Jaya reveals how Kyla and Erik Santos prevented her from quitting showbiz

by Bernie V. Franco
May 5, 2017
Jaya recalled the time when she was about ready to leave her showbiz career in the Philippines and live in the U.S. with her family. 

Jaya, tagged as the Philippine’s Queen of Soul, revealed that she was on the verge of quitting showbiz before she found a new management.

It’s been only a year since Jaya signed up with Cornerstone Entertainment and since she became an artist of ABS-CBN.

Prior to that, Jaya has been largely identified as a talent of GMA-7 for two decades.

She began her singing career in the Philippines in 1995: has had a number of top-selling albums under her belt and has popularized OPM hit songs.

When musical-variety shows began to wane in GMA-7 around four years ago, Jaya tried her hand in acting and did a number of teleseryes such as Marimar (2015) and Poor Senorita (2016).

However, being primarily a singer, Jaya recalled contemplating about the future of her career.

“For the longest time parang I just didn’t really know if I was just going to continue singing, [or] is it just acting na lang,” the singer admitted during her JAYA: No Boundaries concert press conference held at the Icon Hotel in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Thursday, May 4.

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She continued, “A lot of artists, actors lahat ng taga-showbiz nagkakaroon ng turning point and hindi guaranteed sa amin na habang buhay kaming nakaplano ng Plan A.”

She said that the showbiz industry is constantly changing and one needs to have a backup plan just in case Plan A does not work out.

She revealed, “I almost quit just for the fact na gusto ko na lang to quietly leave for the United States, kasi first and foremost, I’m a mom and I was just really losing direction.

“I really didn’t know what I was gonna do and work.”

However, things took a different turn and she realized that she’s not ready to leave showbiz just yet.

This intervention she credited to a higher power.

“Yung planong ganyan hindi natin plano 'yan. Someone has a major plan for our lives. As soon as it was revealed to me na hindi pa ako aalis, dumating ang Cornerstone.”

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Going into details, she related that she once bumped into Kyla, whom she used to work with in a variety show on GMA-7.

Kyla left GMA in 2015 and transferred to ABS-CBN.

Jaya happened to bump into Erik Santos as well.

Both Kyla and Erik were being managed by Cornerstone, and they tried to convince Jaya to be managed by their talent arm.

She did and signed up with them last year.

Now under her new management, Jaya feels contented. She proudly said that in just one year that she’s been with them, she has performed in three or four different countries, is now a resident judge in "Tawag ng Tanghalan" on It’s Showtime, and is holding her concert this May 12.

“Minsan yung tao na normal minsan sinasabi, ‘O, lumipat ka na kasi!’ It’s not easy to make any type of change in your life.

“Kaya nung nalipat po talaga ako ng management and I entered ABS-CBN, that was just like unexpected.

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“’Even in my foresight, di 'yan tumawid sa imahinasyon ko kasi alam kong imposible.

“But things are given to us,” she beamed.

And for the changes that happened in her life, be it change in manager and change of TV network, Jaya said she to be where she is right now.

Jaya’s special guests at her concert include Kyla, Thor, KZ Tandingan, among others.

JAYA: No Boundaries will be held at the Music Museum on May 12 and produced by Aqueous Entertainment, co-presented by Star Image and Studio Q and line-produced by Cornerstone Entertainment.

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