Jay LaBoy has been nominated for two Abilene Awards for Best Guitarist in Philadelphia
and was chosen as Artist of the Month by PhillyBlues.com. Jay has shared the stage
and studio with players like Jeff Pitchell, Jimi Bell, the legendary Jimmy Dawkins,
Jefre Washington, Buddy Cash, Burt Teague, Marc Iezzi and many more
amazing artists.

In his 27 year career, Jay has toured the world and performed for thousands of music
fans. His CD releases have received rave reviews from each and every music lover
that has heard Jay's songs and his fiery guitar playing.

Jay is available for solo acoustic performances, studio work, touring, and/or
positions as a songwriter, lead or rhythm guitarist, lead or background vocals
and anything else musical.

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Jay LaBoy

1975: born with no other choice but to play music.


1989: began playing guitar (self taught) in Connecticut, taking tips from players like Jimi Bell, Jeff Pitchell and Burt Teague.
1989-1995: joined the band, Twist of Fate (singer/guitarist), playing classic rock covers.
Sept.-Oct. 1995: toured for the United States Defense Department Tours through South Korea and Japan as singer/guitarist with Twist of Fate.
June-Dec. 1996: sold guitars and studied under Connecticut guitar legend, Jimi Bell, at The Music Exchange in Newington, Connecticut.
1997: played a three month tour through the United States (Pittsburgh through western Colorado) with variety band, Sister Sez.
1998: relocated to Pennsylvania from Connecticut and joined the five piece traditional blues band, Wall of Blues.

May 1998-Sept. 2007: started the blues/rock/funk band, "Hurricane" Jay LaBoy & In Step as frontman/guitarist and group manager.

In Step

May 1998: backed up Chicago blues legend, Jimmy Dawkins, at a show honoring Mr. Dawkins held at the Adams Mark Hotel in Philadelphia.

May 1999: released first CD (all original material) entitled, "Step Aside", with In Step. Jimmy Dawkins appeared on two tracks.

Step Aside

June - Aug. 1999: Nominated twice for Best Guitarist in Philadelphia at the Annual Abilene Blues Club Awards.

July 2000: played the Lehigh Valley Blues Festival with Sean Costello and Big Joe & The Dynaflows.

Lehigh Valley Blues Festival 2000

Sept. 2000: chosen as PhillyBlues.com’s Artist of the Month.

Dec. 2001: released second CD (original and covers) entitled, "Pure Soul", with In Step.

Pure Soul

June 2003: played WIP 610 AM’s Annual Beef & BBQ at Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia with In Step.

Aug. 2003: played with In Step for the Phillies organization at Veteran Stadium Podium and became the last podium band at the Vet before it was torn down.

Vet Stadium

Sept.2004: joined The Buicks.
March 2005: signed to Teletone Records as a member of The Buicks.

June 2006: recorded first ever solo acoustic CD, "Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment".

July 2006: released "The Buicks featuring "Hurricane" Jay LaBoy" on Teletone Records.

Buicks featuring Jay LaBoy

July 2006: left The Buicks to promote a solo acoustic release.
August 2006: signed to Teletone Records as a solo artist.

September 2006: left Teletone Records to independently release solo acoustic CD, "Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment" and began playing solo and duo acoustic shows.

Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment

October 2006: formed acoustic act Acoustically Speaking with Marc Iezzi.
November 2006: reunited with Marc Iezzi and Tom Donovan as The Shakedancer Band to play shows backing up harmonica player and vocalist, Russ Lambert.

December 2006: reformed "Hurricane" Jay LaBoy & In Step with Marc Iezzi and Willie Williams.

In Step

December 2006: (along with Marc Iezzi) produced and released the live "Hurricane" Jay LaBoy & In Step DVD, containing rare live performances from the band.

March 2007: joined the chart topping band Hit The Ground Runnin' featuring Paul Piccari and Adam Ferraioli from the highly successful Led Zeppelin tribute band, Get The Led Out, and Kayla Higgenbotham (Billy Paul and many, many other highly acclaimed projects).

Hit The Ground Runnin'

May 2007: re-released "Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment" re-mastered special edition.

Songs From A One Bedroom Apartment

May 2007: formed the acoustic duo The Willie Williams Duo with In Step bassist, Willie Williams.
September 2007: left all projects to concentrate on rehearsals with Hit The Ground Runnin' and play solo acoustic shows under the name Acoustically Speaking.

April 2008: performed with Hit The Ground Runnin' during a worldwide webcast. (Broadcast at SyncLive.com.)


April 2008: signed on as the first artist handled by Kerry Rows' Artist Management.

August 2008: relocated to Connecticut, playing acoustic shows as Acoustically Speaking and playing with various Connecticut area bands.
November 2008: Acoustically Speaking began playing shows as an artist for Top Notch Talent, located in Plainville, Connecticut.
January 2009: featured in Wethersfield Life Magazine in his hometown of Wethersfield, Connecticut.
August 2009: began an eight month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Carnival Miracle as a solo acoustic musician.
July 2010: began a one month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Carnival Dream as a solo acoustic musician.

October 2010: released 2nd solo acoustic CD, "Why Isn't This Working?".

Why Isn't This Working

October 2010: traveled to Asia for a few months to play shows in Russia and Ukraine to support the release of the 2nd Acoustically Speaking CD.
November 2010: played a show at the Ukranian House of Culture in Izmail, Ukraine benefiting AIDS awareness, anti-drugs and anti-alcohol. The band consisted of local
guitar professor, Yuri Panfilov, and three young musicians that Jay and Yuri taught
and rehearsed with specifically for the performance. (Musicians: Denis, Kostya and
November 2010: featured in two news articles in the Ukranian newspaper Izmail City. Both articles were written by Maestro Sergei Denisov. (see 1st article - see 2nd article)
December 2010: held a Master Class for music teachers and students at the Izmail School of Art & Music. The class involved a Q&A session, a solo performance, band performance with Kostya, Vlad, Denis and Yuri and a jam session with highly regarded jazz musicians from the area including Maestro Sergei Denisov.

December 2010: featured on the Ukranian television program "Melomania" in a half
hour special focused on Jay's musical styles and performances in the Ukraine. The
show consisted of an interview, photos from various shows in America and abroad
and video clips from rehearsals, jam sessions and performances in Izmail, Ukraine.


January 2011: returned to the United States and signed on as an acoustic artist with Cubed Squared in Kensington, CT.
April 2011: began a one month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Carnival Legend as a solo acoustic musician.
May 2011: transferred to the Carnival Fascination to perform for six months as a solo acoustic musician.
March 2012: began a six month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Carnival Freedom as a solo acoustic musician.
March 2012: relocated to North Georgia.
December 2012-2013: featured artist every Tuesday on www.UndergroundColumbus.com in Ohio during "Afternoons with Deuce".
January 2013: began a two and a half month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Carnival Magic as a solo acoustic musician.
June 2013: featured on Atlanta's 105.7 FM during their local artists show.

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