|NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:
Jay Putty (22) hails from Evansville,
Indiana. "I am a singer songwriter with
Nashville tinge." He easily fits into the
country/pop genre, but Jay describes his
sound as more country with Nashville
His influences change all the time, but
currently Dan and Shay, Chase Rice,
R&B singer Gallant, Ed Sheeran, John
Mayer. When asked who he'd compare himself
to he says Sheeran and Mayer because of
the guitar playing style.
To Jay, it feels like he's been singing
most of his life, but he didn't actually
become a singer full out until about two
years ago. Putty was the guitarist in
numerous bands, so it's new territory to
be the singer. "My personality is super
super outgoing and very boisterous. It
felt natural getting out there." he says
of the switch from band man to front man.
Jay Putty put out his first record when he
in middle school. He formed his first band
with friends. They released two EP's
before breaking up a few years later.
Since then he has been the screaming
vocalist in a synth band, guitarist in an
electronic acoustic band, a pop/punk band,
and finally "Night Life" before going
solo. His last band "Night Life", saw a
lot of traction. They put out two records
and performed at Warped Tour. It was then
he started working with Kevin Gates (Never
Shout Never, Ready Set). "Kevin took me
under his wing to show me how to properly
write songs." From there Jay decided it
was time to go solo and started writing
more commercial music with Kevin. As a
solo artist Putty has released 8 singles,
one full length album, and an EP in the
last two years.
Jay's brand new single "Soon Ain't Soon
Enough" is currently making waves on
YouTube. "It's about doing the hokey
pokey." he jokes, then adds "It's feeling
young and invincible. I'm impervious, I'm
seventeen years old." The song is so
catchy you'll find yourself singing along.
As much as Jay enjoys singing, his first
love is songwriting. "That's what drew me
to music in the first place. Being able to
articulate your thoughts and feelings into
something that plays like a 3 minute movie
in your head."
For Jay, writing is also very therapeutic.
"There's a lot of songs I've written that
will never see the light of day but they
were definitely one's I needed to write to
get me out of a certain frame of mind."
When asked about his songwriting he shares
"It's an extension of myself and that's
what I really want it to be."
"I'm a pretty goofy guy. I like to have
some songs that are lighthearted but I
don't want my songs to be like that. I
know I was 22 once but did I have to write
like I was 22 all of the time?" Jay says
about wanting to use his voice to write
more serious songs.
Putty's background has given him a
lot of life experience, and enabled him to
grow up faster than your average young
adult. Jay shares a few life events that
contributed to this.
When Jay was 15 he lost his house in a
fire. He lost all of his possessions, but
instead of letting it get him down he
considers himself lucky. "To me, I didn't
lose my life. I didn't lose anything
important. They are just materials. I can
buy another guitar, another bed."
Senior year of high school Jay lost
a firefighter friend. A week later his
grandpa passed away from cancer. "It was
one of those times where you see a lot of
doctors, priests, crying. At 17 yrs old
trying to graduate high school it kind of
sets everything into reality. What's the
point of really doing anything that's
considered normal if at the end of your
life your not happy?" Jay confides before
sharing a family story.
His grandpa was only 37 years old
with 7 kids when he was first diagnosed of
small cell cancer. "When they found out my
great grandma went to the chapel and said
'you know what god? I've lived a full
life. He hasn't yet. If there is any way
we could trade me for him.'". He says two
weeks later she got breast cancer and
passed away. His grandpa underwent a
miracle and pulled through. The family
believes it's because of that barter. Jay
is extremely grateful because otherwise he
wouldn't have gotten to meet his grandpa.
When asked if his grandpa is a big
influence, he says "definitely" saying the
old man was a great guy who lived a great
life and had no regrets.
Putty was going to school to be a doctor
(specializing in pediatric oncology
research). "I never saw music as a viable
option." He had a 3.8 gpa in
bio-medicine, but later dropped out
because he lost focus. Things started
happening for him as an artist and a
songwriter, which helped change direction.
Next month Jay is totally stoked to be
playing during CMA fest. He may release
another record, as he just found the last
song for it. Right now though his focus is
on getting co-writes and working towards a
He will be making the big move to Music
City in the near future. "I don't feel
like I can grow anymore in my hometown. I
need to go somewhere I can expand as an
artist and Nashville is the most logical."
"My goal is pretty simple. I don't want to
do anything else, so whatever I can do to
be a musician." Putty laments.