About this Artist
Jay R was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and grew up in a musically inclined household, which led him to pursue music at an early age—singing with a prominent Top 40’s band called The Howlers across LA in the late 90s, and then eventually joining a boy band called First Impression soon after. He began producing original music for local artists in LA as a teenager, which led to him completing his own full length album and pursuing his solo career. He caught the attention of industry executives from the Philippines, and was offered a recording contract with Universal Records Philippines, and a network contract with on of the the country’s leading TV stations, GMA 7 Network.
Upon moving to the Philippines, Jay R released his debut album called Gameface, which garnered numerous accolades, with the record hitting double platinum, winning multiple awards, establishing a timeless hit song entitled, “Bakit Pa Ba” among other hits (“Design For Love”, “Kung Mahal Ko Siya”), which solidified his place in the OPM industry, which then earned him the title of the “Philippines’ King of R&B”. He has since embarked on multiple tours across the globe, performing for Filipino audiences internationally.
His quick rise to fame led him to become a well sought after endorser and brand ambassador for multi-national brands such as Colgate, Sun Cellular, Tropicana, Bench, Techno Marine, Unisilver, Kaspersky, and 2Go, among others. His image graced multiple billboards across the metro, TV commercials on both leading networks in the Philippines, and print ads across the country.
Today, Jay R continues to produce, write, release and perform his original music and can often be seen performing on TV shows (ASAP, Your Face Sounds Familiar, TWBA, We Love OPM, MYX, etc.) on the Philippines’ leading TV network, ABS-CBN. He continues to help elevate the Philippine music industry through his own independent record label, Homeworkz Entertainment Services, where he produces, distributes and promotes original music from his own roster of uniquely talented Filipino artists. He has also dabbled in film scoring and producing soundtracks for international film projects such as 2019’s action film, General Commander starring Steven Seagal, and a self-produced full length film coming in 2020, entitled Songs For Selena.