Singer-songwriter Jay Denton has had anything but an orthodox path in the music industry. Originally from Dallas, TX, Denton still holds to his Texas roots though time has taken him from LA to India, Africa, Asia, South America, Nashville, the Middle East, and now back to Los Angeles, California.
Jay Started playing the guitar and writing songs before high school, but was still primarily immersed in sports, then through college at the University of Southern California he began focusing on it more and more. Though graduating with a degree in international relations and training with the US Marine Corps, long term Denton decided not to go the government route and went to work in India writing songs and building a network of justice organizations globally.
Upon returning to the US, Denton wrote and released an EP, My Feet Begin To Move, with friend and producer, Josh Cumbee, then went on the road touring the US alongside country artist Jessica Erin. Touring landed Denton in Nashville where he wrote songs with many different artists and released two more EPs of his own, Building Up, and Run With Me – all the while working as a street fighting and Krav Maga instructor on the side.
Through fight training, Denton met and began working with various country artists and ended up touring in 2013 and 2014 with The Band Perry, teaching them street fighting on the road and writing songs on the side in the tour bus.
Currently Jay is based in Los Angeles, but works out of both LA and Nashville, writing, recording, and producing. He is set to release his first full record, Locked, early this year.
Musical influences include Pierce Pettis, Tom Petty, The Goo Goo Dolls, Mat Kearney, Pat Green, Kip Moore, Phillip Phillips, Dave Mathews, Mumford & Sons, Lifehouse, Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons, U2, and a host of singer-songwriters who’s names aren’t recognized but whose music still inspires.