Friday, April 27
Rayana Jay is a 23 year-old R&B/soul singer-songwriter originally from Richmond, CA. With velvet smooth vocals and airy harmonies, Jay's music carries a confessional, old-soul storytelling nature rooted in honesty.
From love and heartbreak to womanhood and self-discovery, Jay's music is a reflection of her innermost thoughts and feelings at all times. As KQED wrote, "her music is instantly danceable R&B, with an unconventional edge: her voice bounces between melding to the grooves and breaking into its own rhythm — something like a slow, sensuous rap."
The Bay Area born singer's influences span from Organized Noize, all the way to the raw emotions of Amy Winehouse and sultry tones of Anita Baker. Jay began singing in the choir at ten years old and recorded her first professional song in the summer of 2012. She grew up with her grandmother, who introduced her to classic singers like Johnny "Guitar" Watson, along with her mom who worked at a record label in the 90s.
Rayana Jay's acclaimed debut EP, 2016’s Sorry About Last Night along with 2017’s Morning After, serve as proper introductions to her penmanship, relationships, and changing world.