Jay Leighton is a singer-songwriter, musician, film-maker and script writer.
He began his music career in 2008 with a major label deal for his band Buffalo 77. The trio, fronted by Jay, released two singles and an album Memento in 2009.
The band split in 2010 but Jay soon found himself back in the studio writing and recording new songs. A 5 song solo EP Polaroids & Stills was released later that year and a sparse 10-song acoustic album As The Sun Comes Up followed in 2011. Buoyed with a new found enthusiasm for his music Jay picked up his guitar and toured solo. He spent months in tour buses, cars and on trains playing live in Europe and the UK throughout 2012/2013.
His latest album Hours, released in 2014, is a full-on band album. Produced at Modern World Studios in Gloucestershire by Manic Street Preachers producer Greg Haver (Catatonia, Super Furry Animals) it has driving guitars, lavish string arrangements (by Andy Walters) and emotive, soul-searching lyrics. The album contains the UK radio hit Wish I Was Springsteen.
Jay is still touring & writing. He is also working on an experimental, avant-garde musical side-project called Gemstones In The Wreckage (“soundtracks for unmade movies”) , is mid-way through a commissioned comedy script about a band on the road and is filming a mini-documentary about a cult UK musician/artist.