Kaya Jones

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Kaya Jones
Kaya jones 2010.jpg
Jones performing in 2010
Background information
Birth name Chrystal Neria[1]
Born (1984-08-28) August 28, 1984 (age 33)
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments
Years active 2001–present
Labels
Associated acts Pussycat Dolls
Website www.kayajones.com
huemanracerecords.com
twitter.com/KayaJones

Chrystal Neria, better known under her stage name Kaya Jones (born August 28, 1984),[2] is a Canadian-American pop singer, glamour model and actress, who was part of the group Pussycat Dolls prior to their debut.

Career[edit]

At the age of 13, Jones was discovered by R. Kelly and signed to his record label for development as an emerging talent. By age 16, she signed with Capitol Records, and in 2003 she auditioned and was selected to the Pussycat Dolls. After being inducted into the girl group, she went under the tutelage of famed music producer Jimmy Iovine. Together with the group, they made a live televised performance on the Fashion Rocks 2004 show and performed their version of Tainted Love alongside Marc Almond.[3] She left the group in 2005 while the group was still recording their debut album, claiming that it was no longer fun to be in the band. She told Yahoo! Singapore, "When everyone is not on the same page it affects the group so that I think was the worst part and I decided to leave. It was not because I wanted to be solo and I didn't want to be in a group anymore, I left because it stopped being enjoyable, it stopped being fun."[4]

After leaving the group, Jones developed her career as a solo artist. Her solo singles include "Hollywood Doll" and "Take It Off," from her first two albums, as well as Confessions of a Hollywood Doll and Kaya, which have become mild dance hits. Jones also sang backup for Mick Jagger on the Golden Globe winning song "Old Habits Die Hard" from the soundtrack for the movie Alfie.

Jones has also developed "Hollywood Doll" as a brand, which designs and manufactures a line of dolls, and fashion and beauty products for young girls.[5]

Jones was also featured on the 2016 Corey Feldman album Angelic 2 the Core, on the track "4bidden Attraction".

Personal life[edit]

Jones was born in Toronto to a Native American father and a Jamaican mother and is American. She spent the first several years of her life living throughout the Caribbean before moving to the United States and growing up in Las Vegas. As a young child, Jones spent her time learning to act, sing and play the violin. Jones currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She is an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.[6]

Jones has repeatedly spoken about the Pussycat Dolls after her three year involvement with the group prior to their official debut, such as speaking against lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and making allegations that it was a "prostitution ring".[7][8][1][9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details
Kaya
  • Released: March 3, 2012
  • Note: Deluxe version is called "Confessions of a Hollywood Doll"
The Chrystal Neria Album
  • Released: August 28, 2015

Extended Plays

Title Details
"Release"
  • Released: November 11, 2011
"Rise of the Phoenix"
  • Released: May 6, 2014

Singles[edit]

Title Details
"Hollywood Doll"
"Boyfriend"
"Release the Energy"
"Runaway"
"Rise of the Phoenix"
"What The Heart Don't Know"

Featured singles[edit]

Title Artist Details
"Take It Off" Regi
  • Released: April 22, 2010
  • Charts:
    • Belgium #13
    • Netherlands #23
  • Certification:
    • Gold (Belgium)
"Waiting For Saturday" Moonshakerz
  • Released: May 16, 2011
"Woman in Love" Captain G.Q.
  • Released: March 13, 2012
"Dance All Night" Ferrish Key
  • Released: August 26, 2013
"Angel" TWO
  • Released: April 17, 2015

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Album Notes
2004 "How Come" D12 D12 World Cameo Appearance
2008 "Like That" Mba Shakoor Shock Treatment Featured Artist
2009 "Hollywood Doll" Kaya Jones Hollywood Dolly - Single/Kaya
2010 "Take It Off" (ft. Kaya Jones) Regi Registration 2 Main Vocal
2010 "Runaway" (ft. Tyler) Regi Registration 2 Cameo Appearance
2011 "Waiting for Saturday" (ft. Kaya Jones) Moonshakerz Waiting for Saturday - Single/Kaya Main Vocal
2012 "Boyfriend Remix" Kaya Jones Kaya
2012 "Release the Energy" Kaya Jones Kaya
2013 "Dance All Night" Ferrish Key Dance All Night - Single/Rise of the Phoenix Main Vocal
2014 "Runaway" Kaya Jones Rise of the Phoenix/The Chrystal Neria Album
2014 "Rise of the Phoenix" Kaya Jones Rise of the Phoenix/The Chrystal Neria Album
2015 "ANGEL" TWO TWO (Ex. AKCENT)/The Chrystal Neria Album produced by Dorian Oswin and Mihai Gruia
2017 "What The Heart Don't Know" Kaya Jones What The Heart Don't Know (Single-Kaya Jones)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Caslin, Yvette (17 October 2017). "Pussycat Doll accuses band of prostitution, but says R. Kelly never tried her". Rolling Out. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Kaya Jones - Pussy Cat dolls. YouTube (2009-07-28). Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  3. ^ Hay, Carla (25 September 2004). Fashion Week Blitz (September 2004 ed.). Billboard. p. 57. 
  4. ^ Chai, Gail (August 3, 2012). "Ex-Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones: It was no longer fun". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ Berry, Dr. Susan (14 Sep 2017). "Kaya Jones: Hollywood's Promotion of Abortion Shows 'How Evil Our World Has Become'". Breitbart News. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Recording artist Kaya Jones on being a Trump supporter". Fox News. June 28, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (10 August 2012). "NICOLE SCHERZINGER SAYS PEOPLE 'HAVE NO IDEA' WHAT HAPPENED IN PUSSYCAT DOLLS". MTV. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Harrison, Lilly (15 October 2017). "Former Pussycat Dolls Member Kaya Jones Calls the Group a Prostitution Ring". E News. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Music Industry Insider Speaks Out! Kaya Jones and Stefan Molyneux". Retrieved 30 October 2017. 

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