Jake Zyrus who performed under the mononym Charice until his gender transition to male, is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube.
Jake Zyrus (born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco; May 10, 1992), who performed under the mononym Charice until his gender transition to male, is a Filipino singer who rose to popularity through YouTube. Zyrus signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor in March 2012,
Zyrus released the studio album Charice in 2010; it entered the Billboard 200 at number eight, making it the first album of an Asian solo singer ever to land in the Top 10.
The single “Pyramid”, featuring singer Iyaz, is Zyrus’s most successful single to date, charting within the Top 40 in a number of countries after its debut live performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Crossing over to acting on television, he joined the cast of TV series Glee as Sunshine Corazon. Subsequently, “Before It Explodes”, written by Bruno Mars, was released as the lead single from Zyrus’s second international studio album, Infinity.
In March 2012, Zyrus signed on to be one of the four judges of the Philippine version of The X Factor, which began airing on ABS-CBN in June of that year. In May 2015, Zyrus reunited with former mentor David Foster by performing a version of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” on Asia’s Got Talent. Zyrus announced in June 2017 that he has adopted his current name, discontinued the use of “Charice Pempengco” as his name, and disclosed that he had had both breasts removed and had begun testosterone treatment.