We caught up with Jaya during her grand album launch at the Venice Grand Canal Mall! After her amazing set and meet and greet session, the Queen of Soul shared her happiness over the successful launch: "Sobrang na-enjoy ko. Nagdagdag pa ako ng dalawang kanta kasi hindi ko talaga kinaya na umalis na lang at hindi magbigay ng extra songs kasi I was really so happy with the turnout. I think they were really just there to enjoy and have fun."
Regarding her new album Queen of Soul which was made possible by her management Cornerstone Entertainment and Star Music, Jaya revealed, "Ang goal is to come up with an album na talagang magde-describe as the Queen Of Soul dito sa bansa."
The veteran performer worked with producer Jonathan Manalo and different songwriters in the said album, but the recording process took time since she needed to rest her vocal cords as per her doctor's advice. That's why she's thankful for the patience given to her by the record label because they finally got it done this year.
"It's one of those albums na parang hindi ko akalain na matutuloy kasi parang 'di ba like I said, I was gonna quit and everything. But definitely moving to ABS-CBN ito 'yung next step and I'm very glad that Cornerstone was able to really work with Star Music to put an album like this for me," she explained.
The sound is classic Jaya. "I think we didn't want to go too far off kasi ang talagang hinahanap ng mga tao ay 'yung dating Jaya. We really wanted to bring it back," said the diva who received two nominations in this year's Awit Awards for the first single "Hanggang Dito Na Lang".
Jaya is looking forward to do more performances for the rest of the year and she remains thankful to her loyal fans. "Sa lahat-lahat po ng mga sumuporta sa akin from 1996 'til now, malaking utang na loob ko sa inyong lahat ang aking ibinibigay at ipinapagpasalamat dahil hanggang ngayon naririnig ko pa rin po ang 'Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig' at 'Dahil Tanging Ikaw' at lahat ng mga awiting 'yun sa mga karaoke, sa jeep, sa bus, sa mga restaurant, malls, nandun pa rin sila, 'yung mga kanta na 'yun. Lahat kayo ay lumaki na kasama ko," the Queen of Soul earnestly said during our fun chat.
Check out the MYXclusive photos from her grand album launch in the gallery above! And of course, you can stream Jaya's latest album here: