Jay-R talks about "SOP" co-host Karylle's transfer to ABS-CBN

Jay-R, who is currentlybusy promoting his Christmas album Holidayof Love, admits feeling sad with the transfer of good friend and nowformer SOP mainstay Karylle to ABS-CBN. "She kept it a very big secret taposnung lumabas na, ‘yon, nagkuwento siya," says the R&B singer-performer to the press.

JayR's latest album, Holiday of Love, contains Christmassongs already deemed as Yuletide classics. The tracks were givenfresh arrangements by Jay-R himself to fit his own style of music and evenmore.

"R&B pa rin peromay mix siya ng jazz, parang may infusion ng jazz yong R&B. I found adifferent style, e, nung ginagawa ko ‘to, iba talaga. So, parang nagtsi-changena din ‘yong music ko," explained Jay-R to the entertainment reporters at last night's press conference held at Red Box in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City.

Holidayof Love, according to Jay-R, is more than just a newproject. Found in the album is an original song penned by Jay-R titled "TitoRemy"—the same person cited by the singer as the main inspiration for thealbum.

"He's a very close titosa akin po, uncle ko po," revealed Jay-R. "He died before the holidays so I wrotehim a Christmas song."

Jay-R wrote the song twoyears ago to combat grief following the death of his uncle because of cancer.But he quickly dismissed initial impression that the song lends the entirerecord a poignant undertone rather than convey joy for the season.

"Actually, it's acelebration of his life po, so it's very personal but it's all about my family.It's nothing sad naman po, parang sinasabi na we should be here together and we'llcelebrate the life of Tito Remy, ‘yon ang parang meaning po ng song."

KARYLLE'S TRANSFER. The departure of good friendKarylle from the musical variety show SOP and from GMA-7 also saddened Jay-R.

"Medyo malungkot. Barkadakami dun sa SOP, e. Pero, you know, whatever makes her happy, dapat gawin niyatalaga and nothing can stop her," he offered.

Karylle's decision tomove to ABS-CBN caught everyone off-guard. And like most of her friends, Jay-Rlearned about it only after it was finalized and the news startedcoming out.

Jay-R only had thechance to talk to Karylle during a lunch-out, which served as a farewellgathering for the daughter of Zsa Zsa Padlla.


There's no need tooffer Karylle advice, Jay-R said: "Si Karylle she makes good decisions,very smart and she knows what she's doing naman. ‘Yong sa akin lang po, supportna lang po sa kanya kasi alam na niya po ‘yong advice na mabibigay ko sa kanya."

HAPPY FOR KRIS. On a more positive note,Jay-R expressed happiness for best friend and co-singer Kris Lawrence, who iscurrently in a relationship with young actress Katrina Halili.

"Basta happy si Kris happy din ako," he smiled. "Downto earth si Katrina talaga and that's the reason why [Kris fell in love]... Kasi siyempre, si Katrina medyo mataas naartista ‘yan, e. And even na ganun siya, still, down to earth, mabait pa rin [and]hindi maere."

Today, November 20, is Jay-R's last shooting day forRegal Entertainment's Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Desperadas 2.

Talking about themovie, he said, "Ang kulit, ang kulit namin ni Ruffa Gutierrez. [I have] moresinging parts this time, so ‘yong mga ilang kanta ko po nandun sa movie.Matatapos na kami bukas po... Hectic nga ng schedule ko ngayon."

He is set to leavetomorrow to join Pops Fernandez for an overseas concert, along with KrisLawrence and Geneva Cruz. Jay-R will perform in Chicago and Atlantic City andwill return to Manila on December 2.





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