Anitra Jay is a R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter based in Memphis, TN. Her music is an intricate fusion of Gospel, Poetry, Soul, and Pop. Her contemporary lyrics grab the mind while she takes her audience on a soul catching journey through faith, hope, reality, and love.
Growing up in New Orleans, Anitra Jay was surrounded by the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Gospel was also influential in her life and when she was a young girl she joined the church choir. “When everyone swayed from side to side, I began to move to my own tune and bumped into everyone around me, including my Mom,” she says. Needless to say, she learned how to keep a rhythm.
In high school she had taught herself to play the piano, but it wasn’t until after college when she found her true calling. A dark blue guitar caught her eye while in a music store one day, so she bought it on a whim and taught herself to play. She’s been singing and writing songs ever since.
With a musical style often compared to India.Arie and Chrisette Michele, Anitra Jay offers a sweet down-to-earth blend of soul and poetry with modern sensibilities. Her personality and expert improvisational skills set her performances square between the raw edge of improv comedy and sultry soaked soul. She effortlessly combines soul-catching melodies with tales of real life experiences wrought with motivational messages that leave the listener entertained, inspired, and ready to take on the world.
As an R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, Anitra takes full advantage of the freedom of being an independent artist, writing every song from the soul and for the soul. Her self-discipline, sacrifice, and pure will to press on have paid off as she released her debut album, 'Keep The Faith'. Completely self-penned and self-produced, this record was designed to empower others. “It’s a reminder that when life knocks you down your job is to get back up and start again because it’s not just about you,” she explains. “Other people are depending on you to carry out your purpose on this earth.”
In her sophomore album, 'Genesis', released in the Fall of 2012, Anitra Jay explores the radical rejuvenation of starting over with songs such as "An Angel," and "On a Dime and a Dream." This album combines sultry vocals with harmonic sounds of the guitar that will captivate its listeners and bring them on a journey of new beginnings.
Additionally, Anitra Jay has garnered praise in the growing community of women with natural hair. Her third album, 'Crown and Glory,' seeks to encourage and promote the beauty of natural hair. With songs like With songs like "It's a Way of Life," and "Crown & Glory," she dares to communicate to society that being yourself is perfectly beautiful as opposed to what magazines and other forms of media dictate. The album also includes a remix from her popular song "The Natural Hair Song," featuring Original Soul, a hip-hop artist out of Dallas, TX. Crown & Glory is available now on iTunes, BandCamp and CD Baby.
She is currently touring the south and east coast while working on her fourth album, 'Work in Progress.'