Gaudencio "Jay R" Sillona III (born February 1, 1981) is a Filipino singer, actor and model. He sings, hosts and dances in the afternoon show called SOP. Usually singing with fellow singer Philippine R&B princess, Kyla. He is dubbed as the "Prince of Soul".

Gaudencio A. Sillona III, popularly known as Jay R, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 1981. He was 2nd year college, taking up Computer Engineering, in Devry University in L.A.

He was once a part of a group named FI (First Impression). The group consisted of 5 members namely: Mike Gabriel, Alex Bacani, Jayr Sillona, Jimmy Martinez (who came with Jay R to Manila) and Owen Amurao. When Mike, Owen and Alex went their separate ways, Jay R and Jimmy continued the group by adding another talented singer named Kris Cadevida. They would do gigs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Michigan.

Jay R also belonged to a band that was lead by his uncle, Robert Sillona, called "The Howlers".

He is currently signed under Universal Records. His first album, aptly titled "Gameface", has twelve tracks on it, containing two original Tagalog songs: “Kaibigan”, written by his sister, Jhing Sillona; and “Bakit Pa Ba” written by Vehnee Saturno. Most of the other songs on the album are RnB. He writes and produces his own songs. His first single, “Design For Luv”, is a hip-hop/ RnB single. In April 2004, he accomplished his first ever major concert which was entitled "Gameface the Concert" at the Music Museum, followed by "Gameface Reload" in September 2004.


JAY R...SHE'S OUT OF MY LIFE



JAY R...BACK AT ONE



JAY R...ALWAYS AND FOREVER

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Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on June 1, 2009 at 8:25pm
That's sad....LOL
Comment by JazzWorld on June 1, 2009 at 7:39pm
Dag..they removed the videos!!!!!! *waaaaa*
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on May 6, 2009 at 6:09am
Mama Edie, we got a free preview of The Filipino Channel and i was browsing around and was like who in the World is Jay R, so i called Monica and she was like he pretty good, it was a 35 minute concert and me and Sararetha was blown away by it....LOL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on May 6, 2009 at 4:14am
Fantastic...especially that top graphic with him in front of himself....awesome!

Thanks Sole!

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue



The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 


As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.

 

The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) yahoo.com and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
   
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
   
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)
 



Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
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