|Artist Birtday :||15/11/1989 (Age 33)|
|Born In :||Marikina, Philippines|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, Occasional Actress, Philanthropist, TV Host|
|Genres :||Pop, R&B, Soul, Classical|
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”.
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.
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