Jay Williams is originally from Washington, DC and still makes it his home. At three years old is when he started in on the drums, and while others sometimes say that the instrument picked them, Jay feels differently. “I think I picked the drums. I was very fascinated by the drummers I saw playing at an early age.” Like a great deal of other artists, Jay got his start at church. “My whole family at home was, and still is, involved in church. My Dad was an organist and my sister sings. I am the only musician who ventured out to different styles of music.” But unlike some artists who have a stellar reputation and made a name for themselves, Jay never forgets where he came from and loves to give back. “When I’m home, I’m always playing in church. That’s my favorite musical situation. God gave me my talent and I do all I can to give it back to him.”
Jay is in high demand these days and has travelled a long road to get where he is now. Jay notes that getting to this point in his career was sort of the trickle down effect. “From a recommendation, I got to work with Will Downing. From that, I started working with Gerald Albright. The bass player with Gerald also plays with Lee Ritenour, so he recommended me for that! I subbed for a good friend of mine, Eric Valentine, with Jonathan Butler, which gave me the opportunity to work with Dave Koz! So that’s sort of how things happened. It’s all about who you know and being in the right place at the right time.” Jay has also played with George Duke, Bob James, and many others.
Like many who start their careers as side musicians and are happy to support the headliner, Jay is breaking into the headliner spot with a CD of his own. “My CD project consists of some feel good music that the normal listener can enjoy. The project is mostly instrumental with a gospel inspirational base. The project features Gerald Albright, Kevin Whalum, bassist Melvin Davis, and many other great musicians and friends. I actually did a little singing my self. I own my recording gear, so all of the drums and some of the other tracks were recorded in my studio.” Now you can buy this album at CDBaby.