Undoubtedly, Jamaica has produced some of the best singers and musicians. Names like Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Beenie Man, Luciano, Ernest Ranglin and Dean Fraser come to mind. These artistes are associated with Jamaican genres of music-reggae and dancehall. Not often do we hear Jamaicans mastering other areas of music. This is exactly why Jay Douglas stands out.
Aptly described as a “dynamic singer with a captivating stage presence”, Douglas is today a world renowned artiste. Not only has he performed at exotic night clubs and on exquisite cruise ships, but resorts such as The Sheraton and Holiday Inn. Furthermore, he has performed in front of audiences all over the world including Europe and Asia.
As mentioned, Jay has not limited himself to the confines of reggae and dancehall. His repertoire includes R&B and Soul along with a number of other genres. There are hit singles from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s along with contemporary, big band classics and Blues. In fact, he has released a recent CD entitled "A Touch of Magic," which includes performances from international reggae stars, SLY & ROBBIE. Since release, “A Touch of Magic” remains a hit with Canadian and U.S. fans.
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Jay's recordings have been released worldwide and include numerous hits singles in Canada. As such, he has received innumerable press highlights. He has appeared on network television in Canada and the U.S, drawing rave reviews on the shows, "It's Happening" and "Music at Midnight." Consequently, he has received a number of motion picture deals. For instance, he appeared in “Heaven Before I Die”, starring Omar Sharif.
Been such a talented songwriter and performer, Jay has shared the stage with many of the greats including legends such as The Manhattans, Fats Dominoe, Percy Sledge, Freda Payne, Dorothy Moore, Cissy Houston, Bluesman Roscoe Gordon, Soul Stylists, and Peaches & Herb. Moreover, he has performed with reggae legends such as Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and reggae jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin. He has also performed with the calypso king "The Mighty Sparrow".
Jay has appeared at several music festivals in major cities such as Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. One major such event is the Toronto Blues Society's Caribbean Soul concert. Of note, he performed in the "Tribute to Donovan Bailey" following Bailey's record breaking run at the Atlanta Olympics. In 2006 Jay and his AllStar band performed at the “Jazz on the Green" festival in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Where Is He Now
Today, Jay's name is synonymous with great entertainment as featured vocalist at some of the most exquisite venues. If you want to catch a glimpse or immerse in the amazing musical ambience of Jay Douglas, he and his band can be seen performing every Friday and Saturday evenings at Snug Harbour restaurant in Port Credit, where he has been performing for the past 10 years. Further, Jay is available for studio recordings, club dates, weddings, corporate events, concerts, motion picture productions, and any occasion that calls for first class entertainment.
In 2012, Douglas was a nominee in the Reggae Recording of the Year category – Lover's Paradise – at the Juno Awards in Ottawa, Canada. Jay Douglas continues to perform and energize crowds wherever he goes after 45 years in the business! Navito. (TCC)