Imagine opening the door to your room, setting your school bag aside, and firing up the family PC. It’s the year 2004, the golden era of R&B, and life feels perfect. The speakers are blasting the latest local R&B tracks from Jay R, and you can’t help but feel that it’s going to be a great day. The excitement builds as you anticipate the upcoming weekend, eagerly planning a trip to the CD store to finally lay your hands on Kyla‘s latest chart-topping hits. 

The Back In Time concert featuring Jay R and Kyla was a nostalgic journey that transported the audience back to the golden era of early 2000s R&B. As I stepped into the New Frontier Theater, memories flooded my mind, taking me back to a time when music was everything, when simply listening to my favorite tracks was enough to make my afternoons and waiting for music videos on MTV was the highlight of my evenings.

The anticipation in the air was noticeable as fans eagerly awaited the start of the concert. Despite the weather, the venue was packed, a testament to the enduring popularity of these two iconic singers. Back In Time was not just another gig or live performance; it was an experience my teenage self would thank me for.

From the moment Jay R and Kyla took the stage, their powerful vocals filled the air, instantly captivating the audience. What set this concert apart was not only the artists’ exceptional singing but also the impeccable production quality. The band’s accompaniment elevated the songs, making them feel even more monumental. Every aspect, from the dazzling lights to the stunning stage setup, created a visual and auditory feast that perfectly complemented the overall aesthetic of the concert.

While the crowd anticipated hearing classic tracks from Jay R and Kyla’s discography, they were pleasantly surprised when new singles were unveiled. It was a refreshing experience, like discovering these 2000s favorites all over again. The artists proved that their talent and musical evolution have stood the test of time, delivering new music that resonated with both long-time fans and newcomers.

As Jay R belted out “Bakit Pa Ba,” a song that once had us glued to MYX in anticipation, a wave of nostalgia washed over the audience. Despite the passing of two decades, the song still had the power to touch our hearts. Kyla astounded the crowd with her angelic voice, hitting those high notes in “Hanggang Ngayon” that left everyone in awe. 

Of course, no Jay R and Kyla concert would be complete without their iconic duets. The chemistry between the two was palpable as they performed crowd favorites like “Say That You Love Me.” It was a delight to witness how these artists had grown individually over the years, yet found themselves back on stage, recreating magic through the songs that once captured our hearts.

As the concert drew to a close, the audience left with beaming smiles, their hearts filled with the same joy they felt years ago when they passionately sang these songs in their bedrooms. Back In Time had taken us on a journey to our youth, gushing over our idols and hoping to one day meet them. The show that GNN Pop put together was a concert that left a lasting impression on the audience. 

Jay R and Kyla reminded us of the power of music to transport us to a different time and reignite the emotions and memories associated with it. The Back In Time concert was a celebration of not only their incredible talent but also the impact they have had on our lives. It was a night filled with nostalgia, inspiration, and a shared love for the music that has shaped our hearts and souls.

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Photo credits | Denise Viña and Kris Rocha.

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