Soul in Love

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Soul in Love
Jay R-Soul In Love.JPG
Studio album by Jay R
Released January 2008
Recorded 2007—January 2008
Genre R&B, Pop
Length 1:13:59
Label Universal
Producer Kathleen Dy-Go, Ito Rapadas
Jay R chronology
Christmas Away from Home
(2006)
Soul in Love
(2008)
Jay R Sings OPM Love Classics
(2010)
Singles from Soul in Love
  1. "Tattooed on My Mind"
    Released: February 2008
  2. "No One Else Comes Close (promo only)"
    Released: May 2008
Alternative cover
Soul in Love (Re-release)
Soul in Love (Re-release)

Soul in Love is the fourth studio album and second cover album by Filipino singer Jay R, released in January 2008 by Universal Records. The album showcases his vocal quality and range, singing classical R&Bs and jazzes that he grew up listening to, like "After the Love Has Gone", "Always and Forever" and "Ain't No Sunshine". It received highly positive reviews from OPM critics, and won numerous awards for his outstanding vocal performance. It has also helped Jay R gain new audience and fans.

The album was made available on digital download through iTunes and Amazon.com on April 1, 2008.[1][2] To date, it has been certified Platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry for selling more than 30,000 units in the Philippines.[3]

Release and promotion[edit]

Initially, Soul in Love had no promotion. It was until it reached Gold certification that Jay R started promoting the album. He did concerts, mall shows, gigs and TV guestings to advertise the album. He did a Soul in Love Mall Tour on July 4, 2008, performing on malls like Megamall. On July 10, 2008, he went to Japan to further increase in sales and popularity. He also did numerous TV guestings, including one on MYX Live!, where he performed the album's tracks—which include Anita Baker's classic hit "Sweet Love", Quincy Jones' "One Hundred Ways", Heatwave's classic ballad "Always and Forever", and Joe's pop hit "No One Else Comes Close". The episode aired on July 16, 2008 and was hosted by Jett Pangan. On August 1, 2008 (after the album has reached Gold), Soul in Love had its album launch at Eastwood City, Libis. Also in August 2008, he guested on SiS, performing "No One Else Comes Close".

Singles[edit]

"Tattooed on My Mind" was released early in 2008 as the album's first single. It features D'Sound, the band who originally recorded and released the song, becoming their most popular and biggest single. Jay R sang the song as a duet with the band's vocalist. The music video also features the band, and only shows footage from the recording sessions of the song. It was shot in 2006 during D'Sound's Philippine Tour, promoting their album My Today.[4] The single charted on both music video and radio charts, but did not perform as well as Jay R's past releases. "No One Else Comes Close", originally recorded by American R&B singer Joe, was released in the summer of 2008 as a radio-only single. It received positive reception and became a favorite on radio stations.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Titik Pilipino 5/5 stars[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Soul in Love has received the highest ratings among Jay R albums, and has even sold impressively, remaking the commercial success that was achieved by his debut album, Gameface. On July 13, 2008, the album was certified gold by the PARI for selling above 15,000 copies in the Philippines. Its awarding was held on GMA-7's TV musical variety show, SOP.[6] Before the album was launched in August 2008, it was already certified gold. Early in 2009, the album reached Platinum status by the PARI, selling over 30,000 units in the country.

Critical response[edit]

Not only did the album sell well, but it also received overwhelming positive reviews by OPM critics. Lorelie Dino of Titik Pilipino gave the album a perfect rating of five out of five stars, saying "As everybody should be well aware of by now, Jay R is a very talented artist". She added "He is not just a typical Fil-Am boy, but someone you’d take much pleasure in listening to and be entertained by". She listed her ten most favorite tracks from the album, explaining "I’ll only list down my top 10, otherwise I’d end up enumerating all the tracks". The list includes "Tender Love", "No One Else Comes Close", and "Two Occasions" as her top three. The review ended up with Dino, stating "Soul in Love is definitely a must-have collection".[7]

The album has earned Jay R numerous awards and nominations on musical events. On the fourth Philippine Hip-Hop Awards held at One Ayala, Intercontinental Manila in 2008, he won the R&B Artist of the Year award for the first time, succeeding previous title holder, Nina.[8] On the ASAP 24K Awards 2008, the album was given a recognition for certifying gold by the PARI. On the first ever Wave 89.1 Urban Music Awards in 2009, he was nominated on four categories including Best Male Soul/R&B Artist and Best Remake for "Tattooed on My Mind" with D'Sound. However, he lost Best Male to Marcus Davis and Best Remake to Thor and Amber's "Spend My Life with You".[9] On the 2009 ASAP Platinum Circle, the album was recognized for reaching Platinum status. Unfortunately, GMA-7 did not allow the singer to attend the event of their rival TV station.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks were produced by Ito Rapadas.[10]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist(s) Length
1. "One Hundred Ways" Tony Coleman, Kathy Wakefield, Benjamin Wright Quincy Jones 4:19
2. "Just to See Her" Jimmy George, Lou Pardim Smokey Robinson 3:59
3. "You Make Me Feel Brand New" Thomas Bell, Linda Creed The Stylistics 4:49
4. "Love Won't Let Me Wait" Vinnie Barrett, Bobby Eli Major Harris 4:40
5. "Always and Forever" Rod Temperton Heatwave 5:33
6. "After the Love Has Gone" Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon Earth, Wind & Fire 4:02
7. "No One Else Comes Close" Joe Thomas, Gary Baler, Darrel Perry Joe 3:48
8. "Time Will Reveal" El Debarge, Bunny Debarge El DeBarge 4:31
9. "She's Out of My Life" Tom Bahler Michael Jackson 3:33
10. "Two Occasions" Kenny Edmonds, Darnell Bristol, Sidney Johnson The Deele 4:15
11. "Sweet Love" Anita Baker, Gary Bias, Louis Johnson Anita Baker 3:36
12. "What You Won't Do for Love" Bobby Caldwell, Alfons Kettner Bobby Caldwell 4:04
13. "What's Going On" Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye 4:29
14. "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers Bill Withers 2:44
15. "Neither One of Us" Jim Weatherly Gladys Knight & the Pips 4:20
16. "Tender Love" James Harris, Terry Lewis Force MD's 3:01
17. "You Are My Lady" Barry Eastmond Barry Eastmond 4:04
18. "Tattooed on My Mind" (with D'Sound) D'Sound D'Sound 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Arnold Buena - arranger
  • Barbi Chan - grooming
  • Kathleen Dy-Go - executive producer
  • Fred Garcia - arranger, piano
  • Gil Losenada - instrumental tracks recording
  • Mister Eazy - drums
  • Edward Picache - saxophone, flute
  • Janno Queyquep - guitar tracks
  • Ito Rapadas - album producer, mixing and digital mastering, arranger
  • Jay'C Rivera - album design
  • Rickson Ruiz - drums
  • Ronnie Salvacion - photography
  • Jay R Sillona - lead vocals, back-up vocals
  • Dante Tanedo - instrumental tracks recording, mixing and digital mastering
  • Bobby Velasco - arranger
  • Willy Villa - instrumental tracks recording, mixing and digital mastering
    • Soundstrite Studio (Makati City, Philippines) - drums and vocals recording (track 18)
    • U.R. Recording Studio (Quezon City, Philippines) - instrumental tracks recording, mixing and digital mastering

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
Philippines PARI Platinum[3] 30,000+

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format
Philippines February 2008 Standard (CD)
United States April 1, 2008 Standard (digital download)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Album information "Soul in Love Jay R" iTunes Retrieved 2010-08-31
  2. ^ Album information "Soul in Love Jay R" Amazon.com Retrieved 2010-08-31
  3. ^ a b "Jay R 2010 album info and past album certifications". Titik Pilipino Retrieved 2010-08-31
  4. ^ Universal Records (Philippines) (April 17, 2008). "Tattooed On My Mind - Jay R with D'Sound official music video". YouTube. 
  5. ^ Titik Pilipino review
  6. ^ Nerisa Almo, "Jay R denies rumors about jumping to the other network", PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal, July 9, 2008
  7. ^ Lorelie Dino, Album review "Soul in Love - Jay R", Titik Pilipino Retrieved 2010-09-02
  8. ^ "List of Philippine Hip-Hop Awards 2008 winners". Titik Pilipino Retrieved 2010-09-02
  9. ^ "List of Wave 89.1 Urban Music Awards 2009 nominees and winners". Wave 89.1 Retrieved 2010-08-02
  10. ^ Album information "Soul in Love Jay R" Titik Pilipino Retrieved 2010-08-31