In their expression of art, many artists steer clear of sensitive topics, especially ones that are political. Jay Madera is unfazed by political waters, and he aptly wades through them with his music’s message, bringing to light his informed perspective of the world around him.
Jay Madera, born in the heart of the Midwest, is a songwriter and musician who can best be described as a muckraker with a strong desire for his story to be told through song. The Cincinnati songwriter is a brilliant artist and employs a versatile style in pinpointing the salient points and political themes in society – observing, connecting the dots, and masterfully brewing the stories of the world around him before distilling it into an avalanche of sounds that inspires not just in melody but also in the message borne by his lyrics.
Recently, Jay Madera was signed by Pop Cautious Records—a Los Angeles-based indie record label that promotes, produces, and releases folk, soul, indie rock, and alternative music—and is set to release his debut album on March 26, which will be available on all streaming platforms. Over the past year, Madera had recorded some success with the release of his first singles. However, his LP Anxious Armada will be Jay Madera’s first complete artistic project.
Anxious Armada is marked by its interplay around themes of divisiveness, contradiction, and balance built on an exploration of vulnerable subject matters masterfully held together by exacting lyricism.
From early on, music has been a part of Jay Madera’s life. Both his skill and passion have evolved with the years. From initially detesting mandated piano lessons at a young age to picking up a guitar in his teenage years, he has honed his instrumental talent and his mind into a genuinely fascinating experience of music. Steering away from a romantic view of the world, his songs, while anthemic and musical, are replete with raw energy. He presents the world in all its glory and shame with lyrics that are both articulate and layered with meaning.
Uniting his consummate musical skill and keen intellect, Madera exhibits a versatility that mirrors a varied emotional and musical range, channeling the spirit of troubadours like Father John Misty, Ben Folds, and a much more soulful interpretation of Elvis Costello. His talent comfortably straddles both exuberant and the slower, stirring forms of music. There is a distinct undertone of self-awareness tinctured with sharp wit in how Jay Madera puts his message to song, deftly merging modern cultural observations with emotional themes that resonate with listeners globally.
In the coming years, Jay Madera plans to come clean through his music, conveying his passion, pain, and political opinion in a way that aims at the power balances in the world. He aspires to lead his audience on a journey of self-improvement through the tangle of endless content and mixed messages prevalent in the current era.
There is a growing sense of expectation, remarkable to observe, regarding the synergy between the artist and record label who amplify each other’s drive for truth, justice, peace, and spiritual awakening while, together, setting alight the music industry.