JayR’s Girl Released Own Album
By Kiko Escuadro
“Simula nung lumipat ako ng Manila from New York, naniwala na siya (JayR) sa akin. Maybe because pareho kami galing ng States, naintindihan niya yung style ko sa music, pati yung style ko as an artist.”
Just like any good-natured boyfriend, JayR gives his full support to his model-entrepreneur girlfriend of three years, Mica Javier, as she launched her debut album titled Dreamer. A fashion and commercial model, it didn’t stop her from pursuing her desire of becoming a recording artist, with the encouragement of his ever supportive boyfriend.
As a newbie in the music industry, Mica excitedly shared how she started her singing career. “It all started when i signed up to the production company of Timbaland in the States,” she said. “Tinulungan nila ako gumawa ng sound na para sa akin, now medyo kinakabahan ako pero excited kasi handa na ako ibahagi sa mundo yung pinag gagawa ko.” Mica produced the album and recorded all the songs in the States.
Mica came from a clan of musicians. She’s the niece of Danny Javier, member of the OPM legendary group APO Hiking Society. Since the trio serves as her inspiration, she did a cover version of the group’s famous song “Yakap sa Dilim.” The only Tagalog song in the album.
When asked Mica what was the reaction of her Uncle Danny when he heard the song? “Nagulat sila ,” she quipped. “I flip it para may twist, di nila expected na gagawin ko ‘yun at hindi ako nag paalam parang ginawa ko lang s’ya at pinarinig ko nalang sa kanila (APO) yung finished product na. Si Tito Jim din i asked permission from him , as well as my Dad. They are my worst critics kasi siempre alam nila ang tunog ng APO. Siempre baguhan palang ako dito sa industry, at hindi ko pa alam kung saan ako lulugar. And when I passed and they approved the song, I decided to include it in the album.”
On the other hand, JayR openly shared how their love story began. “We met at a charity event dito sa The Fort,” he recalled. “It was for Apl D’Ap charity event. Kumanta ako at andun din sya. Nagkita kami tapos nalaman ko artist din siya, kaya ang sabi ko sa kanya right away na ‘gawa tayo ng music’. At nung nakita ko siya, ang ganda e, so I wanna get to know her thru music since passion ko din naman ang music. And the good thing about it nag number one sa Wave 89.1 ang music na ginawa namin yung “Tonight”. Since then ang ganda na ng naging pairing namin thru our relationship and thru music na din.”
And how would she describe JayR as a boyfriend? “Siguro kung hindi dahil kay JayR walang music na ginawa ko ang lalabas sa TV at radio,” she replied. At lahat ng kailangan ko sa music, he was there all the way. Obviously, music is a passion for the both of us. And working together was really a dream project.”
Since they have been together for three years now, we asked if there’s a plan to settle down. Jayr quickly answered, “Settling down right now is in the future for sure. Pero sa ngayon, medyo hindi namin iniisip pa because were focus on our careers at makapag ipon muna. Gusto namin yung stable na talaga bago mag elevate sa next level.”
After Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1, JayR proudly revealed that he’s on tour around the country to promote his album and shared that it already reached gold status, and aiming for platinum soon. “I’m so happy, kasi unang una ako nag produce feeling ko ang laking achievement for an independent producer, tapos all original songs pa.” JayR’s album has 14 songs, all original English compositions, produced by his own label company, Homeworkz. It is the same label that will distribute Mica’s album.
For now, JayR is so excited to announce that he will be back on stage for a concert on November 6 and 7 at Music Museum titled PRESS PLAY.