EL-JAY was born in Northridge, California. EL-JAY is the oldest of three children—a natural born leader. He is the son of multi-platinum artist, Rome, whose big hit was “I Belong to You”. Entertaining and music has always been present in EL-JAY’s life. He began to show an interest in entertainment and music at a very young age, even before watching his father Rome. EL-JAY taught himself how to dance at the tender age of five years old. Michael Jackson was also a huge inspiration in EL-JAY’s life. He began mimicking The King of Pop’s every move and entertaining others with his adaptation of this well-known artist. That was the beginning of EL-JAY’s talents, potential and creativity; truly a raw talent and a true natural. EL-JAY had the opportunity to sing on Rome’s independent album “To the Highest”, as well as appear in his dad’s “People of This World” video. He was also an actor and model at a very young age; and considers writer/producer Tyler Perry a huge motivation to his entertainment career.
During his middle school and high school years, EL-JAY’s physique began to stretch (eventually to a lean 6’1”) frame and so did his talents and abilities. EL-JAY began to break off into playing sports (which he excelled in) and put music on hold. EL-JAY was drawn back to his roots after his first year of college. He began singing, acting, modeling and dancing again. People are drawn to EL-JAY’s delightfully charming personality as well as to his many talents. Effective communication is one of his strongest qualities. EL-JAY’s mother, who has always appreciated her son’s personality and character, recognized his multi-talents from the time he was a young child. She supports him in higher education and in his giftedness as a singer, actor, writer and model. She has also helped to shape his character and has always been a tremendous influence and grounding in his life. EL-JAY’s childhood and teen years were peppered with a number of up and down challenges that have helped to shape him into an extraordinary young man. EL-JAY is thankful to God for His love, guidance and protection; and for the ongoing love and support he has received from his family.
EL-JAY’s self-motivation, determination, energy and focus matured after his first year of college and so did his talents and training. His natural talents were no longer child’s play. EL-JAY’s early childhood display of his raw talents had become more refined and was gaining the attention of those in the film and television industries. EL-JAY has made several studio audience appearances on the popular NBC game show Minute to Win It. He has also made appearances in a couple of short films directed by Adam Paul Rodriguez. The progression of EL-JAY’s talents and abilities quickly landed him appearances in several major Disney television shows: Sonny with a Chance, Hannah Montana, along with Zeek and Luther. EL-JAY’s goal is to broaden his talents in the film industry and to reach the Y-generation as well as the global world with positive music.
The world will have an opportunity to hear EL-JAY’s soon to be released single, “EMERGENCY”, featuring Shorty Mack and produced by The Exekutives. In addition, we will all be able to cruise with EL-JAY when he performs the soulful “Take a Ride” – a song written and co-produced by his dad, Rome, Middi West and 727 Productions. In the meantime, check out “My Number One”, produced by the Breakfast Club, on YouTube and ITunes!
TMA (The Main Attraction) brews up a powerful sonic blend that can best be described as Urban/Pop with an R&B Soulful Twist.