Monday, June 2, 2008

Jaya ("The Fillipina Queen of Soul")

Jaya (born Maria Luisa Ramsey on March 21, 1969 in Manila, Philippines) is a former freestyle\dance singer. She got her name from an American record producer when he signed to her a record deal in the United States. Her mother is comedienne\singer, Elizabeth Ramsey.

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.
During that same year, Jaya released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
Jaya's debut single, "If You Leave Me Now" peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1990 and #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. The success of the single gave her the opportunity to work across the United States with artists such as Milli Vanilli, James Ingram, the Jets, and MC Hammer.
Jaya's follow-up single, "One Kiss Per Minute" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in December of 1990.

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]

1 comment:

souljaz69 said...

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