Written by Victor Barreiro Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00
She sings, acts, dances and models. It’s clear that Kaya Jones can do it all. Her career catapulted to stardom in 2003 when she hit the music scene with The Pussycat Dolls. After three successful years with PCD, Kaya left the group to pursue a solo career. Over the years, she’s worked on various projects, which includes the smash hit “Take It Off” with Regi, the top DJ in Belgium. This multi-talented artist has recorded a new song called “Boyfriend” with a catchy chorus that says “My boyfriend’s got a boyfriend now”. I recently got candid with Kaya and we dished about the tour, her Spanish speaking skills and why she’s so passionate about the gay community.
Tell me about your big debut with Club Papi this month in Puerto Vallarta.
They’re going to be hearing a remix version of my new song, “Boyfriend”. It’s really different. They’ll also be hearing my single, “Release the Energy”. I’m super excited to do this. I’ve never been. I get three days off, so I will be enjoying Mexico.
Do you speak Spanish?
I only know a few words, “un poquito”. Although, my grandfather is Costa Rican/Nicaraguan/Panamanian, I’m forty percent Native American, which a lot of people don’t know.
Tell us about “Boyfriend”.
The whole point of “Boyfriend” was because I noticed that everyone was ok with a girl kissing a girl, but we couldn’t talk about equal rights for gays and lesbians. If you’re not ok with men being with men, then why are you ok with women being with women? This is kind of a double standard and I’m not ok with it. I just wanted to give the community that I’m invested in my take on things. Also, I wanted to urge the straight community to avoid that double standard, pick a side and not waver from it.
Why are you so passionate about the gay community?
When I was 12 years old, my first boyfriend and then later my best friend, was gay. We said we were boyfriend and girlfriend, but he had his boyfriend too. I saw him going through his pain. In my family, I saw my cousin coming out and witnessed his struggle to tell family and friends. It’s important to stand up for them. Being gay, lesbian or transgender is not something you wake up and decide, “Hey, today I want to be ostracized and not understood by the world”. It’s not a choice. God loves all of his children and he doesn’t make mistakes.
What inspires you when coming up with new music?
People inspire my music, whether it be future fans or fans or just general population of people. In any form, an artist is someone who can bring to the forefront any issues that are important to those who don’t have that opportunity.
Many know you from your time with Pussycat Dolls. What was that experience like?
It was definitely something that I learned personally and professionally about who I was. It was awesome. I do believe that when you’re an artist, you need to really be truthful with your craft. It started to not be fun. When something stops being fun, no matter what the form, you should stop doing it. I knew that I had to leave because their formula had changed from what we initially thought we were going to be.
Who is Kaya when she’s behind closed doors?
I’m a really big geek. I love to watch movies and eat popcorn or Pinkberry frozen yogurt. I don’t like going out. I’m very down to earth and I’m very connected to my friends and my family. I keep my feet on the ground. I don’t think there’s anything crazy with my life. I love spending time with my cats and my dogs. On a typical Friday night, it’s not a crazy thing if you knocked on my door and I’d be in my sweats with a small glass of red wine and watching an old western.
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