Journeying into the music world and navigating the experiences that come with it can be overwhelming. Not everyone can handle all that and still achieve remarkable results, but Brooklyn singer Aria Jay has weathered different storms, gone through the process and grown through everything over the years.
Aria Jay‘s journey into music began when she was 11, and she got her first music lessons under opera master Judy Hages. Not long after, she discovered she had a nodule on her vocal cords, which she fixed with the help of the classical BelCanto technique. She healed without surgery or voice rest. Since she overcame that, she has gone on to thrive and shine with her talent, which has taken her to places she only ever dreamed of.
As a middle and high school student, she was a part of every musical project and sang in a select choir. She was a singer in her school’s jazz band and in an original funk band. She also played the clarinet before going on to study jazz performance and composition at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan. There, she met and worked with Jazz greats like Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver and Rachel Z. Upon graduation, she got the chance to work with many acts across the music scene, grounding herself.in different genres.
Aria Jay has evolved over the years and pursued a solo career with all the experience she garnered. Her debut EP, Growth was released in 2018, on which she worked with producer Cam Outlaw of Whirling Wolf Records. She also released her debut music video for the single “He Said” the same year, marking her official presence I’m the music world. She has gotten numerous opportunities to showcase her talents, such as being invited to be an artist in residence at Holyrad Studio in Brooklyn. During her residency, she created a visual album for Growth with producer and director Janet S. Kim, released in 2018.
One distinct thing about Aria Jay is how she never stops taking the next big step, and in 2019, she made a bold move to become a producer and engineer. She started creating records in her home studio, one of which was “Secrets,” released in 2019. In 2020, she established SAINT MORRETTA, a production studio that has produced all her subsequent projects since then. Her music catalogue includes her second EP, When The Sun Comes Up, in collaboration with Torna (Daisy the Great, Johan Lenox, Halima).
Beyond producing and recording songs, Aria Jay has established herself as a prolific songwriter for not just herself but other artists. She’s a frequent participant of songwriting camps with her most recent appearance on Ari Herstand (Ari’s Take) and Danny Ross’s (Anti Social Producers Club) SongCon, working with Grammy-winning songwriters, producers, and engineers including Chris Sclafani, Dan Edinberg, and Marc Plotkin.
She has announced her next release to be a StoneBridge remix of her song “Cried All On My Own,” slated for August 23, 2022. The song was in her last EP, and she hopes that the remix will give her audience a fresh feel of her unique sound.
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