JayR (born Gaudencio Aquino Sillona III), also known as the Philippines' King of R&B, is a Filipino-American platinum recording artist, producer, performer, actor, endorser and owner of his record label, Homeworkz Entertainment Services. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, JayR started his musical journey by performing with a group called First Impression (alongside Kris Lawrence and Jimmy Muna), as well as his uncle Bobby Sillona's band, The Howlers. He also produced music out of a small studio at his parents house (Studio KO) for various local artists. While working on his own music as a solo artist, he would take on side jobs as a demo vocalist for other producers around Hollywood to make money. In 2003, JayR was offered a record deal with Universal Records and network deal GMA TV Network, which then gave him an opportunity to fly to the Philippines and embark on a musical career on a larger scale.
In 2003 JayR released his first album, Gameface, which became a certified platinum record by Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). His lead single, Design for Love shot to number one on all the radio and music channels nationwide. His second single, Bakit Pa Ba, also reached number one and remained at the top of the OPM charts for months. Gameface won multiple awards including Awit awards, MYX awards, an MTV Philippines award, an ASAP award and a number of radio awards. In 2005, JayR released a self-titled album, and then followed with a Christmas album, Holiday of Love in 2006. In 2008, he released an english cover album, Soul in Love, which also became a certified platinum record. In 2010, released yet another platinum record, OPM Love Classics.
Because of the success of his first album, JayR instantly became a household name in the Philippines, by which he became a highly sought-after endorser for brands like Bench, Sun Cellular, Unisilver, Colgate, Tropicana, Technomarine, and Kaspersky. As a GMA artist, JayR performed regularly on hit Sunday noontime show, SOP / Party Pilipinas / Sunday All Stars, while also taking on roles in local TV series like Love to Love, Encantadia, and Magic Palayok. JayR made his big screen debut in 2004 in a movie called Happy Together alongside Kris Aquino. He then starred in Desperadas I & II, with Marian Rivera, Ruffa Gutierrez, Iza Calzado and Rufa Mae Quinto, Exodus, alongside Senator Bong Revilla, and Hari ng Sablay starring Bearwin Meily.
In 2006, JayR opened his own record label called JayRs Music, in order to better distribute his original work. Under JayRs Music, JayR worked on his Christmas album, initially called Christmas Away from Home, which then turned into Holiday of Love at final release. In 2009, He decided to focus on building his independent label, and renamed it Homeworkz Entertainment Services. Under which, he signed his first acts, Hip-Hop/R&B artists Q-York and Chelo A. Soon after, he signed Alternative Rock band Kley, and novelty Rap/Hip-Hop artists Salbakuta. His newest signee is a Singer/dancer/model Mica Javier. His most recent releases under Homeworkz are both duets; the first of which is a song called Falling for You, with Youtube sensation, Marie Digby earlier in 2013. In June 2013, he released the second single, Tonight, with Timbaland Productions recording artist Mica Javier. Tonight hit No. 1 on Wave 89.1 FM's charts. His latest single You Are Not Alone feat Kyla is currently climbing the Pinoy Myx countdown charts at #15.
2015 JayR became an official owner of Bar/Restaurant TreeHouse in Makati. He also transferred to ABS-CBN and landed a new show called Your Face Sounds Familiar with Gary Valenciano, Sharon Cuneta, Billy Crawford and Jed Madela. JayR is the first weeks champion scoring the highest points. He won over the judges and all of Philippines when he portrayed Pepe Smith in an unforgettable performance.