Jay-R singer-songwriter, actor, record producer and model. In 2003, he released his debut album, Gameface, under Universal Records. The album was certified Platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI), receiving numerous awards and earning him the number one single, "Bakit Pa Ba."
Jay R was dubbed as "R&B Prince" in his early career and was often partnered with Kyla (then known as the "R&B Princess"). Collectively known to their fans as "JayLa," they are known in the music industry as the R&B Royalties (R&B King and Queen, respectively).
In 2006, he built a recording studio inside his mansion, followed by a recording label called JAYRS Music. He later renamed it as Homeworkz Records. In the same year, he released a Christmas album, Christmas Away from Home, and dedicated it to his late uncle Reny. The album was re-released in 2008, where he donated the proceeds from the sales to GMA Kapuso Foundation. Also in 2008, he released a cover album, Soul in Love, which became his highest-rated and biggest-selling album. He made his big screen debut in the 2004 feature film Happy Together, and later, released his self-titled second album in 2005.