TEXT AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOMEWORKZ
OPM is alive and well in America! King of R&B Jay R is back in the Philippines after a successful U.S. concert tour with the artists under his record label Homeworkz. Dubbed "Original Music Only", the concert series kicked off at Rancho Del Ray, San Diego, California (June 17), and moved on to Los Angeles' Colony Theater (June 18); Ichiban, San Francisco (June 24); Sheraton La Guardia, New York (June 25); and Silverton Casino, Las Vegas (July 2).
Among the featured performers were Kris Lawrence, Robin Nievera, Mica Javier, Q-York, Deejay Poblete, Ms Jhing, Julianne Sillona, and Supreme of Wu-Tang Killa Beez. Also on hand to support the tour were world-class boxing champ Nonito Donaire and Concert King Martin Nievera.
Playing to packed crowds comprised of fellow Pinoys and accompanied by a live band headed by his uncle Bob Sillona, Jay R had everyone singing along and dancing to their unique brand of OPM. They also got their chance to bond with their U.S-based fans during their post-concert album signings and meet-and-greet shindigs.
Jay R recalls, "My favorite part of the show was when I was sharing the stage with all the artists while we sang my song with Q-York, "'Qrush on You". The crowd was so hyped up and gamely danced along with us, even on my solo tunes like "Parachute" and "Follow Me". And when I did my signature ballad "Bakit Pa Ba", it felt so good to hear everyone singing along with me."
Beyond the sold-out performances, Jay R feels more fulfilled about scoring a major triumph for OPM. Apparently, the U.S. tour is a big leap in Homeworkz’s dream of elevating the Filipino music industry through its creation and marketing of all-original music — a movement he hopes will gain more local support in the years to come.
He says, "I think we scored a major breakthrough, because we were doing something truly original, something fresh and unique, and they love how we are elevating our own by doing something really revolutionary and daring."
This early, a follow-up concert in Los Angeles is already is in the works. Of course, local fans won't be disappointed when they mount their Manila leg soon as well.
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