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Jonalyn "Jona" Roxas Viray (born November 15, 1989 in Marikina City, Philippines) is a Filipino singer and occasional actress She is the first Pinoy Pop Superstar Grand winner.
She was the lead singer of trio girl-group La Diva, alongside Maricris Garcia and Aicelle Santos with whom she shared success following her career as a solo artist. The trio earned string of hits with their rendition of songs such as "I'm Yours", "Angels Brought Me Here", "Apologize" and "Stand up For Love". They were chosen to sing the Philippine National Anthem at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto boxing match in Las Vegas as well as the theme song of Philippine remake of the Mexican telenovela Rosalinda. Following the group's disbandment and her return as a solo artist she released her single 'Help Me Get Over' which was awarded the 'Song of the Year' at the 6th PMPC Star Awards for Music.
In February 2016, Viray ended her decade-long exclusivity with GMA and transferred to ABS-CBN with changing her screen name to "Jona". On her first project in the Kapamilya Network, Jona sang "I Will Survive", the theme song of primetime drama series, We Will Survive. She also sang the second version of I'll Never Love This Way Again, the OST soundtrack of 2016 romantic-drama film, Barcelona: A Love Untold and was chosen to sing the 65th Miss Universe theme entitled "Confidently Beautiful".
Jona singing at Music Museum during "Fearless" concert, wearing a Nat Manilag haute couture gown
|Birth name||Jonalyn Roxas Viray|
|Also known as||The WCOPA World’s Fearless Diva, Philippines’ Soul Princess and “Prima Jona”|
|Born||November 15, 1989|
|Origin||Pio Duran, Albay, Philippines|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, soul, classical|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, occasional actress, philanthropist, TV personality|
|Years active||1996–1999, 2004–present|
|Labels||Star Magic (2016-present) |
Star Music (2016-present)
Throughout her career as member of La Diva and as a solo artist, Jona has won an 6 Awit Award, Aliw Awards, PMPC Star Awards For Music and World Championship of Performing Arts . She is known for her belting technique, melismatic singing style and her ability to sing operatic arias.
Ever since the onset of her career Jona has been quoted as the "Philippines' Soul Princess" by Philippine media and critics.
Born on November 15, 1989, Jona is the only girl and the eldest of 4 kids from Pio Duran, Albay. She started joining singing contests on an early age. She won first runner-up in "Birit Bulilit" of IBC 13 as a child and one of the finalists in MTB Teen Pop Star wherein her winning piece was Mariah Carey’s Never Too Far. Growing up, Jonalyn, much like any aspiring singer, and actress admired Mariah Carey, Regine Velasquez, Whitney Houston, Kyla, and Beyoncé. Viray cites Kyla and Sarah Geronimo as her inspiration saying they "inspired [her] to get up there and do what they did."
Pinoy Pop SuperstarEdit
Jona was 15 years old when she competed at the singing competition Pinoy Pop Superstar held by the local television station GMA 7 and hosted by Regine Velasquez. Jona emerged as the weekly champion after singing the Whitney Houston hit song "Run to You". She also sang "Reflection", "I Have Nothing" and "Never Too Far" on the weeks that follow, and after four consecutive weeks of being weekly champion, she qualified to the grand finals.
For winning the title of, Jona won 1 million pesos in cash and became the owner of a Futura Classic house and lot developed by Filinvest and a brand-new Toyota Innova. She also won an exclusive one-year contract with GMA Records, the recording arm of GMA Network, and received 100,000 pesos worth of Belo Medical services, plus gift certificates worth 50,000 pesos from Gandang Ricky Reyes.
Transfer to ABS-CBNEdit
In February 2016, Jona ended her decade of exclusivity with GMA and transferred to rival network ABS-CBN. Part of her reintroduction was the changing of her screen name to "Jona". Her earliest project in the Kapamilya Network saw her competing in the 2016 edition of Himig Handog, a songwriting and music video competition and also singing "I Will Survive", the theme song of primetime drama series, We Will Survive.
From then on she has sung several theme songs for ABS-CBN films and drama series, became a mainstay of the longest noontime musical variety show ASAP, released her first album under Star Music which achieved Gold and Platinum certifications , held two major concerts which were only several months apart and find herself again competing and winning second place this time in Himig Handog 2017. On the 31st Awit Award, Jona bagged 6 awards, Most Downloaded Artist, Most Streamed Artist, Most Downloaded Song for “You,” Most Streamed Song for "Pusong Ligaw," People's Voice for Favorite Collaboration for "Till the End of Time" with BoybandPH and Best Selling Album of the Year for self-titled album "Jona." Her collaboration with Regine Velasquez, "Matibay," also won Best Musical Arrangement award for composer Marvin Querido.
ASAP Birit QueensEdit
On May 15, 2016, ASAP launched a group called the ASAP Birit Queens. The group is composed of Jona, Morissette Amon, Angeline Quinto and Klarisse de Guzman. The group held a concert on March 31, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The group disbanded in late 2017.
|Pinoy Pop Superstar: The Finalists ||GMA Records||2005||Certified Platinum Record|
|On My Own ||Certified Gold Record|
|La Diva ||2010|
|Jonalyn Viray||Creative Media Entertainment||2013|
|Jona||Star Music||2017||Certified Gold + Platinum Record|
|Title||Original soundtrack of||Album|
|Ay, Amor! ||Rosalinda||La Diva|
|Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig ||Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang|
|Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan||Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan|
|Maging Akin Ka Lamang ||Maging Akin Ka Lamang||None|
|If We Just Hold On||Le Robe De Mariee|
|Mahawi Man ang Ulap||Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap|
|Ang Mundo Ko'y Ikaw||Bakekang|
|Di na Mag-iisa||Darna|
|Ayoko Na Sana||Faithfully|
|Help Me Get Over||My Husband's Lover||Jonalyn Viray|
|Sa Piling Mo||Lola|
|Nakita Kang Muli||Padam Padam: The Music of Their Hearts|
|Tanging Ika'y Mamahalin||Innamorata||None|
|Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali?||Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali?|
|I Will Survive||We Will Survive|
|Maghihintay Ako||Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016|
|I'll Never Love This Way Again (second version)||Barcelona: A Love Untold|
|Ano Nga Ba Tayo||From her new album "Jona"|
|Pusong Ligaw||Pusong Ligaw|
|You||My Ex and Whys|
|Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita||Asintado|
|Ngayon at Kailanman||Ngayon at Kailanman|
- Fearless (February 28, 2014, Music Museum)
- Journey into my Heart (November 27, 2015, Music Museum)
- Queen of the Night: Jona (November 25, 2016, Kia Theatre)
- ASAP Birit Queens (March 31, 2017, Mall of Asia Arena)
- Prima Jona (November 18, 2017, The Theatre at Solaire)
- The Aces (with Lani Misalucha and Darren Espanto) (March 30, 2019, Smart Araneta Coliseum)
|1996||Birit Bulilit||1st Runner Up|
|2004||MTB Teen Popstar||Finalist|
|2004/2005||Pinoy Pop Superstar ||Winner|
|2005/2010||SOP||Herself / Performer|
|2005||My Guardian Abby||Guest|
(now GMA News TV)
|2006||I Luv NY||Jenny de Castro|
|2010/2013||Party Pilipinas||Herself / Performer|
|2012||My Daddy Dearest||Guest Singer|
|2013/2015||Sunday All Stars||Herself / Performer|
|2013||Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman||Guest|
|Kahit Nasaan Ka Man||Herself|
|2016||ASAP||Herself / Performer|
|It's Showtime||Herself / Performer / Guest|
|Gandang Gabi, Vice!|
|2017||Magandang Buhay||Herself / Performer / Guest|
Other TV AppearancesEdit
- Unang Hirit
- Extra Challenge
- Eat Bulaga!
- Sweet Life
- Full Time Moms
- Showbiz Central
- Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho
- Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition
- Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break
- Net 25
- Just Duet
- Rated K
- Umagang Kay Ganda
- Tonight with Boy Abunda
- Kris TV
- I Can See Your Voice
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