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Stolar

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Pop Soul

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"My Morning Download: “Like You Do” by Jay Stolar"

Stolar has a knack for writing uber-melodic pop songs, sounds a bit like a more soulful version of Train’s lead singer Pat Monahan, with hints of John Legend in his vocal mix. - XPN.ORG


"NYCGIGS.com"

“Find the line between Adele and Mumford and Sons, add a touch of Prince and you have found Jay Stolar.” - NYCGIGS.com


"NYCGIGS.com"

“Find the line between Adele and Mumford and Sons, add a touch of Prince and you have found Jay Stolar.” - NYCGIGS.com


"www.GoodbyeBabylon.com"

Jay Stolar shows us why he's already packing in venues on the darkly beautiful 'Leading Me Down', off of his forthcoming debut record. With a penchant for honest songwriting and roots in street corner soul, Stolar's days underground would appear to be numbered. Forget The Voice, forget The X Factor... you're next great American singer is right here. - www.GoodbyeBabylon.com


"www.GoodbyeBabylon.com"

Jay Stolar shows us why he's already packing in venues on the darkly beautiful 'Leading Me Down', off of his forthcoming debut record. With a penchant for honest songwriting and roots in street corner soul, Stolar's days underground would appear to be numbered. Forget The Voice, forget The X Factor... you're next great American singer is right here. - www.GoodbyeBabylon.com


"www.InCrowdZine.com"

Everything about it from the feel good vibe, to his crowd interaction, to his energy puts a smile on the audiences faces and by the end of the night you just want more of what Jay Stolar has to offer. - www.InCrowdZine.com


"www.InCrowdZine.com"

Everything about it from the feel good vibe, to his crowd interaction, to his energy puts a smile on the audiences faces and by the end of the night you just want more of what Jay Stolar has to offer. - www.InCrowdZine.com


"Jimmy Lloyd"

Jay Stolar is charisma incarnate. His presence and personality drive his live performances and his supreme stage presence before an audience should not be missed. - The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase on NBC


"Jimmy Lloyd"

Jay Stolar is charisma incarnate. His presence and personality drive his live performances and his supreme stage presence before an audience should not be missed. - The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase on NBC


"This project is brand new and unreleased to the press"

Stay tuned for reviews in the next few months - Stay tuned for reviews in the next few months


"This project is brand new and unreleased to the press"

Stay tuned for reviews in the next few months - Stay tuned for reviews in the next few months


"Brooklyn's Jay Stolar Explores the Power of Sex in New Single "Just an Animal""

New York's tempo may slow during the hot and sweaty summer, but the pace is only picking up for Jay Stolar. The Brooklyn poly-genre multi-instrumentalist has made a name for himself as a one-man musical enterprise, producing, playing, and songwriting for television and other artists in addition to composing his own music. - Village Voice


"Song Premiere: Jay Stolar, “Like You Do”"

Matching upbeat melody with soulful Blakean (James, not William) vocals, “Like You Do” is rich in harmony and ooh-ooh-ooh-oohs (on “you,” naturally) complemented by the increasingly rousing rhythms. - American Songwriter


"'The Voice' alum Caroline Pennell and Jay Stolar strip down Disclosure's 'Latch' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO"

Pennell and Stolar are also gearing up to hit the road together. Beginning in March, the two will embark on a six-stop house concert tour where they’ll be playing in the living rooms of select lucky fans. - Entertainment Weekly


Discography

2013 Album Preview - Nov 2012
More Than We Think - Oct 2013

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Bio

Jay Stolar wrote his first song at age seven. He doesn’t remember it now, but he remembers
the act of writing it with perfect clarity. And since then, that’s all he’s ever done: Write,
record and perform music. The multi-instrumentalist grew up in New Jersey, a fact of irony as
he now embraces some of the best aesthetics of the state’s most iconic singer Bruce
Springsteen, and spent his youth honing his craft. He began pursing a solo career in 2012
urged by the desire to express something more profound than he initially assumed possible in
song. He realized that his experiences, the ones that have shaped him as a human being, could
be used to inspire and encourage those around him in the world.


At age twenty, Stolar was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. His life had devolved into chaos
and it was only through a momentary instance of clarity that the musician knew to ask for
help. His struggle with mental illness has informed who he is both as a person and as a
songwriter, especially as Stolar learned to channel his discomfort into creativity. His new
anthemic, emotional single, “My Own Way,” captures this sensibility, especially in its
evocative music video, which Stolar himself conceptualized and co-directed.


“The whole thing for me was a huge step,” he says. “I realized that talking about my own
issues with mental health was a huge part of my stability. It doesn’t change who I am, but
makes me feel better. We are all constantly hard on ourselves, beating ourselves down. We
end up slowing ourselves down from achieving the things we want to achieve and from living
a life that’s fulfilled and in the moment.”


The single was written as part of a large batch of new material Stolar has been developing for
the past year. The musician, who worked on the music with producer Billy Van in Los
Angeles for much of last year, was inspired to begin creating a follow-up to his 2013 debut
album More Than We Think after an experience at a friend’s wedding. “This guy, a successful
slam poet, got up and read a poem ‘I want the skin, I want the bones, I want your skeleton
love,’” Stolar explains. “It really struck something in me. He and I got together that night at
the bar and talked about working together. The next morning I woke up and heard the chorus
and pre-chorus in my head. It felt big, a new sound for me.”


The resulting song, “Skeleton Love,” represents where Stolar wants to go as a musician and
songwriter. It reflects the work of artists like Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, and
captures raw, genuine emotions in a pop setting. For Stolar, music should capture something
greater than yourself even as it mirrors your own unique musical sensibility. “That’s my goal
and connects to who I am,” he says. “There’s so much raw emotion in me with all the things
I’ve been through with depression and bi-polar. If you meet me you can feel that passion and
feel that raw energy, but, for me, it’s best channeled in the sound of a song.” The poignant video was released in support of the Love is Louder campaign.



Stolar’s new music reveals him as a musician who is continually evolving and growing. He
grew up inspired by everyone from Otis Redding to Van Morrison to Tina Turner, and brings
a sincere sense of enthusiasm to his live performances. His passion for music only grows as
his accolades and achievements increase, too. He’s performed at Firefly Music Festival
alongside Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as a featured artist at popular industry
gathering like the New Music Seminar and in venues around the country. His debut single,
“Like You Do,” was featured on the CW’s 90210 and broke the Mediabase Radio TOP 40
chart. In the spring of 2014 Stolar’s single “Brooklyn Hustle” became the arena anthem for
the Brooklyn Nets during their playoff run. “My Own Way” has debuted on Sirius/XM
Satellite Radio’s pop station Hits 1 and its video has garnered over 500,000 views on
YouTube since its premiere.


For Stolar, music is essential and it’s the only thing he’s ever wanted to do. It’s a means of
expression, but it’s also a way to help those around him, especially those who may struggle
with similar issues of mental health. His low points, his fumbles through the darkness, can
give light to others in the form of a song or a music video or a live show. His music is for
anyone and everyone, but its power exists in its inspirational heft.


“I would like mental illness to not have such a heavy stigma and be accepted in the same way
we talk about diabetes,” Stolar says. “It’s just a part of life and not something that people need
to be afraid of. I want to inspire people in that way and also create music that becomes a part
of people’s lives. I just want to create songs that matter to people in whatever way is right for
them.” 

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