Jay R started his musical career in the US as a member of the group FI (First Impression) and The Howlers, which made a round of gigs in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Michigan. He eventually moved to the Philippines to start a solo singing career.
His first local album entitled Gameface was an instant success, reaching Platinum status and spawning the Awit Awards 2004 Best Ballad Bakit Pa Ba. He was hailed R&B Artist of the Year at the Philippine Hip-Hop Awards in 2008 and at the PMPC Star Awards for Music in 2010, sealing his title as the Philippine’s King of R&B.
In 2010, he pursued a recording career in Indonesia where he recorded an original song in Bahasa and an album entitled Soul in Love. He eventually joined ABS-CBN to participate in the celebrity impersonation competition Your Face Sounds Familiar and as the mentor of Team Hot Spots in the celebrity sing-off We Love OPM.
Jay R has also recently released an album collaboration with Billy Crawford and former FI bandmate Kris Lawrence, entitled Fast Forward.