Rapper. Entrepreneur. Los Angeles native Jay Blaze, born Jazon Keith Jackson, started out with a modest upbringing. The son of a single working mother, Jay and his younger sister were shuttled about much as children, frequently moving around Los Angeles. Even in his early years, Jay displayed talent as he began rapping in middle school, often impressing his peers with lunchtime freestyle battles.
In middle school, Jay continued to hone his skills as a battle rapper. His work paid off when he got an opportunity to rap onstage alongside Wyclef Jean. Once he got to high school, he landed a spot on Power 106's nightly “Whoa Call” battle rap competition. Jay’s musical talents did not go unnoticed; he was soon discovered by a local talent manager. Before graduating from high school, Jay began to make a name for himself in the music industry, recording with local producers and putting together an independent album while creating his own record label Global Sound Music Group .
After graduating from high school, Jay took a few years off to work and make money to grow his label. This did not last long, however. While working, Jay formed a camaraderie with a well-known music producer who boasts a list of artists the likes of Busta Rhymes, Whitney Houston, and Missy Elliott. In 2008, with the help of the producer’s industry knowledge, Jay expanded Global Sound Music Group – a record label specializing in production, marketing, hip-hop, pop, urban, and R&B music.
As Jay's career as a businessman began to gain momentum, so did his career as an artist. Jay began to work with an unknown producer named Ronald "Jukebox" Jackson, who later became notable for producing Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". The first track he produced for Jay, "Move," landed on MTV's "Making the Band". Building from the success of the single, Jay embarked on a school tour, performing in over 100 high schools and colleges throughout Southern California, and encouraging students to stay in school.
Soon after, Jay released his new single "Universal Man", featuring R&B singer Ray J. The song grew such a buzz that a video was shot, garnering attention from several premiere blogs, including Yahoo! and Vibe, and gaining airplay on MTV and VH1. Jay's next video, "No One Has 2 Know", guest starred his close friend, Lamorne Morris, from Fox’s "New Girl". Though many labels tried to sign Jay, he felt the need to increase his buzz by independently releasing the "We Invented the V-Mix" mixtape, which attracted more than 500,000 views on YouTube in a matter of weeks.
Now, with more than 10 years of experience in the music industry under his belt, Jay Blaze, “the local boy with a global sound”, continues to grow as an artist. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his EP Haterz Stay Back, and had just released the video for his next single, “Fire.” Haterz Stay Back EP is on iTunes now.