Jaya has been singing since before she had front teeth and that’s no exaggeration. Enchanted by female powerhouses from Billie Holiday to Wynonna Judd, her musical influences cross quite a spectrum. Picking up a guitar in high school, songwriting was instinctual-the most natural outlet imaginable. She writes about growing up on the west coast, time spent on the ocean, in the forest, her travels and the navigation of the heart.
Jaya completed a certificate in Jazz studies at the Victoria Music Conservatory in 2015, and from there launched herself head first into the Victoria music scene performing as much as possible and in a variety of groups and genres. She has fronted and managed a gypsy jazz quintet, a 7-piece Patsy Cline tribute, an indie-rock band called Wise Child, and performed steadily as a solo act.
Over the last year Jaya has increasingly focused on original projects- Wise Child and her self-titled solo Project JAYA. She has toured BC and Alberta with Wise Child -in which she plays synth and sings lead, and they recently recorded their first full length album in October 2017 at the Hive Studio with Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Kathryn Calder, Yukon Blonde).
Jaya has started work on her solo EP with Producer/Sound Engineer David Parfit, whose ear, instincts and experience have made for an incredible learning experience, exploration and development of her sound. They are currently collaborating on five songs, which can be expected as early as February 2018.
Jaya has sat in as a vocalist on albums What I thought I knew by Nick Mintenko, The Leaks self-titled EP, and Godless by Man Made Lake. She has been a featured artist at the TD International Jazz Festival for the last two years. Wise Child has played festivals Song & Surf in Port Renfrew and Phillips Backyard Weekend in Victoria and was named a Vancouver Island region Semi-Finalist for CBC Searchlight 2017. Their EP Lucky You reached #116 on Canada-wide college radio for January 2017.
Jaya is an artist and a storyteller, you are invited to be a part of her journey.