As she celebrates 30th anniversary in the showbiz industry, Jaya looks back on the beautiful journey that led her into her throne as OPM’s Queen of Soul. According to Jaya, she started out as a back up dancer of her mother, Elizabeth Ramsay in the year 1980 and at the age of 10.
After two years, her mom encouraged her to hold the microphone instead and practice her singing skills Elizabeth’s persistent persuasion is rooted from her wish to have her daughter fill in her legacy once she retires. At first, Elizabeth tried to train her eldest daughter, Susan who did not have flair for music; so she focused on Jaya instead.
“Walang katulad”, is how Jaya describes her mother. She finds herself lucky to witness Elizabeth’s fiery on-stage performances and tough character; and is grateful that she got to imbibe these attributes.
During her younger years in the music scene, Jaya was not the type of singer who studies the nitty-gritty and all the methods of singing she is supposed to deliver. But now, as a 49-year-old performer, Jaya has learned to embrace her comfort zone while still being open to get out of it sometimes; and Jaya believes that stepping into an unknown musical territory brings lessons.
As part of her 49th birthday celebration, Jaya brings a new offering to fans as she recently launched her newest single, “Kasalanan Ko Ba” at a gay entertainment club in Manila. The loud and cheerful atmosphere has blown Jaya away that she even ended up kissing a foreign gay audience in the lips. But Jaya is well-loved by the LGBTQIA Community and saw the act as just a fun spur of the moment.