“There's something about the texture in Jay's voice that just grabs a hold of you.” - Tiffany Wilson
Jay Dot knows Love is Pain. It's selfish, it's destructive and often leaves it's casualities disfigured. His songs often confront this brutal truth by exploring those times when good intentions fail and the veil of romantic pretension is stripped to reveal souls stripped bare and fragile. But damn..he makes the nightmare sound good. Real good.
The gift is in Jay's DNA; his brother is singer/producer Che Blaq, a fixture in seattle's r&b scene as well as the nephew of famed gospel singer, Dorothy Love – Coates. He's honed his chops by sharing the stage with national and local heavy hitters like Donell Jones, Jagged Edge, Tiffany Wilson. Choklate and Rocky Sandoval. He cites all the right influences: Brian Mcknight, Sting, Chaka Kahn and Stevie Wonder – and yet easily separates himself from those teachers by having a sound and vision all his own.
His EP, entitled 'The L.O.V.E.' ( acronym for: Language Of Vivid Emotions), is a gut punch. With themes covering post-break up sex to fatherhood to infidelity, Jay's song writing goes straight to the jugular to deliver a highly emotional yet brutally honest listening experience. Jay then delivers with moody sonic backdrops that are fresh and current yet allude to the mid 90's golden-era of modern R&B.
In today's r&b landscape where the beats are some version of Trap or Euro-Dance and the lyrics rehash one dimensional subjects, listeners will find Jay Dot to be a welcome return to the art of song crafting, often utilizing 4 or 5 part harmonies, never over singing yet blasting out the type of vocal runs that are always on time and feel just right.
Welcome back, Love music.... we've missed you.