Jay Durias

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Jay Durias
Birth name Jay Oliver Durias
Born (1975-08-22) 22 August 1975 (age 39)
Origin Davao City and Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, pop, r&b, classical, gospel, adult-contemporary
Occupation(s) Composer, singer-songwriter, lyricist, arranger, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, Synthaxe
Years active 1996-Present
Associated acts South Border
Notable instruments

Jay Oliver Durias (born 22 August 1975 in Davao City) is a Filipino composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer known for his collaborations with South Border.

Early life[edit]

Jay Durias is the frontman of the South Border, a pop and R&B band that traces its roots from Davao City. He is a composer, singer, songwriter, and arranger. Jay’s band, Southborder, came into national prominence in 1996 when they launched their first self-titled album, which included a Jimmy Antiporda song entitled “May Pag-Ibig Pa Kaya.” They interpreted the song in the Metro Manila Pop Music Festival earlier that year. Their song “Kahit Kailan” was awarded 1996 Song of the Year by various radio stations. This gave them their first big hit.

Before the end of 1997, the music of South Border was recognized by friends in the industry, especially when they won the most number of trophies at the 10th Awit Awards. Included in their awards are the Best Performance by a New Duo or Group, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Produced Record of the Year for their hit song, “Kahit Kailan.” By the end of 1997, their debut album has gone triple platinum, and South Border was a certified star band.

However, in the midst of a flourishing career, South Border found itself in the eye of a storm, which called for a conspicuous change in their lineup. Luke Mejares replaced Brix Ferraris on lead vocals when he left the band. They doubled their efforts and were able to produce better albums. After a couple of years, the band experienced another change in their lineup when their vocalist, Luke Mejares, left the band. However, the band scored a major win when they got not one, but two astonishing vocal talents in Vince Alaras and Duncan Ramos. With their two new vocalists, Southborder produced the hits “Rainbow” and the Mulawin’s theme song “Ikaw Nga.” Edgier and danceable R&B hits like “The Show” and “Brown Hand Smash” also proved to be a gigantic commercial success for the band.

Current works[edit]

He is now hosting a radio show every Wednesday entitled Rock-a-bye-Jayd at Wave 891. together with DJ's Pam and H - Town

He also covered both songs from Eraserheads are With A Smile from 2005 compilation album, UltraelectromagneticJam, and his recent song, Ang Huling El Bimbo from 2012 compilation album, The Reunion.

Hailing from Davao, Durias is the musical director and keyboardist for the band South Border.[1] He also writes and composes music for the group. After the departure of Alaras and Ramos, Durias eventually become the band's sole lead singer.

He composed "Rainbow" for the movie Crying Ladies and "Ikaw Nga" for the show Mulawin that was shown previously on the GMA Network.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his wife Helene with 2 children, Kahlil and Jayd Durias.


  1. ^ Cruz, Marinel R. (7 January 2003). "Mew vocalist replaces Luke in South Border". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. A24. Retrieved 22 May 2010.