Jay Mathes

Jay Mathes

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Jay Mathes is now booking nationwide for the 2009-2010 seaon! Fresh out of college, Mathes began performing at colleges and music venues across the country, sharing his life and songs with captive audiences. Catchy guitar riffs and intelligent lyrics meet irresistible stage presence.

Biography

Since 2005, Jay Mathes has been touring the country - performing, recording, and writing music - and loving every minute of it. "There is nothing else in the world that I could ever imagine doing for a living," he proclaimed once from a stage in Cleveland.

With five solo records under his belt, including the all-new "Fundamental," Mathes continues to make each new album better than the last. In 2010, he was selected for a national ad campaign for Gap and continues to build on every earlier success.

Jay has performed at many of Chicago's most popular music venues and fairs, including: Hard Rock Cafe, Printer's Row Book Fair, Beat Kitchen, Double Door, The Cubby Bear, and Subterranean; and he continues to perform at colleges across the country each school year: University of Illinois, Yale University, Indiana Wesleyan, Case Western Reserve, Northern Illinois University, and many others.

Even on the road, Jay calls Chicago home - and he probably always will. He has lived there his entire life: born in Downers Grove, went through the public school system in Lombard, attended Columbia College Chicago, lived on the North Side, and now lives in Wheaton, with his family.

As a performer, Mathes hopes that his lyrics and story-songs will have a positive impact on the people around him. "Every night I perform," Mathes says, "I want to be real with people about life, and I think that can change people." Mathes speaks of common struggles, but also gives us signs of victories to be won. He lays bare the human heart and it is messy and beautiful and broken.

Jay's new record, "Fundamental," is a live, in-studio, solo/acoustic performance of 15 Mathes originals. It is now available online from all major digital retailers and in the Jay Mathes Store. More info about Jay and "Fundamental" is available at: www.jaymathes.com.

Lyrics

Commit

Written By: Jay Mathes

I know right now
Its never gonna be the same
It’s not like then
Is that the way it should be
I need you more than anything
It’s different from what my heart could see

I commit to spend my life with you
I commit to give you all I am
I commit to show my world to you
I commit to love you

Come rain come shine
I’ll be there in your life
This is a test should we have second guessed, Oh no no no
I love you more than anything
Its different from what my heart can see

I commit to spend my life with you
I commit to give you all I am
I commit to show my world to you
I commit to love you

I commit to lift up hand in hand
I commit to start a rock n roll band
I commit to still kiss you goodnight
I commit to wake up by your side

I commit to tuck the kids in bed
I commit to not leave love unsaid
I commit to wash and dry your clothes
I commit to live life at its most

I commit to spend my life with you
I commit to give you all I am
I commit to show my world to you
I commit to love you


Not Rainin'

Written By: Jay Mathes

Some things get ugly
You can't wait for things to end
And I'm not laughin'

Only the lucky
Are too safe to say their prayers
And we're not cryin'

I'm not rainin'
It's not rainin' anymore
It's not rainin' on the shelves
Some times it's rainin'
The hard times rainin' on the floor
You've got to know what livin's for.

Under your pillow
Nights you're losing sleep - frustrated
His love is perfect
Know that all is taken care
By his willingness

I'm not rainin'
It's not rainin' anymore
It's not rainin' on the shelves
Some times it's rainin'
The hard times rainin' on the floor
You've got to know what livin's for.

...

Wine and Rose

Written By: Jay Mathes

Holding on
To the things that aren't my own
Grip is strong
Though this world ain't wine and rose

Have you asked
Yourself what things mean the most
I'm set fast
We all need a heavy dose

Calm my mind, call me out
I'm sick of playing, sick of swinging
I don't want to
My heart's loose but yes I love you

What is this life we're living for
What cries our hearts when we hear war
What makes us feel like we belong
To something Bigger than this song

Twisted plain
When the wicked live at ease
Scoff again
Singing we have health and peace

Have you thought
Should I live like this is it
Yeah well I've been bought
I've been rescued from the pit

I've asked this question many times
But from my heart flow silly rhymes
To numb our minds with sweet refrain
Forgetting sin sorrow and pain

You Coulda Been

Written By: Jay Mathes

Coulda been bad
Coulda been better
Coulda been anything you want
Coulda been bad
Coulda been better

Frightened by another
Buy in to the dream
Listen to your culture
Slip in to mainstream

Shoulda come to by now
Love is not enough
Gotta hope, dream, push, and shove

Out of touch with father
Blame it on T.V.
Life is what you make it
You can listen to your dreams

Joy in Jesus to start
Seek with all your heart
God will give you what you want

Let your conscience lead you where you wanna go
Bear in mind it's not fool proof
Speak your mind, say what's right when it's not the Ritz
Wine and dine your conscience clean

Discography

Fundamental (2011)
Glimmer (2009)
The Nashville Sessions EP (2007)
Love Said EP (2006)

Set List

Performance Types:
Solo/Acoustic (Voice, Guitar)
Full Band (3- to 4-piece "rock" set-up)

Maximum Solo/Acoustic Set Length: 2 hr. 30 min.
Maximum Full Band Set Length: 40 min.
All originals. No covers.