Hello! My name is Will Jay and I’m a 21 years old singer/songwriter from Studio City, California. I’m of Chinese and German descent and my parents met in China at Beijing University where they were graduate students and later married. My family includes two generations of piano teachers. Because of this it’s not surprising that I’ve been playing the piano since I was 4 and I am classically trained. From an early age I found a love for performing. I started in musical theatre and transitioned into acting, landing a guest role in TNT’s “The Closer” and commercials for Target and Nintendo. I’ve done my share of background singing with acts like Linkin Park and Josh Groban.
I was also a member of a boy band named IM5. We performed more than 200 shows around the United States and Canada. We even performed at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Mexico. I arranged our YouTube covers, our mashups and was the sole writer for our most popular iTunes release, “Heartless.” I left the band in December 2014 to pursue a solo career. I’ve been fortunate enough to carry the support I had in the band with me to my solo endeavor.
I describe my music as a family tree. Going back two generations, I would consider my grandparents to be The Beatles, as they are my main inspiration for songwriting. My mom is Adele and my father is Elton John. I have many influences but if there’s one artist I want to sound like, it’s Elton. Jason Mraz is my uncle; my music definitely has a touch of his singer/songwriter sensibilities. I have two brothers: Bruno Mars and Sam Smith. I look to Bruno for his throwback vibe and catchy melodies, whereas I admire Sam for the honesty in his lyrics and the authenticity of his music.
I have been proactively recording and writing and in April 2016 released my first single to radio, “Gentleman”, which to date has been streamed just over 1,000,000 times. Rounding out 2016 I released a five song EP, recorded a duet with the amazing Sonika Vaid entitled, “Smoke From Distant Fires” and released a holiday song, “Christmas Come Early.” In 2017 I released “Leading Man”, “Off The Record”, and “Gangsta”. All of my 2017 releases have succeeded in reaching in the hundreds of thousands of video views and music streams. My youtube channel has over 11,000,000 views in total and my music has been featured in Buzzfeed, MTV, Refinery 29, and iHeart Radio to name but a few outlets. In just its first month of release, my current single, “Never Been In Love”, has amassed over 300,000 video views and over 300,000 streams on all music platforms combined. In July 2018 I will be releasing an EP entitled, Outloud Featuring Will Jay. The first single is “Louder.