Even before she started preparing for her upcoming solo concert on June 26, Jayda Avanzado credited her parents Dingdong Avanzado and Jessa Zaragoza for always being in close contact with her.
“Siyempre kasi isa sa pinaka-importante pagdating sa relationship with your parents is communication and that’s something that they’ve instilled in me. In the same breath, masasabi ko na hindi nawawala yung aspeto na ginagabayan nila ao sa bawat decision ko. They make it very clear that there’s a parent-child relationship without it being domineering or something like that. I feel it in the wisdom na pinapasa nila sa akin. It feels very parental. But at the same time, talagang malapit ako sa mga magulang ko. Siyempre kasi nag-iisang anak lang ako so we’re a very tight knit family,” she shared during the Jayda in Concert mediacon.
Jayda said it has always been her dad who has helped make the songwriting process easier for her.
“I think something that my dad has always taught me is to always have a teachable spirit and it’s really a nonstop process of learning. That’s what he always tells me so I keep that in mind. Honestly kahit dati pa talaga, he has always been my co-writer for a lot of my songs especially yung mga kanta ko sa Tagalog siya talaga yung gumagabay sa akin kasi Tagalog isn’t my first language. I grew up in America. Pero talagang pinagtuunan ko ng pansin na pag-aralan talaga yung Tagalog and I think writing in Tagalog was me challenging myself as an artist to grow and my dad helped me a lot with that. Siyempre masayang masaya ako siyempre for this song especially dahil yung usual na ginagawa namin mga hugot songs and ito siguro may konting hugot siya but there’s a lesson so kakaiba siya,” she explained.
When asked what songs she would choose if she could dedicate songs to her parents, Jayda shared the most meaningful ones for her.
“I think the best songs really come from the heat of inspiration when it’s really strong. I really want to write that song and I want to do it right. I’ve been waiting for that right moment but I do intend to one day write a song for them. But at the current moment I would dedicate the song Unconditionally to my mom since I do love her unconditionally and our love is very unconditional. And to my dad would be ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys because number one, I’ve always looked up to Alicia Keys since she’s a piano player and my dad’s always been the person to really encourage me in terms of being a piano player and it’s just a very fitting song. If I didn’t have my dad I don’t think I’d be the person and the artist I am today and the artist that I’m continuing to evolve to become,” she said.
Watch Jayda in Concert on June 26 (Saturday) at 8 pm with a re-run the next day, June 27 (Sunday) at 10 am on KTX.ph, iWanTTFC, and TFC IPTV.