Dakota and Will
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Dakota and Will

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
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"Music off Main features Dakota and Will"

Dakota and Will continue to captivate audiences and gain new fans through their catchy, relatable music. - NJ.com, The New Jersey Herald, The Warren Reporter, The Weekly

"Winter Blast in Lansdale"

A lively stage show! - Courier News Weekly

"Up and Coming Band Dakota and Will Heats Up"

As a new era in music is emerging out of the 21st century, the question remains, "Is there still such a thing as good original music?" Thanks to the musical group Dakota and Will, we can answer "Yes". - The Voice (Bloomsburg University)

"A Profile of the Singer/Songwriters Dakota and Will"

Dakota and Will's passion for their musical craft combined with a keen understanding of the music business is reminiscent of a calmer combination of Lennon and McCartney.
(Reprinted with permission of the author.) - Tara Meacham (AssociatedContent.com)

"Marilyn Russell (95.7 BenFM Philadelphia)"

Dakota and Will marry modern sensibility with old soul sentiment in their songwriting. After one listen you know immediately, they're deeply committed to their craft. - Marilyn Russell (95.7 BenFM Philadelphia)

"Marilyn Russell (95.7 BenFM Philadelphia)"

Dakota and Will marry modern sensibility with old soul sentiment in their songwriting. After one listen you know immediately, they're deeply committed to their craft. - Marilyn Russell (95.7 BenFM Philadelphia)

"Stuart Mathis (The Wallflowers, LeAnn Rimes, Jewel)"

Dakota and Will are talented singer-songwriters with a pop sensibility. - Stuart Mathis (The Wallflowers, LeAnn Rimes, Jewel)

"A Daring Leap Into Pop Music"

There was no one moment that convinced Dakota Jay to pursue a career in music, and when the guitarist left college after his first year to do so, there was no guarantee that things would work out.

Now with two singles under his belt, a full show schedule and an EP on the way, he's sure he made the right decision.

Jay, now 21, spent high school writing and performing in Doylestown with the jam band Mosaik. After graduation he would take the train home for practices and shows from Temple University in Philadelphia.

With a love for music that kept growing, Jay made the decision to follow his passion. "I had a lot of fun at college," he says, "but I didn't really have any direction."

But the move wasn't a complete shot in the dark - the idea took root when Mosaik auditioned for Producer David Ivory. Known for his work with acts like Silvertide, The Roots, and Patti LaBelle, Ivory tore apart the band's songs. The experience was humbling, and when Jay started writing again he paid close attention to song structures and hooks.

Then it hit him: "I didn't always realize it, but I enjoy short pop songs."

His new output was quick and catchy, influenced by Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, and the Counting Crows. The songs were far from Mosaik's style, and the band parted ways amicably.

Jay continued working with Ivory, who assembled a group of top-shelf session musicians to round out the new songs. Working with the pros in the studio, Jay quickly started maturing as a musician. Finally, he could say for sure: "This is what I want to do with my life."

Jay's first single, The Next Time was released in October 2007. A beautifully crafted slice of acoustic-based pop, the song was featured on college radio station WXPN in March. "That was huge!" says Jay, who had been sending the radio station homemade recordings for years.

With a second single released in September, Jay has a full schedule this month, traveling as far north as Connecticut and kicking off a series of monthly showcases at Puck on November 20th.

Jay hopes to tour more next year, and is contemplating moving to Nashville, TN. His future may find him in a lot of new places, but music will always be his home.

Jack Firneno - Dtown Magazine

"One Day Wins Award"

"One Day" is a thoughtful song expressing hope for a better future where peace will be reality. The song could have been presented as a ballad, but instead the group uses a jam band format. The result is a creative and original presentation of a very common message. - Peacedriven.com

"Radio Air Play"

WXPN FM 88.5
(Philadelphia, PA)

WBUQ FM 91.1
(Bloomsburg University, PA)

WXLV FM 90.3
(Lehigh Valley, PA)

WRNJ FM 92.7
(Hackettstown, NJ)

WCFA-LP FM 101.5
(Cape May, NJ)

WDCV FM 88.3
(Dickinson College, PA)


(Savannah College of Art and Design Online, GA)

(Moravian College Online, PA)

LIVE365 Sunny and Legendary Music
(Columbus, OH)

LIVE365 Blue Sky FM
(London, UK)

LIVE365 FIDO Radio

LIVE365 The Medicine Show
(Omaha, NE)

LIVE365 Neoclubber Dance FM - On Air


"Something You Can Rage To" - Dakota and Will
(2013) - Featuring artists such as: Jenn Bostic, Elizabeth Huett, and Maxfield Camp.

"Rad, Ruthless, and Shoeless" - Dakota and Will
(2012) - Reached #16 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart

"The Time Is Right" - Dakota Jay

"It's Going Down Tonight" - William King

"Love You No More" - Dakota Jay

"How I Feel About Her" - William King



Dakota and Will are proud to announce that they are co-writers and featured artists on the new Lost Trailers' single "It's Goin' Down Tonight"! Since it's July 2013 release, it has charted Top 30 on Sirius/XM's "The Highway" and has been featured nationally by the NFL on all Sunday Night Football Radio Broadcasts as the exlusive theme song. It's upcoming Canadian release will feature Brad Mates (lead singer of Emerson Drive).

The Country/Pop duo has also had songs featured by Virgin Airlines and USAirways and have charted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Top Album Charts at #16.

Dakota and Will have toured extensively with Tyler Hilton ("One Tree Hill", "Walk The Line"), Ron Pope ("A Drop In The Ocean") and Josiah Lemming (American Idol"). They have also opened for Jason Mraz, Will Hoge, Shooter Jennings, Ryan Cabrera, Justin Moore, and Kenny Rogers and have recently performed at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Wisconsin this past July, 2013.

Listen for Dakota and Will on...
Virgin Airlins In-flight Radio Station
USAirways In-flight Radio Station
WXPN 88.5 FM Philadelphia, PA
WDVR 89.7FM Sergeantsville, NJ
WHBQ 107.5FM Memphis, TN
WKDF 103.3FM Nashville, TN
KOOK 93.5 FM Junction, TX
KMVL 1450 AM Junction, TX
KERV 1230 AM Kerrville, TX
KOLJ 1150 AM Quanah, TX
KOLJ 98.7 FM Quanah, TX
KSEY 93.9 FM Seymour, TX
KDHN 1470 AM Dimmitt, TX
KRDH 1510 AM Canton, TX
KNED 1150 AM McAlister, OK
KEWI 690 AM Benton, AR
KZHE 100.5 FM Magnolia, AR
KWAY 1470 AM Waverly, IA
KRRM 94.7 FM Grants Pass, OR
KHWZ 750 AM Fallon, NV
WTYS 1340 AM Marianna, FL
KDDG 105.5 FM Albany, MN
KBOZ 99.9 FM Bozman, MT
WRCY 1590 AM Mt. Vernon, IN
WWSM 1510 AM Lebanon, PA
WKUL 92.1 FM Cullman, AL
WGOL 920 AM Russellville, AL
WHAW 980 AM Weston, WV
WOTR 96.3 FM Weston, WV
WYKA 1250 AM Rupert, WV
WLCT 102.1 FM Lafayette, TN
WJDT 106.5 FM Morristown, TN
WDEH 800 AM Sweetwater, TN
WDIC 1430 AM Clintwood, VA
WAMY 1420AM Amherst, VA
WLRV 1380 AM Lebanon, VA
WKDE 105.5 FM Altavista, VA
WNRV 990 AM Narrows, VA
WHAN 1430 AM Ashland, VA
WWAG 107.1 FM Tyner, KY
WGOH 1370 AM Grayson, KY
WSKV 104.9 FM Stanton, KY
Live365 CMP Radio, PA
Live365 Constant Country KRS, NJ
Live365 Country 949 The Rebel, GA
Live365 Frank's Americana, CT
Live365 NHCH The Flame, UT
Live365 Norwegian Country Radio, Norway
Live365 Thunderbolt Radio, KS
Live365 Bluegrass Highway, CA
Live365 FolkThyme, MN