It has been two years since Jaya transferred to ABS-CBN and her new management, Cornerstone Talents.
This was after her surprise departure from GMA-7 in 2016, which had been her home network for more than 15 years.
The 48-year-old singer is thankful that after many years in showbiz, she's still able to do what she loves most.
However, she also acknowledged what has changed now that she's with a different management company.
She told reporters, "I cannot be thankful enough, napakaswerte ko dahil I’ve been singing since 12 years old and I’m turning 48 and I’m still doing the same thing.
"The only difference is that the management that I’m with—Cornerstone—is really not just a management group. They’re also like my mentors and they tell me what exactly should be done, yung meron talagang guidance from them."
Jaya is also happy to work with other singers in Cornerstone's roster of talents, including Kapamilya homegrown singers Erik Santos, Yeng Constantino, Richard Poon, KZ Tandingan, and Angeline Quinto, and former Kapuso singers Kyla and Jay-R.
Jaya continued, "Then, yun nga, yung camaraderie sa mga artists, kasi mahirap matagpuan yung mga kasamahan sa industriya na lahat kayo nagmamahalan, nagrerespetuhan.
"This is exactly what we’re trying to show everyone: that it is possible to work with people, different ages, different genres, as long as you put your minds together, you can create something.
"And that’s also for me as a performer, talagang feeling ko, na-swak ako sa Cornerstone kasi kung ano yung gusto ko—yung pagkanta—nasu-supply nila yung knowledge and everything.
"So for me, I’m really happy, I feel like I fit in."
When it comes to her exposure in ABS-CBN, Jaya said that being a judge in It's Showtime's "Tawag ng Tanghalan" gave a big boost to her career.
She admitted, "And with ABS din also, napakalaking tulong na nakikita ako sa 'Tawag ng Tanghalan,' narerespeto ako bilang isang performer and singer, so I really feel really blessed."
Jaya spoke to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other reporters during the general presscon of Cornerstone Concerts's Media Night yesterday, March 5, at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City.
CONTROVERSIAL GONG. Speaking of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," it was recalled during the presscon that Jaya hit the gong for all three contenders last Valentine's Day, February 14.
As head of the panel of judges during that episode, Jaya had the power to stop a contestant performing on stage in case he or she falls below the standards of the judges. This is indicated by striking the gong.
The move was a surprise to everyone because it was the first time that all contestants were "gonged," and no contestant was able to challenge the defending winner.
The Queen of Soul explained why this happened. "Alam niyo kung bakit, mahirap po kasi masira ang kredibilidad mo.
"Alam mo na ang naririnig mo tapos pagbibigyan mo.
"So is it about being fair or is it about naaawa ka? So for me, if you’re going to sing and you know this is a competition, you get one shot, you do it like it’s the last time you’re going to sing.
"Now, if I find something wrong, magbibigay ako ng chance but at the same time, I have to be fair to the others."
Despite what happened, Jaya reiterated that "Tawag ng Tanghalan" owes its existence to the contestants.
"Pero mahal natin lahat ng contenders ng 'Tawag ng Tangahalan' dahil pag wala sila, wala pong show."
CONCERT WITH JAY-R, JASON DY. Jaya is set to headline a concert together with The Voice PH Season 2 winner Jason Dy and King of R&B Jay-R.
This is the first time that these three singers, dubbed as the "Soul and R&B Royalties," will collaborate for a concert.
PEP.ph asked the three singers what people can expect in the still-untitled concert, which is scheduled to happen in August 2018.
Jason Dy, Jaya, and Jay-R
Jay-R said, "That’s actually why we’re doing this concert, e, kasi we each have a different flavor.
"Kaya ginagawa namin para makita ng tao na malawak din ang R&B and Soul, hindi lang isang tunog.
"Marami din yang generations, it evolves. But at the same time, it stays classic—the sound of soul, and ipapakita namin yan through the concert."
According to Jaya, they are set to show different kinds of performances that will bring a different sound to R&B.
She said, "I think lang for us, iba-iba talaga yung sound na pwede namin i-put and at the same time, we can dance, we can try rapping.
"Ang dami naming pwedeng ipasok na old stuff pero importante, makahabol ako so ngayon pa lang mag-e-exercise na ako!
"But I’m so excited with these two guys to sing with me."
As for Jason, who is the youngest among the three in terms of industry experience, he considers this concert a dream come true.
Smiling, he recalled, "Actually, itong dalawang ito talaga are the artists that made me fall in love with R&B.
"Sila yung mga pinapakinggan ko noong bata ako that made me fall in love with R&B.
"It's a dream come true for me kasi ako yung pinakabata, pinakabago sa ano, pinaka-newbie sa industry, so parang napakalaking blessing sa akin, especially I’m celebrating my third year after winning The Voice.
"Sobrang thankful ako for this kasi sobra at saka R&B, kailangan marinig din ng lahat na iba-iba nga ang styles ng R&B, there’s not just one sound.
"So I'll bring something different, si Miss Jaya will bring something different, si Kuya Jay-R, so there’s something for everybody."