What is your artist name?

Jay Elle

Explain what your name means?

Just happened to be my name.

What city and state are you representing? (Example, Atlanta, Georgia)

I live in New York City, NY. The city that never sleeps and where music doesn’t sleep either, not even for a catnap. I am one of many, many voices. There are so many talented people here. It’s amazing and very inspiring.

Describe your style of singing or rapping?

I am a singer, songwriter, and guitar player. I write pop songs, most often appearing under the label “singer-songwriter.” The songs are a bit on the mellow side for the most parts these days. Since it’s only my guitar and myself at the moment you might say that the overall sound could also fit in the urban-acoustic, or urban-folk category. I play a nylon string Ovation guitar which gives me a fairly unique sound. Think of it as a reprieve from the digital world for a moment, a vacation island for your ears.

Who inspired you to pursue a music career?

I admire anyone who writes well-crafted songs from Cole Porter to many contemporary writers you hear on the radio today, in all genre. Of course, I have my preferences, writers who combine lyrics and music in a very unique way, and happen to be amazing musicians and singers, some of which are now classics: Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, Sting…etc. By the way, I am a big fan of Billy Idol, Katy Perry, Elvis Presley, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Pat Benatar, Eric Clapton, Jay Z, Beyonce, etc… so the list is quite long and eclectic. Add to that great composers like Bach, Chopin and Listz, to name only a few, and the list of influences and inspiration becomes endless. I listen to everything really. And everything influences what I create musically. In fact, everyone. Inspiration does not come only from other musicians but from the people in your life, nature, pets, life events, life itself. Life is a unique experience for each of us. Can you put a life in a song? In a few CDs perhaps.

What challenges did you face as a youth in pursuit of your music dream?

The wise recommendations to reconsider pursuing a career in music. Tough business all around. Of course I didn’t listen to these recommendations. I just listened to music. If someone had written lyrics about the difficulties of being in the music business I might have listened… Not sure. It’s not a choice. Music drives you. It lives deep in your soul.

Describe your feelings when you’re recording music in the studio?

I always strive to create better songs all around. Spend more and more time on each note or word. There is a limit to the pre-frontal cortex creative process though. The “thinking” has its limitation. The “critique” is bound to its knowledge. At some point you want to minimize that voice and free the artist. It takes a little while to let go in the studio. It’s always best not to rush through a session in my experience. We don’t always have that luxury of course. I prefer waiting until I have more time before recording a new song. Then you just “do it.” Forget about yourself and focus on creating great music for listeners.

What is the message behind your music?

Listening to a song should take you on a journey, have you live or relive moments and emotions. Help you make peace with the past and look forward to the future. Most importantly I hope to pass on great energy. I love when a song moves me emotionally and leaves me with positive energy whatever the subject of the lyrics or the tempo of the music. You should never regret the last 4 minutes you spent listening to a song. In fact, it’s great if you want to listen to it again. And even better if you want to listen to it all the time.

What do you fear the most in this business?

I am grateful when someone spends 3 to 4 minutes listening to a song of mine. Time is the most precious commodity we have. I do my best not to waste the time someone grants me by striving to be the best writer, singer, and guitar player I can be. So I guess I am hoping I won’t disappoint too many listeners along the way.

Are you excited to be featured in RNH Magazine?

Absolutely! I have had the pleasure of talking to one of your team members, Patience Jay. She’s amazing. I look forward to working with her and all the members of the team.

How can people reach you on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & etc?

My Website has the latest information: http://www.jayelle222.com/. People can also find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jayelle2222 and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jayelle2222 and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jayelle2222/

Name of Track being aired:

Twelve on Sunday

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