Roy Jay

There’s a line on Mungo Jerry, from Roy Jay’s new album, Lucky Guy, that sums up the life and music of this successful entrepreneur turned musician: “I’m living the life that I wanted to live/When I need a hand, folks are happy to give.” Indeed, Roy Jay is now living the life he’s wanted to live, making the music he wants to make, and sharing it with the world. Lucky Guy is the album Roy Jay waited 20 years to make, and it is his artistic vision, fully formed – heartfelt, incisive and soulful. Jay’s music is an amalgam of his influences; a touch of Dylan, a dash of Paul Simon, a heaping of Jimmy Buffet and infused with the wide-open, American spirit of the Grateful Dead. And it is the reflection of a man who has journeyed to be where he wanted to be all along. 

How do you describe your music to people, Roy?
Fun and relaxing.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I love music, there isn't anything I would rather do than this.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Make music!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding enough to time to make and promote music.  Both are full time jobs.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was going to be President of the United States.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I live in Orlando but I visit Los Angeles often.  It was there that I realized it was never too late to follow my dreams and make music.  The city is full of people chasing their dreams.

What other artists out there do you love?
Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton, Amos Lee, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, Bill Withers, The Meters, Greg Brown, Martin Sexton, Damien Rice, CSNY, Bob Marley, Bruce Hornsby, Counting Crows, Ani Difranco, Eddie Vedder, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Galatic, Norah Jones, Jimmy Buffett, and the Beatles.

What does your future hold?
Hopefully many more tours and records.

Nov 10 2009
Natura Coffee Cafe - Full Band - 2 Sets
Orlando, Florida
Nov 13 2009
Skid’s Pub - Full Band 2 Sets
Tampa, Florida
Nov 18 2009
Underground Bluz - Full Band - 2 sets
Orlando, Florida
Nov 20 2009
Barefoot’s Billy - Full Band 2 Sets (9 - 12)
Tampa, Florida
Nov 21 2009
East Coast Coffee and Tea - Acoustic Duo
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Dec 4 2009
Skid’s Pub - Full Band 2 Sets
Tampa, Florida
Dec 11 2009
Frogger’s Grill and Pub - Acoustic Duo
Orlando, Florida
Dec 18 2009
Little Fish Huge Pond - Acoustic Duo
Sanford, Florida