….born in the “Summer of Love“… Jay is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist from Lakeland, Florida..it was after his first trip to Sweden when he was 16, that he got the urge to get out and see the world..he moved to near by Orlando where he worked at Walt Disney World performing “everything from fur to the big stages”..after departing Florida in ’95, Jay was aloof throughout the US living in twelve states before bunkering down in Baltimore..where since 2001, he has been touring with the national act, The Mahoney Brothers, bringing the joy of music and soulful sounds that shaped America’s soul …along with the lengendary Beatles Tribute show, “Long Live The Beatles”, (the longest touring Beatles act in the world)..portraying the legendary George Harrison… Jay released his first debut solo album “Welcome To My World” in 2005..with the follow up 2011 “Rosalie” to much critical acclaim with hits such as “Give It a Try” as well as the well received “Tonight”..
“LIFE doesn’t care about you..YOU have to care about it”, Jay says..”..so stay healthy and happy ..love what you do ~ do what you love…and most of all..SING until the whole world hears!..”
long live rock and roll
… yes, i worked at Walt Disney World…performed in parades and shows..portayed Prince Charming…was Goofy, Tigger, and all characters in the 6ft. range…performed at Diamond Horseshoe, Beauty and the Beast and was lead actor/stuntman performing as Ace Ventura in his own stunt show..i worked for Sea World of Texas from ’87-’88, performing all over North and South America in shows and yes, even as Shamu…
I was a stuntman for Universal Studios circa ’90-’91 in Orlando, Florida specializing in high falls and combat fighting for stage and film..worked for Seattle based Greg Thompson Productions in Branson, MO as well as Biloxi, MS and all up and down the west coast and midwest at numerous casinos doing stage dance and comedy and yes, i even wore a dress at some point…
2000 in Philadelphia was where i met The Mahoney Brothers out of New Jersey…the Turning Point in LIFE was here..at the time i was performing in a GTP show and i decided i didn’t want to do it any longer and felt i needed to move on…The Mahoney Brothers were in need for a guitar player and after a crappy audition and an even crappier rehearsal, i was in!..first stop were the casinos of Tunica, Misissippi near Memphis…after being aloof since ’95, and residing in twelve states, i finally planted down in Baltimore…
2004 released debut solo album “Welcome to My World“
2011 released second solo album “Rosalie” to much criticalacclaim…with hits like “Give It a Try” and “Tonight”..both doing exceptionally well world wide..
2014 released third solo album “All the Reasons Why“...all three available on itunes…a somewhat 80’s theme throughout the record..”Drive” and the self titled “All The Reasons Why” are just a few of the standouts..
2020 brings the release of his new project, “Jay Swanson Band“, out June 2020..a great roots rock album loaded with great songs such as the opening blues rock track “Jenny Lee” and the classic California sound ballad “Jane”..Jay’s passion for the Rolling Stones are evident in the rockers “Queen Bee” “So Far Away” and “Lonesome Highway Blues”…“Honey Do” is a great country style song that would make Jerry Garcia smile..the Carly Simon/Mick Jagger era is clear in “One Love”, the album’s final song is a cool, foot tapping~finger snapping groove..perfect way to end the record…all in all, this latest offering from Jay is a fantastic with a great mix of classic roots blues rock and Americana music….Jay called on some of his favorite musicians from Baltimore, BJ Kerwin on drums, Eric Bouchard, from Annapolis, on bass, Greta Thomas on all the violins and strings, and Robyn Bingham added all the right backing vocals, and together provided a strong rhythm section and a great foundation…associate producer JJ Barkett and Jay go way back, with JJ being a driving and supportive force in helping Jay get the tunes out…once again, Scott Smith, over at The Wood and Stone Room in Baltimore, put the icing on the cake…Timmy Sean of Noisewater Records, helped with cd design and Jay looks forward to having this released on the label as well…last but not least, Corky Ellis, from Asheville, NC, who took the amazing photo of the Airstream Ranch, a place Jay holds dear to his ❤️, for the album cover…☮️
all music found on itunes, bandcamp, soundcloud, apple music and cdbaby, as well as spotify..
… and now that Covid–19 has halted all touring and social events, Jay plays for the neighborhood every Friday night at the “Live from Rosalie Happy Hour” concert series…which brings all the neighbors from up to five blocks away to enjoy a night of music … Jay also has been playing small vineyards throughout the state for small gatherings only as the restrictions are provided by the governor…“it’ll be some time before we musicians can get back to our love of live gigs in bars, state fairs, big stages, concert venues, touring life or just the typical solo gig, but we’ll get thru this together..we ALL have each other’s back and well all support one another thru live streams on local charities”… Baltimore has an amazing inner city music family…
© jay swanson 2021