday All Stars mainstay said, “We’re doing good naman po, may sari-sarili kaming projects.”

The young singer mentioned that she will be forever grateful for being part of La Diva.

“Thankful din po talaga ako sa grupo dahil nakilala din naman kami isa-isa.

“Pero ngayon po, parang mayroon po akong panibagong path, gusto ko naman pong subukan ito ulit.”

NEW CAREER PATH. To re-introduce herself as a solo artist, Jonalyn released her second solo project, a self-titled album under Creative Media Entertainment.

Jonalyn says she was lucky that her first single, “Help Me Get Over,” was used as an original soundtrack for the hit TV series My Husband’s Lover. Therefore, she and her producers did not have a hard time promoting her album.

“Sobrang nagpapasalamat talaga kami,” she said with excitement.

“Kasi, noong una siyempre, nag-e-experiment ako, e.

“Iniisip namin noong una kung paano ba namin maipo-promote ‘to nang maayos, parang natural way.

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“Di ba, ‘yong iba magbabayad ka sa radio stations.

“Kami po, napakasuwerte ng Creative Media Entertainment at ako rin po dahil sa My Husband’s Lover nagkaroon ng mas magandang exposure ‘yong kanta.

“‘Tapos ‘yong mga radio stations po mismo ang kumuha sa song para i-play nila.

“Hindi na namin kailangan na talagang [i-promote], nakakatuwa talaga.”

Apart from “Help Me Get Over,” Jonalyn’s other single from her second album titled “Makita Kang Muli” was also used in the recently concluded Koreanovela of GMA-7, Padam-Padam.

In her seven years in showbiz, Jonalyn feels that her career just keeps “getting better".

The 23-year-old music artist has seen how her singing has greatly improved and even inspires listeners.

She remembered her early days in showbiz, “Noong nagsisimula ako sa Pinoy Pop Superstar, after naming manalo, di ba, sobrang baguhan at walang alam sa showbiz world.

“Habang tumatagal, natututo ka.

“Kasi, noon po, parang ang point of view ko lang po ay kakanta ako, ‘tapos, tapos na. I’ll just do my job.

“Habang tumatagal, naa-appreciate mo ‘yong laman ng trabaho mo.”

Jonalyn has also found out how much she inspires her followers.

“Marami ka palang nai-inspire na tao,” she said.

“Kasi ‘yong message po sa social media, na nai-inspire daw sila kapag naririnig nila.

“Parang ako, ‘Bakit? Paano?’ Pero thank you, salamat at may nata-touch ka.”

LEARNING TO ACT ONSCREEN. As Jonalyn continues her showbiz journey, she also tries new things like doing a movie.

Acting is not really new for Jonalyn because she had previously done bit roles in GMA teleserye.

However, in the indie film Cattleya, An OFW Story, the former Pinoy Pop Superstar winner is assigned to a bigger role, as support to Glaiza de Castro’s character.

Since this is only her second venture in showbiz, Jonalyn admitted to PEP that she experienced some difficulty.

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She related, “Siguro ang na-encounter ko po, talagang kailangan mo raw nailalabas lahat ng nararamdaman mo.

“Being a singer, minsan kailangan naka-place pa rin ang boses mo.

“Sa workshops namin, kinakalimutan namin ‘yong sarili namin so, napapasobrahan sa paggamit ng boses, which is bad ‘yong effect.

“Pero sabi nga nila kahit sa acting, ‘yong voice dapat napo-project pa rin ‘yan, parang sa singing.

“Siguro ‘yon ang dapat pag-aralan ko pa.”

Despite this challenge, the Kapuso singer has no intention to give up.

She clarified, “‘Yong acting naman kasi, maganda rin naman siya dahil parang nalalabas mo ang different side mo, nae-experience mo ang ibang klase ng emotions. Fun din naman po gawin.”

Jonalyn is not sure how long she will be doing acting jobs.

She is certain, however, that singing will always be her priority.

“Kung magtuluy-tuloy [ang acting], puwede rin.

“Pero siyempre, hindi ko pa rin kakalimutan ‘yong first love ko, which is singing.

“Talagang ‘yon pa rin ang priority ko,” she declared with a smile.


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