Jay Sparrow Signs Deal with Royalty Records

 

This was taken by Michael Maxxis in an abandoned shipping yard under the border control in Detroit Michigan.

  

http://royaltyrecords.ca/?p=5211

Royalty Records announces the new signing of punk-influenced, folk-driven, twang-induced incarnation Jay Sparrow.

Jay will join the collection of new artists to be released on Royalty Records throughout the next year and a half. Signing Jay signifies an expansion in the direction Royalty is taking with the music the label will be releasing.
“When I first met Jay 7 or so years ago, I instantly became a fan of his song writing. To me, the core of his music has always been the writing, which is layered with meaning and story telling. As Jay and I became friends, I realized many similarities we have in growing up around country music and similar stories we had as both our fathers played country music.
Everyone at Royalty is very excited to have Jay join our family, and bring his amazing story telling and uniquely identifiable voice to this new project, along with a few very exciting special guests!” – Rob Smith (President)
Jay Sparrow is… many things but first and foremost he is a singer-songwriter. He has released an impressive body of work over the last seven years with seven records. At his start, Jay was the founder and main songwriter for Canadian punk band Murder City Sparrows. The band released two records, both of which were produced by Canadian rock luminary Gordie Johnson of the legendary band Big Sugar. Their first single broke into the top 40 on Canadian radio and opened the door for the band to tour relentlessly for three years including stops at many major music festivals across North America.
Murder City Sparrows broke up at the end of 2009 and since then Jay has written, produced and released five genre bending solo records to great acclaim. The first of which caught the ear of Canada’s national broadcaster the CBC and they picked Jay as one of the nation’s foremost songwriters.With the support of thousands of Albertan fans Jay won the CBC great Canadian Song Quest and was commissioned to write a song about his home province’s historic Badlands.
In November of 2012 Jay released his most daring record yet, WHITE. The album saw an artist taking risk and liberty with new techniques and technologies. It was Jay’s first solely electronic record as was it his first time directing his own videos. The combination of stunning visuals and sounds pushed WHITE into the top 20 on iTunes Canada’s singer-songwriter charts for ten weeks straight. The record remained in the top 200 for almost four months and received glowing reviews nationally and locally. Jay has begun writing for his next release scheduled for fall 2014.
“I am excited to join the family at Royalty Records and be a part of their long storied history. I have been keeping watch of the company since Rob and I became friends going on six or seven years ago. I am happy to be among forward thinkers and I expect this will be a creative and rewarding partnership.” – Jay Sparrow

BMBSHL VIDEO

This is a video I recently directed for the beautiful and talented electronic artist BMBSHL.

Check her out.

 

 

KoodoNation

Hello friends, I have recently become a brand ambassador for an exciting new web community called Koodonation. This community connects non-profit organizations with creative volunteers all over the world. I will be at Edmonton’s K-Days this Saturday JULY 20/2013 on the Koodonation stage at 3PM to play with my band and then I’ll be heading to Churchill Square to play at 6:30pm. Check out the music and check out Koodonation!

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Recent Live Video

 

Many thanks to Andrew and all of the talented folks at http://www.randompath.ca for their work capturing this song from our show in November. It was a great night and crowd. This version of my song “Lay Yr Mountain Down” will be exclusively available for download from http://www.recordmob.com.

New Video – CARELESS – From The Album WHITE

 

I am fortunate to have worked with some amazing and talented folks on this new video. All my love.

 

Directed by Jay Sparrow

Cinematography & Edit – Holden Daniels

Art Direction & Wardrobe – Karen Michelle Meola

Ballet Choreography – Solveig Groenland

Acro-Yogi Choreography – Dawn Lamothe & Stephen Visser

Edmonton CD Release for “WHITE”

 

Tickets available at:

http://yeglive.ca/events/jay-sparrow/nov-30-2012/pawnshop

Or Blackbyrd Music on Whyte Avenue.

NEW VIDEO – COLD WINTER SONG – FROM THE ALBUM “WHITE”

Directed by myself

Cinematography and edit by the very talented Holden Daniels

Art direction by the also super talented Heather Mclean

New Video – UNTIL WE RUN OUT – From The Record “WHITE”

This video is my directorial debut. Under the careful guidance of my friend and co-conspirator Holden Daniels(cinematography & edit) we shot this video in a few different places in the world but the majority was filmed at the base of the Sacre Coeur in Montemarte, Paris.

New Record Titled “WHITE”

Hello my friends. My new record is titled WHITE and will be released on November 1st 2012. This is the cover art. The photo of me was shot by Dannielle Oswell & Stephane Berube and the design was by Sean Buchanan.

Album Credits

Written & Produced by Jay Sparrow

Co-produced by BMBSHL CMD & Mr. Smith

Recorded & Mixed by Mr. Smith

Performed by Jay Sparrow & BMBSHL CMD

Mastered by Phil Demetro

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