Monday, June 2, 2008
Jaya ("The Fillipina Queen of Soul")
Jaya started out in show business when she was 10 years old as a back-up dancer to her mother. At the age of 13, she became the undefeated champion of the GMA-7 noon show, "Student Canteen" and joined the Opera House.
In 1982, Jaya started doing solo performances under the name "Louise Ramsey." In 1985, she and her mother moved to the United States where she attended Marshall High School in Los Angeles, California.
After completing high school in 1988, Jaya ran away from home and went to New York with a friend. She got a job as a back-up vocalist to the group of freestyle singer Stevie B.
After a year in New York, Jaya moved to Florida and was offered an opportunity to finish an album that was already started by another artist. In February of 1989, she signed a record deal with LMR Records.
After living in Florida for 4 years, Jaya moved back to California to be closer to her mother. While there, she continued to perform music for the next few years, primarily in the Filipino community. After the release of her debut album, she seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth (well, in the United States anyway.)
These, Jaya continues to work in the entertainment industry in the Philippines, working in music, television, and also theater. She is married to her husband, Gary Gotidoc and has two children.
To see the music video for "Shadow Love," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "If You Leave Me Now," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "One Kiss Per Minute," go to:
[updated on 04\08\2016]