JAYA

JAYA

SINGER

María Luisa Ramsey Kagahastian-Gotidoc (born March 21, 1970), known professionally as Jaya (/ˈə/), is a Filipino soul singer, rapper, record producer, actress, dancer and presenter of mixed Jamaican and Visayan descent. She was a talent of GMA Network but later transferred to ABS-CBN, where she serves as one of the head jury of the Tawag ng Tanghalan segment of the Philippine noontime variety show It’s Showtime and performer on ASAP. Jaya is the first Filipino recording artist to chart in the United States, as her debut single “If You Leave Me Now” peaked at 44 at the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]

Jaya also ventured into musical theatre, playing the role of Surpanakha in the 1999 Filipino musical Rama at Sita staged at the University Theatre.[2] Jaya is currently a member of the R&B vocal tandem SoulJa along with Jay R and Jason Dy.