Who is this guy?
Jay's sophomore CD "PLAYIN ON MY TEAM" includes the full-choir gospel rocker, "Smak Dem Christians Down", the video for which has over 85,000 views on youtube.
Born and bred on the Beatles, Jay's guitar and songwriting style is greatly influenced by cinema and theatre. In college Jay earned his daily bread playing guitar, banjo, & mandolin in the pit orchestras for musicals in the university drama department, everything from Hello Dolly to Man of La Mancha to Jesus Christ Superstar. As a result his songs have strong characters, story, even dialogue, plus chord changes and harmonies with a distinctly American Theater vibe.
Jay was working on his third album when he was diagnosed with cancer, late in 2010. Surgery and chemotherapy ensued, which put him on the DL for over two years. Now here’s Jay’s comeback album. How does it feel? It’s titled "WE ARE ALL BORN LUCKY".
third album of witty, peppy pop serves up his easy-going west-coast
sensibility in a burst of warm California sunshine, with juicy
harmonies, extra crispy guitars, brassy big-band beats, out-loud
lyrics, and a bit of an edge. Jay's perspective and focus is
broadening, taking on life in the Big City with tunes like "When The
Big One Hits" about our fab yet shaky Southern California lifestyle,
"Guy In The Sky" about God or lack thereof, and "Meat", about, well,
the whole it is a gently comic vision, but it is always subtly
subversive and it occasionally erupts into full-on political activism.
Spears is an eccentric and an original, less pretentious than the
established gay pop stars, but funnier, more radical and more now. It
would be easy to dismiss him as a clown, but on closer inspection his
work is quite profound.