In The Spotlight: #018 Jay Leighton

Jay Leighton began his music career back in 2008 with a major label deal for his band Buffalo  77. The trio, fronted by Jay, quickly gained momentum and signed to  Island Records. After two singles, an album and very little success, the band decided to split and go their separate ways. Disillusioned with the music  industry and all it had to offer, Jay considered quitting music  altogether, but soon found himself back in the studio recording a solo  mini-album ‘Polaroids & Stills’. Released as a limited edition CD and sold at live shows resulted in the album selling out quickly.

Buoyed with a new found enthusiasm for his music Jay picked-up his guitar and toured – playing live anywhere anyone would have him.  After a year of playing festivals and live shows  all over the world, including a European tour with Lou Rhodes, Jay went back into the recording studio to record his full-length debut album. Co-produced by Jay and acclaimed producer Ali Staton, the album features  Jon Thorne (Lamb) on double -bass, Danny Keane ( Tom Baxter, Scott Mathews, The Good, The Bad and the Queen)  on piano/cello and Che Albrighton on drums.

Jay has just released his brand new single Icarus and Me which is available as a free download. I have had his music on repeat for the past couple of days and I’m amazed how talented this singer songwriter is. After falling in love with Folk music four years ago makes Jay Leighton to my liking. Now the current single Icarus and Me is rather impressive. The song itself both gentle and mellowing.

You can download Icarus and Me here: Jay Leighton – Icarus and Me

The debut album As The Sun Comes Up can be purchased from the official site (you can also preview the songs as well). After hearing most of the tracks it is a right cracker.

Below is an acoustic version of Icarus and Me. |


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