Jona returns to concert stage as 'Prima Jona'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — She was the "Queen of the Night" in 2016, but now the 27 year-old multi-awarded singer and "Birit Queen" member Jona Viray is ready to conquer the Solaire concert stage as "Prima Jona."

Jona will be singing with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and vows to add her own twist to some of her hit songs, power ballads and classical songs.

"Sobra po akong thankful at nabigyan ako ng another opportunity to showcase yung talent ko as a singer, paraan ko na rin po ito to say thank you sa mga taong naniniwala sa akin in the past 12 years ko sa music industry." Jona said in a Monday press conference.

[Translation: I am extremely grateful that I was given another opportunity to showcase my talent. This is also my way of saying thank you to those who have supported me in my 12-year stint in the music industry]

Joining her on that special night will be "Asia's Songbird" and mentor Regine Velasquez-Alacasid. Another special guest will be tenor singer and "Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag" lead actor Arman Ferrer.

"Sobrang happy po ako at pinagbigyan ako ni Ate Reg na makasama siya ulit sa concert ko na ito, sa dami ng pinagdaanan namin nakita ko po talaga yung support niya sa career ko," Jona said.

[Translation: I am very happy that Ate Reg agreed to join me in this concert. After everything that we've been through, she never left my side and supported my carreer all throughout]

Jona and Velasquez first worked together when she won as the first Pinoy Pop Superstar grand winner in 2005. She later on became part of the defunct group "La Diva" with singers Aicelle Santos and Maricris Garcia.

She moved to the Kapamilya network in 2016. She's now part of ASAP's regular segment called "Birit Queens" together with young divas Angeline Quinto, Morisette Amon and Klarisse De Guzman.

'Papa's Girl' dedicates concert to late father

Jona turned emotional when reporters asked her about her father, who passed away while she was performing at the 30th anniversary concert of Regine Velasquez.

"Siguro po will talaga ni Lord na hindi muna ipaalam sa akin na nawala na siya nung gabing 'yun kasi kung nalaman ko na namatay na siya baka hindi na ako nakaakyat sa stage." she said.

[Translation: I think it's God's will not to know about my father's death before my concert performance or else I won't be able to go up stage and sing]

The Kapamilya singer's father, Fernando Viray, passed away at the age of 51 after battling a fungal infection that affected his brain resulting to various complications.

"I miss him a lot. There are songs in our lineup dedicated to those people we've lost and loved. But now that my father's gone, I don't how I can sing those songs, but I will try my very best," Jona said.

When asked if there were things she wished she could have said and done for her late father, Jona said she wanted to bring him abroad and watch her perform.

But now that her father is no longer by her side, she would just remember what her father always said in her every performance: to give her all.

Prima Jona: Braver, deeper

As Jona takes the concert stage in November 18, she revealed that fans can expect power belting songs, adding that and she is ready to take on more challenging songs.

The "Fearless Diva" adds that she also wants to improve on singing Whitney Houston classics and get better in using her low notes and register.

The concert will be filled with powerful performance and she hopes that the audience will be reminded why she deserves her spot in the music industry and why she can be called "Prima Jona."

The "Prima Jona" concert will be held at the Solaire Theater on Saturday.