Fearless Jonalyn Viray in first solo concert at Music Museum
An indie movie titled “Cattleya: An OFW Story,” a One World Film international offering directed by Jericho Raquiza, is slated to open today (Feb. 26) in theaters. Topbilled by Glaiza de Castro, the movie also stars Gerard Madrid, Tess Bomb and “Pop Superstar” Season 1 winner Jonalyn Viray.
Jonalyn has not been keen on making a name as an actress, saying singing will always be number one in her heart. But once in a while, she accepts acting jobs on TV and the big screen. The first time, she was part of the cast of the Marvin Agustin-Jolina Magdangal starrer “I Love New York.” The second time, she played a blind girl in a soap opera on GMA Network starring Nadine Samonte.
Acting is fun, Jonalyn admitted, but “I want to stay focused in my singing career.” Speaking of which she will present on Feb. 28, a special concert dubbed “#Fearless” at the Music Museum. The concert, presented by GMA Network and Creative Media Entertainment with Dennis Marasigan as director, will have as special guests Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma and Brenan Espartinez.
In “#Fearless,” Jonalyn said she’ll be singing the songs she used to render in the past.
“Babalikan ko mga kanta ko noon, yung mga naging memorable songs that my supporters appreciated very much. Yung mga kinakatakutan ko po kasi I’m known for songs in the birit genre but I also tried singing songs out of this genre.”
She’s proud and excited that her idol, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, is one of her special guests in the major concert. “Mga kanya niya ang kinalakihan ko. But when I joined show business, naging open ako sa iba’t-ibang genres of songs. But I will always remember what Ms. Regine advised me, that no matter what, even if setbacks come along, huwag kang bibitaw sa pagkanta she would always tell me.”
Jonalyn’s debut album was released after she was declared grand winner of the first “Pinoy Pop Supertar” search hosted by Regine. Last year, her second album was launched. It contained five songs, three of them used as theme for three GMA-7 shows. “Help Me Get Over It” was one of two themes of the phenomenal “My Husband’s Lover;” “Nakita Kang Muli” the theme of the Koreanovela “Padam Padam,” and the third single, “Sa Piling Mo ” theme of the Mexican telenovela “Zola.”
Jonalyn was also part of the group La Diva, also composed of her fellow “Pinoy Pop Supertar” winners Aicelle and Maricris. The group was formed to be part of the defunct GMA network Sunday Show “SOP.” While together, they also released an album, but the group has disbanded. “Kasi there were so many solo projects coming our way. So nag-usap kami for us to go solo in the meantime. We want to explore our individualities as music artists,” said Jonalyn.
She has no boyfriend yet. “I want to concentrate on work muna. Ang priority ko at the moment is my singing career.”