KUYA releases first single ‘Stay Here’
TORONTO–KUYA, an alternative R&B/Soul group (consisting of group members Bobby, Sammy, Johann and Jason) release their first single, Stay Here, along with the accompanying music video featuring Miss Universe Canada, Riza Santos.
The group is excited to finally be unveiling new music. “Today we are still here because of our love for the music. We are here because we believe our voices need to be heard,” Sammy, a member of Kuya stated, “Times have changed. Music has evolved in just over a decade and the face of R&B has embraced artists of different backgrounds, including international superstars such Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and Miguel. Their are also upcoming faces such as Sam Smith, Mikky Ekko, Allen Stone and Daley.
Stay Here embraces the reality of how short life really can be, and the idea of cherishing each and every moment that we’re alive. We never know when we may lose someone, or when it may be the last time we see them; however, “Stay Here” centres around the positive message of forever knowing someone is in your heart, even if their physical is no longer with us.
The word Kuya, meaning older brother in the filipino language, was chosen as the name for the group for a very specific reason – Kuya consists of a set of brothers, Sammy and Bobby (born and raised in Toronto), along with Johann and Jayson who hail from Montreal.
The group was first introduced to the world in early 2003 with their VIDEOFACT funded video «Southern Girl» which was was featured on MuchVibe, and gained enough viewership to be certified “Vibe-Rated”. The group took a hiatus due to personal life decisions. It was then that Bobby and Sammy formed Kuya Productions.
About Kuya Productions:
Kuya Productions are a grammy nominated production team from Toronto. They have produced hits for international artists such as Nelly, Mase, Ginuwine, Nicole Scherzinger and Big Time Rush to name a few. They established their label by launching their first act JRDN. He went on to have 2 Gold Singles and 2 Juno Nominations in 2012. Now reunited, Kuya will release their first single and video Stay Here in March 2014. They will release a second single in July 2014. The highly-anticipated and long awaited EP, is scheduled to be released September 2014.
• FACTOR Juried sound recording grant recipient 2013
• MUCHFACT award recipient 2013
• VIDEOFACT award recipient for Southern Girl in 2003 VibeRated