Veteran singer Jaya is full of gratitude as she celebrates the holidays with her family in the United States.
In an Instagram post this Friday, December 31, the country's "Queen of Soul", who relocated to Washington last July, said she can't ask for anything more this holiday season than the gift of family.
"It was a great Christmas Day for us. I cannot ask for anything more. I am so thankful to my husband and children for the love and stability they give me because Lord knows, it is not easy to move to the US after being in the Philippines for 15 years. Leaving my first home, dear friends and colleagues, supporters, everything that I have gotten used to, truly saddened me but my husband and I happily made the move for our children. I knew and felt God’s hands in all of our decisions, because it felt right. We just listened and followed His lead," she said.
"And now, I can’t wait to start the year with much hope that all will be better for my family. Of course, nothing is ever easy, but my faith in Jesus tells me that nothing is impossible. So I am excited to start 2022," she added. "And for those who have had struggles and devastating experiences, please hang in there and just surrender it to God. He knows His plans for you. He’s got you. And we will be praying for you."
Jaya, 51, returned to the US with her family to start a new life.
The singer first revealed her plans of leaving the Philippines with her husband and kids last March.
“Sa ngayon po gusto ko po sana kahit papaano magpahinga. Hindi ko alam 'yung feeling ng pahinga. But still with some type of work. Ito nga, sabi ko, ang saya. Natiyempo ‘yung online. Pwedeng gawin 'yan. Maraming pwedeng gawin sa online source,” she said at the time.
According to Jaya, now is the perfect time for her to start something fresh, not just with her personal life, but also with her career.
“A lot of people would understand [that] I'm 51 in a few weeks and napakarami ko pa ding gustong gawin na ibang bagay, not just singing. And right now, everything is kind of slow and down. So good opportunity to start something fresh,” she said.
Before leaving for the US, Jaya was part of the "Tawag ng Tanghalan" segment of the ABS-CBN noontime show It's Showtime as one of the judges. The singer is best known for her hits "Hanggang Dito Na Lang", "Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig", and "Kasalanan Ko Ba".