You could say that Anitra Jay was born into music. Growing up in New Orleans, she was surrounded by the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Gospel was also influential in her life and when she was a young girl she joined the church choir. "When everyone swayed from side to side, I began to move to my own tune and bumped into everyone around me, including my Mom," she says. Needless to say, she learned how to keep a rhythm.
In high school she had taught herself to play the piano, but it wasn't until after college when she found her true calling. A dark blue guitar caught her eye while in a music store one day, so she bought it on a whim and taught herself to play. She's been singing and writing songs ever since.
Inspired by a range of artists from Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, and Donnie Hathaway to India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Laura Izibor, her music is a sweet down-to-earth blend of soul and poetry with modern sensibilities. She effortlessly combines soul-catching melodies with tales of real life experiences that leave the listener inspired and in a deeper state of mind.
Anitra takes full advantage of the freedom of being an independent artist, writing every song from the soul and for the soul. Her self-discipline, sacrifice, and pure will to press on have paid off as she releases her debut album, Keep The Faith. Completely self-penned and self-produced, this record was designed to empower others. "It's a reminder that when life knocks you down your job is to get back up and start again because it's not just about you," she explains. "Other people are depending on you to carry out your purpose on this earth."
She plans to continue to write and perform and dreams of someday touring the world. Her hope is that everyone who hears her music will be inspired to actively live out their true purpose in life by getting closer to God, our creator.
Anitra Jay: Singer-Songwriter/Lead Singer
India.Arie, Laura Izibor, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 120 minutes
A client or audience member will experience groovy soul-catching tunes from Anitra Jay as she weaves in and out of poetry and song. Her rhythms force your body into participation as she captures your mind with her soulful voice and message. Her shows are lively and energetic and most often include some form of crowd interaction. She's very communicative with clients and punctual.
Standard performances include a PA system and a percussionist with the option to build in additional band pieces to fit the needs of the client.
Set list includes original tunes, covers from contemporary and old school classic R&B/Disco artists.
08-10-2013 — Back to School Festival (Hickory Grove Library) Charlotte, NC 11am
08-01-2013 — Zoes Coffee - Gastonia, NC 8pm
07-26-2013 — Crown Station Pub - Artists in the Round Charlotte, NC
07-13-2013 — Open Eye Cafe - Greensboro, NC 8pm
Past Booked Dates:
06-15-2013 — Lynchburg, VA - Curls Night Out Concert 6pm
06-10-2013 — Charlotte 24/7 Worship Series - Charlotte, NC
06-08-2013 — Concert & Yard Sale Charlotte, NC
06-01-2013 — Wedding - Charlotte, NC
05-30-2013 — Career Fair (Hickory Grove Library)
05-19-2013 — An Audience With - The Hangout Show LIVE ONLINE
05-18-2013 — The Inn Salisbury, NC
05-10-2013 — Mugs Coffee Artsits in the Round - Charlotte NC
05-03-2013 — Corporate Cocktail Party - Huntersville, NC
05-03-2013 — Huntersville, NC - Corporate Cocktail Party
04-20-2013 — Wake Forest Coffee Company - Wake Forest, NC 8pm
04-08-2013 — Charlotte 24/7 Prayer Room - 7pm
03-23-2013 — Artists in the Round Charlotte, NC
03-17-2013 — Worship Series @ Independence Place in Charlotte 7pm
03-08-2013 — Palmetto Coffee Shoppe & Tea Room Camden, SC
02-09-2013 — Evening Muse - We Are The 9 Singer/Songwriter Series
01-18-2013 — Abundant Life Christian Center Charlotte Power Conference 7pm
01-12-2013 — Soul & Wine DIlworth Coffee Concord, NC 7pm
12-15-2012 — Holiday House Concert, Huntersville, Nc
12-08-2012 — Huntersville, NC Curly Christmas Affair 7pm
11-15-2012 — Wilora Lake Lodge Senior Living 3pm
11-09-2012 — Curls Night Out 7 pm Huntersville, Nc
10-27-2012 — Natural Hair Education Day Healthy Home Market
10-06-2012 — Queen's Natural Hair & Health Expo Tunica, MS
10-05-2012 — Memphis, TN DeDan Ministries Couples Concert 8pm
10-04-2012 — Nashville, TN Naturally You Salon 8pm
09-27-2012 — Albermarle Middle School (Speaking Engagement)
09-21-2012 — Roux NODA CD Release/Tour Kick-Off 8pm
08-16-2012 — DIlworth Coffee Highland Creek 8pm
06-01-2012 — Charlotte Art League Gallery Crawl
05-17-2012 — Dilworth Coffee Highland Creek 7 pm
03-02-2012 — House Concert (Charlotte, NC) 7 pm
02-18-2012 — In-Store Show The Last Word, Charlotte, NC 7 pm
02-09-2012 — Margarita Acoustic Night
02-03-2012 — Gil Gallery South End Charlotte, NC 7 pm
01-25-2012 — Music at the Bakery, Amelie's French Bakery, 8 pm
12-09-2011 — Girls Night Out Teen Summit 7 pm Robeson County Health Dept. Lumberton, Nc
12-03-2011 — Rock Hill, SC (Private Party)
11-15-2011 — Amelie's French Bakery, Charlotte, NC: Music at the Bakery
11-04-2011 — Live Music @ the Gil Gallery Art Crawl
10-13-2011 — Listening Party @ Amelie's French Bakery
09-29-2011 — Acoustic Evening on the patio - Dilworth Coffee @ Highland Creek
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