Jason Kay

Jason Kay

Infobox musical artist
Background = solo_singer
Name = Jason "Jay" Kay

Img_capt =
Birth_name = Jason Cheetham
Born = birth date and age |1969|12|30
Origin = Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Died =
Occupation = Musician, Singer, songwriter
Genre = Acid jazz, Funk, Disco, blue-eyed soul, Pop, Rock, Electronica,
Instrument = Vocals
Years_active = 1992 - Present
Associated_acts = Jamiroquai

Jason "Jay" Kay (born Jason CheethamFact|date=August 2008 on 30 December, 1969 in Stretford, Trafford) is an English musician. He is the principal member, songwriter, and lead singer of the band Jamiroquai. He is the son of jazz singer, cabaret singer, 70's and 80's comedienne and impressionist Karen Kay and Luís Silveira, a man of Portuguese origin.

Early life

Kay was born into a non-religious family only with his Jewish mother Karen Kay, a cabaret singer, comedienne and impressionist who performed around the world, and stepfather James Royal. He did not meet his biological father, a man of Portuguese origin called Luís Silveira, until 2001. He was educated firstly at the independent Holmwood House School in Colchester, and then at the independent Oakham School in Rutland, and spent six months in Thailand at the age of thirteen with his stepfather.

Upon returning home, he decided to change his life and began recording demos using his drum machine and some free studio time, and writing lyrics (he was taught how to play a real drum set by Jan van Mesdag). During this time he coined the name Jamiroquai for his potential new band, based upon the name of a Native American tribe, the Iroquois, and "jam" from the word "jamming", and also the distinctive Buffalo Man logo. His demos were soon spotted by the UK music label Acid Jazz, and Kay found himself signing a recording contract.


Kay formed Jamiroquai with members Toby Smith (Keyboards), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums) and Wallis Buchanan (Didgeridoo), together with guest appearances by Gavin Dodds (guitar) and Maurizio Ravelico (percussion) amongst others, both on the band's debut album and on their first tour.

Jamiroquai has sold over twenty million albums, and has spent a collective 162 weeks on the UK singles chart in the 14 years since 1992 with Kay's personal wealth said to be around £40,000,000.Fact|date=October 2007 He appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List 2004 at (joint) 950th. However, the Sunday Times Rich List 2007 starts at a minimum £70m so Kay's relative wealth is now unknown by the public.

After the huge success of Jamiroquai's first single, "When You Gonna Learn," a $1.9 million, eight album deal was signed with Sony records. The band's first album Emergency on Planet Earth became a fast seller, and the unique nature of Jamiroquai soon became apparent. However, not everyone was attracted by the different style of music Jamiroquai presented.

The band's third album Travelling Without Moving generated international attention with the ground breaking video of Virtual Insanity which earned Jamiroquai four MTV awards. Since then, their fourth album Synkronized has done just as well, which was recorded in Kay's home studio located in the garden of his 500-year-old, 11-bedroom Buckinghamshire mansion. Although the press usually focus on Kay's passion for cars, his mansion and his love life, Jason Kay is environmentally aware and has donated a large quantity of his money to Greenpeace and Friends Of The Earth, as well as charities for the homeless. The main reason that his message is conveyed strongly through his music is because of his self-made nature, in the fact that all aspects of the band's work has to be approved by him, including artwork and credits.

On the production of his fourth album, Stuart Zender left the band. The reasons have said to been the birth of Stu's daughter and that he and Kay didn't get along anymore. Some fans have speculated that Zender's employment was terminated by the band's record label. Consequently, Kay scrapped almost a complete album-worth of work to eliminate from the album of all traces of Stuart Zender's playing.

Kay has previously stated that he would like his band to continue writing music for another 15-20 years. However it was reported in February 2007 that Kay has quit music due to a loss of inspiration [cite web
title=Jay Kay quits music
publisher=Digital Spy
] .This was denied on Jamiroquai's official website the day after.

Personal life

Media reports about Kay often focus on his personal relationships. Kay has had a number of high-profile relationships, including Winona Ryder and Denise van Outen.In November 2006, the tabloid press reported Kay was dating Emmerdale actress Amy Nuttall. [ [http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_headline=exclusive--jay-ko-d-by-amy-&method=full&objectid=18160238&siteid=93463-name_page.html People.co.uk - EXCLUSIVE: JAY KO'D BY AMY! ] ]

Jay Kay's primary home is in Buckinghamshire, but also he owns homes in Westminster (London) and Gairloch.

He is also a keen fan of Manchester City F.C..

Paparazzi confrontations

Kay has had a hostile relationship with press photographers.

He was charged in 2001 with assaulting a photographer and damaging his camera outside a nightclub (the charges were later dropped).

In 2002, Kay was involved in a confrontation with another cameraman in a London street and was knocked out.Fact|date=September 2008

On 12 September 2006, Jay Kay was involved in an incident with paparazzi outside a London club, punching two photographers.


Despite describing himself as an environmentalist, Kay has a strong interest in exotic cars and owns around 25 deluxe cars—mostly sports cars. His love of motors was expressed with the release of the album "Travelling Without Moving". The album's cover featured an adaptation of the "Buffalo Man" logo and the Ferrari crest. Three of his cars appeared in the video for the song “Cosmic Girl.” Altogether he has 37 vehicles including what he calls "staff cars" ! [cite web |url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear_(series_11)|title=Top Gear, Series 11, Episode 6, during the interview in the segment, Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car|airdate=2008-07-27]

"I've had a few Ferraris," declares Kay. The truth is that he has four to his name at the moment, including his latest new acquisition, an Enzo. Kay has also had an F40 and F50. A combination of cars and music is the song "Black Devil Car" on the album "Dynamite" which is a tribute to his black Ferrari Enzo.

Kay's love of fast cars has occasionally landed him in legal trouble. In May 1998, Kay was caught driving at 111 mph and his license was suspended for 42 days. He said in an interview, "I should count myself lucky. I've clocked up 175 mph on a public road. If I'd been caught doing that, it would have been a prison sentence." He appeared at court in Scotland to face charges for speeding after being clocked at 105 mph in a Mercedes-Benz G-Class, on 26 February 2004. The speed limit for the road was 70 mphFact|date=June 2008. He was later banned from driving for 6 months.

Kay participated in the 2007 Gumball 3000 rally as part of Team Adidas in a Maserati Quattroporte.

Kay has achieved the fastest lap time in Top Gear's 'Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car' challenge, beating the previous top record held by Simon Cowell for two series, with a time of 1 minute 45.81 seconds. [cite web |url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear_(series_11)|title=Top Gear, Series 11, Episode 6|airdate=2008-07-27]

TV Performances

Kay co-starred in an episode of the BBC series the Naked Chef alongside the chef Jamie Oliver. We get a glimpse at one of Jay's cars as the pair take his Bentley S3 Convertible to the local wine shop. Further in this episode we see Kay's herb garden. He has also performed on BBC Strictly come dancing singing Canned Heat. He can be seen in the Clarion H.M.I. adverts performing to the "Feel So Good" knee deep remix. He has been in two so far and has driven two different concept cars.Kay has also been a guest of Top Gear's 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' segment. He appeared in the second ever episode of the show and, more recently, in Series 11, Episode 6.


Kay is well known for his array of elaborate hats and headgear, which he often wears. When appearing professionally (in concerts, interviews etc.) he has been referred to as "mad hatter" and "that bloke that wears daft stuff on his head" for his love of headgear. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/music/mad-hatter/2005/11/24/1132703291988.html Mad hatter - Music - Entertainment - smh.com.au ] ] It is said that he has over 50 different hats that he wears at concerts and in public. [ [http://www.dexigner.com/fashion/news-g4882.html Jamiroquai to Launch Fashion Line | Dexigner ] ] He has stated publicly that some of them were made by his own mother,

Kay's most recognizable headgear is his mirrored "feather headdress" seen on the cover of .

ee also

*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
*Buffalo Man, the name of the character featured on all of the Jamiroquai's album artwork


External links

* [http://www.jamiroquai.co.uk/ Official Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/jamiroquai Official Myspace Page]

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