This artist may have performed on concert stages across the Philippines and the international arena many times before, but as Jake Zyrus, the artist formerly known as Charice Pempengco needs to be introduced to the music world anew.
As such October 6 will be a very special day for Zyrus, the date of the artist’s first concert at the Music Museum using the new screen name, reflecting a male gender identity.
“I am so excited about this concert because I will be able to finally express my real self. Another thing that gets me pumped is the kind of music I will be performing,” said the singer. “This concert will also be ‘perfect’ for those who want to ‘celebrate themselves’.”
Reactions have been varied following Zyrus’ coming out as a transgender. Even fans overseas expressed a mix of comments—some of hate but mostly of support—especially when major music and entertainment outlets like People.com, RollingStone.com, USA Today and E!Online picked up the story.
Nevertheless, the artist persists on singing for those who continue to show their love, respect and support. The forthcoming concert aptly titled “I Am Jake Zyrus” will showcase songs the artist has been longing to perform on stage.
Moreover, Zyrus will share with the audience stories and songs that would best describe “my journey to ‘freedom’ and those that will represent my dreams.” Zyrus’ latest single, “Hiling” under Star Music, will also be part of the repertoire.
The concert’s musical director is Troy Laureta who happens to be Zyrus’ close friend. Laureta is a Filipino-American musical director, keyboardist and record producer who’s worked with international artists such as David Foster, Ariana Grande, Deborah Cox, Iggy Azalea, to name a few.
Their chemistry on stage works so well, which is why the producers of the concert did not hesitate to fly-in Laureta over to the Philippines.
Also supporting Zyrus in the concert are surprise guests from the local music industry.
“I Am Jake Zyrus” is produced by The Mad Union Entertainment Production and Echo Jham Productions with the support of Star Music and Star Events. Tickets are available at Music Museum, Ticketworld and SM Tickets.