Jay-R and Kris Lawrence mount benefit concert for Yolanda victims
Jay-R and Kris Lawrence may be the toughest looking RnB artists in Philippine music today but they do have the most compassionate of hearts.
As soon as they learned about the catastrophic aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, they wasted no time in organizing a fundraising concert, which will take place on Friday, November 22 at the Music Museum.
Aptly titled Soul Brothers [Jay-R and Kris not only share the same brand of music, but also a friendship that goes way back as high school students in Panorama City, California], the concert aims to raise P1 million in cooperation with smartphone app Viber’s parallel campaign, “ViberHelps,” the proceeds of which will go directly to relief efforts of the National Red Cross.
“It’s our own humble way of doing our share in helping our poor brothers. We believe that by harnessing the power of such a collective spirit, we will be able to make our brothers rise up from their harrowing debacle and rebuild what was once the seat of progress and prosperity,” Jay-R eloquently explained.
Added Kris, who was caught on camera shedding tears while watching footage of the devastation on the November 10 episode of Sunday All Stars on GMA Network, “We can only be thankful that we’ve been spared from the typhoon’s wrath. And as we count our blessings, maybe we can in turn show our less fortunate brothers how much we can share with them, especially with the coming season of giving. We want to harness the gift of song and make it more meaningful by reaching out and empowering them with hope to move on.”
One of several fundraising concerts to unfold in the next few days and weeks, Jay-R and Kris promise a different musical treat for the generous souls who have already bought out tickets to the show. To begin with, the pair will show that their musical talents go well beyond their genre of RnB.
“If you notice, the concert’s poster, is inspired by ‘The Great Gatsby’ and this is because our repertoire will consist of music from the Big Band era—from the roaring ‘30s to the swinging ‘60s, and even today’s hits arranged in big band style,” Kris related to The Manila Times.
The “Soul Brothers” are also grateful to all those who have helped them make the production possible in so short a time, such as Viber and the Music Museum, which has given them use of the venue for free.
“We’ve also invited our friends from the industry, like Billy Crawford and Kyla, to watch the show and hopefully just come up the stage and jam with us for this good cause,” Jay-R continued.
The duo agreed on a celebratory mood for the show, thus a big band concept, in order to lift spirits and encourage Filipinos to believe that the nation can and will rise from the worst calamity the country has ever had.
“We want things to be more positive,” added Jay-R, whose reportedly special friend, singer Mica Javier, hails from Javier town in Leyte.
“The town was named after Mica’s grandfather, and her dad is now the mayor. Javier was totally wiped out, and I’m also looking to raising more funds for that part of Leyte,” he disclosed.
Soul Brothers is produced by ALV Events International for the Philippine National red Cross. For ticket inquires, call TicketWorld at 891-9999, the Music Museum at 721-0635, and ALV at 637-7016.