LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2012 – Proving that she is not your average cookie cutter popstar, Kaya Jones has broken out of the Dollhouse and is now showing the world that she is a soulful talent worthy of the world’s attention. The former Pussycat Doll has embraced the lessons learned from the time with the group, yet is discovering a certain sense of happiness in her new found liberation.
I recently chatted with Kaya about life, her break from the Dolls, and her newly released album, “Release the Energy.” Here’s what she had to say:
Angelique Christina: Tell me a little bit about the first single from your EP, “Release the Energy”. What was the inspiration behind it?
Kaya Jones: The inspiration behind me doing this song was about releasing your inner power and inner strength. Everybody has good and bad in them it’s up to us to know the difference and make a positive impact in the world. Release the Energy to me means show the world your inner light, inner star, inner Diva and your inner strength.
A.C.: Name three of the biggest pro’s and con’s of being a Pussycat Doll.
1) People have a hard time remembering who the Dolls are because the focus wasn’t on each girl.
2) I think a lot of people assumed that the girls were beautiful and could dance but weren’t singers. I joined the group as a singer/dancer and
3) No artistic freedom
1) I’m proud to have been a Pussycat Doll I’m where I am now because I was a Doll
2) We got to travel the world and meet some of the most wonderful people
3) The Pussycat Doll fans that have now come with me on my journey are amazing. PCD fans are loving and supportive.
A.C.: Being a woman with such a spirit of unique individuality and fearless determination, I can imagine fitting into the mold of a group was very difficult at times. Tell me how it feels to have the freedom of a budding solo career.
K.J.: It feels amazing, for the first time in my life I’m involved in every aspect of my business. I’m involved with my songs, my team, my movement, and my audience. It’s very liberating.
A.C.: Let’s talk about your song, “Boyfriend”. It was out there for 5 years and you were the first to take it. What has the reception of the song been like? Have you caught any flack for taking it on?
K.J.: I heard people say that it’s controversial and I don’t think it is. It’s a song about love and love is complicated. In life things don’t always go the way we want them to and that’s okay. For me it’s about shedding the light on things that happen every day in the world. Sometimes your boyfriend falls in love with someone else whether it be another woman or a man, what’s the big deal!
A.C.: You are an amazing supporter of LGBT rights. If you could say only one thing that you believed could change someone’s mind on how they felt about gay rights, what would you say?
K.J.: Every human being deserves to be loved receive love and give love. Love is not based on gender but based on the human spirit. If our men and woman can fight and die for our country then they deserve to have rights in our country. God loves all of his children he is a ever loving God and who are we to take that love from someone.
A.C.: What musicians have had the most influence on you?
K.J.: Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson
A.C.: Tell me about what you have going on with the Soho Project and what it supports.
K.J.: Beauty Bus is amazing when I worked with the Soho house they did a wonderful event providing half priced services at a salon for woman proceeds from this event goes to Soho Project for multiple charities. What’s better than getting beautiful and making a difference all at the same time!
A.C.: Being quite the fashionista, you also have something special going with The Look Store. Tell me a little bit about that as well.
K.J.: The Lookstore has established boutiques with a lot of great fashionistas my boutique includes products that I either use in my every day life or think you should try to keep a close connection with my fans s to what I use every day that makes me feel beautiful.
A.C.: What would you say is the hardest part of the creative process for you?
K.J.: Knowing when to stop being a business head and start being an artist, you have to find a balance and sometimes that’s hard you can’t be too tough because you lose your childlike sensibility of being creative. On the other hand you can’t just be focused on the creativity without being aware of what‘s going on with your company. The key is finding the balance.
Thank you to Ms. Jones for spending some time to share her thoughts with our readers and her fans. Purchase Release the Energy on iTunes. Follow Kaya Jones on Twitter @KayaJones
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