Lester Jay
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Lester Jay

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Pop EDM


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"Have You Heard of Lester Jay?"

Have you heard of Lester Jay? No? Well here's you chance. I met him in spring of last year. Somehow, I had a chance to hear him sing and I loved it!! Invited him on the radio show I was doing at the time and had a chance to speak with him. Found out his personality is as awesome as his talent! - Chicago Now


The Motions (2007), EP
Stride (2010), single release
Love Angel (2011), single release
My Moment (2011), mixtape release
the freeDUM project (2013), album



Lester Jenkins, musically known as Lester Jay, grew up in Bellwood, IL, a small suburb outside of Chicago. At the tender age of five, Lester Jay began singing at New Horizon Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, IL where his late father Lester Jenkins Sr. was pastor, and his mother was choir director. From this upbringing Jay’s passion for music was realized, and a star was born.

Gospel music consumed Lester Jay’s early musical interests until a pivotal moment in high school when a classmate introduced him to the art of secular music. In 2002 Jay began to take his musical career seriously and was introduced to small indie label ILL Entertainment in Melrose Park, IL.

In 2005 Lester Jay began attending Columbia College Chicago and his journey continued. While at Columbia, Jay learned the fundamental principles of live music, being in a band, booking shows and live performances. Some of his most noteworthy performances occurred while he was in “The Down and Dirty Blues Band,” a student-band comprised of the best performers from a blues class Jay attended. Jay performed at a myriad of events and venues including Buddy Guy’s, Navy Pier, Chicago’s Blues Fest, and the Donald Lawrence showcase of the Arts 2007 but his personal favorites are more intimate venues where he can reach out and touch his audience.

Currently, Lester Jay is working and performing his second solo project, entitled the freeDUM project. The project is retrospective of Jay’s orgins in recording over synthesized beats while staying true to his love for live music that developed in college. His first single, Love angel, is an edgy, upbeat, uplifting record that encourages listeners to keep going even through life’s hardest obstacles.