Tune taken from upcoming debut album, due 10/8.
By Blurt Staff
Singer/songwriter Jay Stolar, a New York transplant from the Garden State, will be releasing his first album, More Than We Think, on October 8. The former front man for the band Julius C, his live performances are celebrations of old school showmanship and heart, delivered with the impeccable craftsmanship of Nashville and the late-night cool of New York City. With a vocal style falling somewhere between Bruno Mars, Daryl Hall, and Smokey Robinson, critics are taking note, and fans respond as well: one need look no further than his current Kickstarter campaign for evidence of his appeal – within three days of its launch, he raised $25,000, 170% of his initial goal. In the end, he raised over $50,000.
So we’ve gotten the chance to unveil his track “Leading Me Down” on both audio stream and video. Check it out:
According to Stolar, “’Leading Me Down’ is one of my favorite songs on the record. For me, this song captures the moment right before you are finally ready to let go of someone you love. That conflicting place between feeling ready to move on and feeling trapped inside something that’s gone. With the production we worked hard to capture that tension in the sounds of the piano, Rhodes, reverbs, vocals and backup vocals. The history of the video is a special story. Last year, the day after hurricane Sandy hit, I drove into lower Manhattan from my apartment in Brooklyn.
What I saw was chilling. It was heartbreaking to see the city in such pain, but also inspirational to see everyone working together, in the dark, to get the city back on its feet. I immediately called two filmmaker friends and suggested that we capture this historical moment. The next day we shot the video for “Leading Me Down” while the power was still out in lower Manhattan. I am still amazed at the relief effort that was mobilized by people all over the Tri-State area and the entire country. I am proud to have been a part of it. That being said, there is still so much that can be done to help the recovery effort. I hope this video reminds us of the impact that natural disasters can have on our communities and the importance of helping one another, locally and globally, in these times of need.”
UPCOMING CMJ DATES:
Wednesday October 16th 9pm
Official Sesac Showcase
Sat October 19th 7pm
Official Rockwood Music Hall Showcase