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Here’s Why We’re Replaying Jake Zyrus’s Version of “Under the Influence”

Jake Zyrus performs at Pinoy Relief Benefit ConcertPhoto by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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Filipino singer Jake Zyrus has put his own spin on Chris Brown’s “Under the Influence” in his latest song cover. Confidently belting his powerful vocals, the video has gotten quite a wide traction in social media.

Jake Zyrus releases cover of Chris Brown’s Viral Smash

Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice Pempengco prior to his gender transition, has released his cover of the TikTok famous song on October 5, 2022. With a dark long couch and sepia-toned photographs as background, the singer showed off his low and high notes.

Zyrus is obviously feeling the music based on his gestures. The way he sang the sensual lyrics of the song was cozy, perfectly complementing the vibe of the production.

“Under the Influence” is the third track in Chris Brown’s album Indigo, which was released back in 2019. The song has gained immense attention this year after its repeated use in TikTok. 


Internet Lauds him for his Unique Twist to the Song

The original song is definitely a bop, but Jake Zyrus’s version is a cool treat to fans. On social media, fans have expressed how proud they are to the singer.

“Incredible! Your voice is phenomenal!” a fan wrote.

Another one commented saying that R&B suit his voice the best, while some wished that he would be given a big break once again.


Beyond doubt, the singer has given justice to Chris Brown’s viral hit. In less than 24 hours, his cover already reached 340,000 views on TikTok and 26,000 views on Instagram.

What has Jake Zyrus been up to now?

Jake Zyrus is slowly but surely rebuilding his career after he has reintroduced himself as a transgender man in 2017. When he transitioned, several were shocked, even disappointed that he altered his original voice. Nevertheless, he seemed more comfortable with his body now, and that’s what ultimately matters.

At present, he has been releasing song covers and collaborating with musicians in the Philippines. Last September, he released a cover of “Glimpse of Us” by Joji with Cheesa, a Filipino artist. He also released his version of The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” last week.

In a GQ Magazine feature, Jake Zyrus shared his transition story to inspire kids and victims of sexual abuse to have courage like him.

“I just want to sing for people,” he said. “My dream is that someday, they’ll say, yeah, the music is still there. Whether it’s Charice or Jake Zyrus, I’m a singer.”

The former X Factor Philippines judge currently resides in California and is now planning for a tour in the United States. Fans are happy to see his return to the limelight making national headlines.

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