A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Photos: Launch Group
Videos: Vina Chia & Teng Siew Eng

There have been quite a few changes, to say the least, in Janice and Sonia Lee’s lives since the YouTube sensations more commonly known as Jayesslee were last in town for their APAC Tour in 2012 – not only did the Korean-Australian twins tie the knot, they also became mothers to two baby boys.

And last night’s Jayesslee Asia Tour 2015 gig at the Kallang Theatre, the first of three shows (two of which are completely sold out) here in Singapore, was their debut showcase as new mums.

After performing four songs in their famously flawlessly harmonised vocals, the sisters turned the spotlight on their young families, who emerged on stage to adoring “awww’s” and subdued claps, in case anything too raucous scared the infants, from the audience.

Then, following a brief introduction that had Sonia’s one-year-old Jordan adorably muttering an indignant noise into the microphone and Janice’s nine-month-old Shane trying to eat it, the tiny tots were seated on the laps of their daddies mere feet from their mummies (of course they get the best view in the house), who serenaded them with a remixed version of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘ABC’, and JJ Heller’s ‘I Get To Be The One’.

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A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Janice and Sonia’s direct families weren’t the only ones invited to join them on the platform – a few members from their other family (their family of fans, that is) were also called up when the twosome asked “if anyone out there has prepared something for us”.

As luck would have it for some well-equipped devotees, they were armed with gifts for the girls and had the chance to personally present them on stage before posing for photographs together (fun fact: one of them was also named Janice, much to Janice [Lee’s] delight and amusement).

In return, Janice and Sonia gave them Tim Tam chocolate biscuits from Australia. “I know you have them here in Singapore too but they’re not real,” Janice (the one from Jayesslee) joked.

The casual and light-hearted atmosphere permeated the rest of the two-hour concert, which featured covers of popular hits like Sia’s ‘Titanium’, Passenger’s ‘Let It Go’, 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘She Looks So Perfect’ and even Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’, as well. While most performers we’ve seen usually pause to address the audience between sets of four to five songs, Jayesslee had something to say to the crowd between every single track, from calling out secret Swifties (“Life is too short to pretend to not be a fan of Taylor Swift,” Janice quipped as the intro for their fantastic cover of ‘Blank Space’) to openly sharing about their Christian faith.

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A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Towards the end of the two-hour presentation, the girls opened the floor for a short Q&A session. As expected from a typically docile Lion City horde, an awkward silence fell upon the hall at first, reminding the duo of the shyness of Singaporeans they experienced on the streets of Orchard Road.

“We heard people saying, ‘It’s Jayesslee, it’s Jayesslee’, but none of you came up to say hi!” said an exasperated Janice. (Guys, you know the drill now. And besides, whispering behind someone’s back is rather rude.)

Finally, a brave soul got the ball rolling, and posed the question – by shouting across the hall, because that’s how intimate last night’s gig was – that’s likely on the mind of any one of Jayesslee’s 1.8 million YouTube subscribers who has noticed a drop in frequent new updates: when are they going to post more videos?

As Sonia explained, caring for two mini human beings takes up loads of time, and as anyone can see from one of their more recent uploads (‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj), any attempt at belting out another cover is easily thwarted by a bawling, dissatisfied baby.

Hopefully, as little Jordan and Shane grow up to be less dependent on their mummies, we can look forward to seeing Janice and Sonia back in full force on their channel again. We’ll be keeping tabs on your channel, ladies.

WATCH: Jayesslee performs 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘Jayesslee - She Looks So Perfect’
WATCH: Jayesslee performs John Legend’s ‘All of Me’

Click through our gallery for more pictures from last night’s Jayesslee concert:

The JAYESSLEE ASIA TOUR 2015 – SINGAPORE is happening again today (17 January) at 3pm and 8pm at the Kallang Theatre. Tickets for the 8pm show are sold out, while those for the 3pm show are priced from $38 to $118 (excludes booking fee) and are available at SISTIC.

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Selfie time with the crowd! "I'm honestly really embarrassed [by having to use a selfie stick] but there's no other way!" laughed Janice. (Click on to see the result!)

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

The girls posted their selfie with last night's Singapore crowd a couple of hours after the show ended. Can you spot yourself?

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Younger sis Sonia Lee.

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Older sister (by 10 minutes) Janice Lee.

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

The girls were candid and shared all kinds of witty remarks throughout the evening.

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

Sonia played the guitar while Janice played the keyboard and the tambourine.

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore
11 Mar 2015

A Jayesslee family affair in Singapore

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