Jay Nash

Jay Nash

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Jay Nash’s provocative writing style and modest approach to songwriting offers an unmistakable connection between artist and audience, far different from the typical singer/songwriter stereotype.

Biography

Jay Nash grew up on a country road in a small town just outside of Syracuse, NY. It was the crossroads of suburbia and the country and a place where Nash always felt restless.

At the age of 12, Nash first heard the sound of the Grateful Dead playing live. On the other side of that 90 minute Maxell cassette tape was Cat Stevens' Greatest Hits. Suddenly, Nash no longer felt stranded in a small town….he felt connected to something bigger.

"The connection that music creates is the magic in it. It still blows me away how the vibration of strings, wood, flesh and air can suddenly make a person feel connected to the rest of the world" says Nash

In 2001, Nash headed to Los Angeles to make a demo and chase his rock and roll dreams.

-One of the strongest voices of the LA singer-songwriter scene - LA Times (2005)

Jay Nash is the epitome of the modern-day independent musician. He writes songs in the new American tradition drawing influences from folk, jazz, blues and good old fashioned rock n’ roll. He is part of the growing L.A. underground music scene and having spent the past few years touring solidly, playing venues that ranged from grimy bars to lavish auditoriums. Every aspect of his career has been built from the ground up. He has played thousands of shows across the US and Europe and sold over 25,000 records without ever having had a record deal. - HornyToad.com

He has shared the stage and/or toured with: Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Counting Crows, Jason Mraz, Tristan Prettyman, Joe Purdy, Meiko, Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Keb Mo', Brett Dennen, Colbie Caillat and many more.

When 'The Things You Think You Need' was released digitally in May of 2008, Allie of blogcritics.org called it "the best album I've heard so far this year". Without the help of a record label, it reached #22 on the iTunes top Rock Albums chart and spent the next two weeks as the only independent album on that chart.

"Following the success of his popular full-length album, 'The Things You Think You Need' (2008), LA-based singer-songwriter Jay Nash further illuminates his talents with the EP 'All the Stars in Copenhagen'. The five-track collection is yet another example of the Nash's ability to tell stories that are undeniably compelling while remaining convincingly real.

Like Nash himself, the magic of the songs on 'Stars' is that they are clever and down-to-earth. They offer equal parts intelligence and emotion. They are driven by romantic ideas, but never lose sight of somber notions. 'Stars' is an EP that can stimulate dialogue without an agenda because it is based on true images of life, love and loss." - antimusic.com
. In the spring of 2010, 9 years, 7 studio albums, 2 live records and one motion picture soundtrack later, Nash finally returned to the east coast to make a home in the woods of Vermont where he will finish working on his 9th studio album and find respite between tours.

"Within seconds of hearing his voice we were giving each other looks of shock from how incredible he sounded. His voice is soulful and powerful, yet warm and inviting all at the same time. His sound mixes a perfect blend of country, folk, blues and rock, which makes it all the more reason to fall in love with it. His set was one good song after another." notestonote.com

Discography

2010 - Live at Sun Studio (with Garrison Starr)
2009 - TFDI (with Tony Lucca & Matt Duke)
2009 - All The Stars In Copenhagen (EP)
2008 - The Things You Think You Need
2008 - Over You (EP)
2006 - Some Kind Of Comfort