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Jay Douglas

R&B, Soul, Reggae/Calypso, Motown

Jay Douglas first took to the stage as a teenager, and usually sang duet with Errol, a soul mate of his in the city of Montego Bay, Jamaica. He got his first real break on the Vere Johns island wide talent show (which was alive land well long before Canadian Idol was ever thought of) . He and his partner came in second to a much younger kid who won the hearts of the judges by singing the Lord's prayer.

For the years to follow, the then sprightly dynamo learned the tools of the trade by performing on the same stage with the likes of Jamaican heavyweights Desmond Decker, Alton (Ellis) and Eddy, Jimmy James, Higgs and Wilson, Millie Small, Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Morgan. A musical lesson he carries with him to this day, how to keep an audience entertained and happy. He does this with a wide-ranging repertoire of R&B, Soul, Top 40, Motown sounds, hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and contemporary big band classics, blues and Caribbean favorites. Immigrating to Canada in 1963, it wasn't long before Douglas was asked to front tough Toronto R&B combo, The Cougars. And together back in the 1960s & 70s, this hot group set Yonge Street on-fire with their energy, skill and verve.

A dynamic singer with a captivating stage presence, Jay has performed his wide ranging repertoire of music for audiences around the world, including parts of Europe & Asia. He has been a featured performer at numerous night clubs and resorts, and major chains such as the Sheraton, Hilton, Ramada, and Holiday Inn, and more specifically, the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and The Matsuri in Japan. He has also performed at the Roy Thompson Hall and has been a headliner at the Canadian National Exhibition. In addition, Jay's name is synonymous with great entertainment as a featured vocalist on Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise ships.

Of late, his recordings have been released worldwide and include numerous hits singles in Canada. His CDs... "You Are My Lady," "Jay Douglas and the AllStars Live in Toronto," and "Retro Blue" have graced many a home locally and abroad. Jay has appeared on network television in Canada and the U.S. drawing rave reviews on the shows, "It's Happening","Music at Midnight", "Breakfast TV", and "Canada AM". He also acted in several motion pictures, including a role in "Heaven Before I Die", starring Omar Sharif. NOW magazine dubbed him Toronto's "Best R&B Singer In 2006,."

His recent CD release, "A Touch of Magic," which include performances from international reggae stars, SLY & ROBBIE, remains a hit with Canadian and U.S. listeners. Jay was also instrumental in the creation of, and performed in the recent CD "From Jamaica to Toronto" under the Light In The Attic Label.

A talented songwriter, having penned tunes for many artists over the years, Jay has shared the stage with a Who's Who of major stars, including R&B legends, Fats Dominoe, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge, Freda Payne, Dorothy Moore, Cissy Houston, bluesman Roscoe Gordon, soul stylists, The Manhattans, Peaches & Herb, reggae legends Freddie McGregor, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie, reggae jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin, The Blues Busters, calypso king "The Mighty Sparrow", Arthur Conley, Edwin Starr, Millie Jackson, Ollie and the Nightingales, Larry Marshal, The Drifters, Pee-Wee Ellis (James Brown's musical director). Not to mention good friends with comedian Don Harron(alias Charlie Farquarson) and world renown actor Jim Carrey.

Photograph of Jay Douglas

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