Written by: Jamie Ortega
Will British R and B soul singer Jay Sean live up to his “If I Aint Got You” song lyrics and stay in “a villa in Manila” during his Philippine visit this September? It’s all up in the air. One thing’s for sure, Jay Sean fans are in for a fantastic booty shakin’ time as the massive voice behind the hits “Down” and “Do You Remember” graces Manila shores for a one night only concert at the Araneta Coliseum on September 3, 2010 entitled “Jay Sean: All Or Nothing”. The show, produced by BlueDream Entertainment with Senior Vice President and Managing Director Christian Andoy at the helm, will feature the singer’s trademark enticingly smooth r and b stylings and jaw-dropping beat boxing, skills all of which merited him the title of “one man boyband”.
Born in India and raised in the UK, Jay Sean’s success hits two birds with one stone, giving pride to both countries as being the first solo act of South Asian origin to top the Billboard Hot 100 with the American debut single “Down”. The said feat also earned Jay Sean the distinction of being the first British artist to conquer the Billboard Hot 100 in over a decade with the same song, (the last Brit being Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury in 1980). After the breakthrough success of “Down” came Jay Sean’s second hit the unforgettable “Do You Remember” which sold a million digital copies in the United States alone. Both hit songs can be found in Jay Sean’s third album “All Or Nothing” released last November 2009. Jay Sean describes “All Or Nothing” as “diverse” “drawing heavily from ‘90s hip hop influences” and “composed of songs that resonate through the years”. And as early as now a 4th album is slated for release in November 2010 with names like Mary J BLige and Pitbull already lined up to make guest appearances in Jay Sean’s 4th offing.
You could very well say Jay Sean’s success was written in the stars, christened as Kamaljiit Singh Jhoti, the suave singer changed his stage name to Jay Sean; J coming from what his friends back in India called him and Sean being a newer version of “Shaan” which was a childhood pet name among Jay Sean’s family members. (Turns out Shaan translated into English literally means “shining star”!) An even bigger surprise? The handsome singer almost skipped the music scene completely! Jay Sean was two years into medical school when he was offered a record deal. Very close to his family (Jay Sean even had his mom, dad, granddad and uncle appear in his “Eyes On You” video!) they gave their full support and the rest, as they say, is chart-topping history.
The British-Asian crossover artist deftly mixes rapping and singing in all his albums, rapping which reminds him of his back in the day roots as part of the London-based hiphop duo “Compulsive Disorder” and singing which Jay Sean shares brings out his more emotional side. Catch this sexy singer’s heart thumping, hip grinding music in the flesh as he brings Araneta Coliseum “Down” on September 3 2010 at 8pm! Truly, Blue Dream Entertainment couldn’t have picked a more thrilling act for their first foray into bringing foreign artists to the Philippines, and this is just the start of many more exciting concerts to come. Grab your “Jay Sean: All Or Nothing” tickets at all Ticketnet outlets or visit www.ticketnet.ph for more details. Ticket prices are at 6102 for VIP (Reserved seating), 5300 for Patron (Reserved seating), 4122 for Lower Box (Reserved seating), 3024 for Upper Box A (Reserved seating), 1593 for Upper Box B, and 530 for General Admission.