About Michael Jay

Music Industry Pro


FUN FACT: What do Eminem and Celine Dion have in common? They both recorded songs written by Michael Jay.

Michael Jay has over 30 years experience in the music business which includes a background in radio, promotion, marketing and A&R. He also has in-studio experience as a creative talent with hit credits as a songwriter, lyricist, record producer and musician. His songs have sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Michael Jay entered the music business as an A&R executive at Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records in Chicago. After moving to Los Angeles he was signed as a songwriter to Famous Music, the music division of Paramount Pictures, where he instantly landed a song on the multi-platinum “Top Gun” movie soundtrack.

In the 1980s Michael Jay discovered, developed and shopped a record deal for Martika from The Disney Channel’s “Kids Incorporated” TV show. He co-wrote and produced Martika’s entire million-selling debut album including the worldwide #1 hit “Toy Soldiers.” Years later, rap superstar Eminem recorded a new version of “Toy Soldiers” and it became a hit all over again.

In the 1990s Michael Jay wrote the song “Declaration Of Love” which Celine Dion recorded for her Grammy Award-winning Album Of The Year “Falling Into You”.

As a songwriter and/or producer, Michael Jay's credits include the following artists:

  • EMINEM
  • CELINE DION
  • MANDY MOORE
  • KYLIE MINOGUE
  • GLORIA ESTEFAN
  • DE LA SOUL
  • LARA FABIAN
  • NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
  • JON SECADA
  • MELISSA MANCHESTER
  • PETER ALLEN
  • JENNIFER PAIGE
  • ANIMOTION
  • STEPHANIE MILLS
  • E.G. DAILY
  • DEBORAH HARRY
  • FIVE STAR
  • PATRICE RUSHEN
  • WILLA FORD
  • BRENDA K. STARR
  • EXPOSE
  • KRISTINIA DeBARGE
  • EVELYN “CHAMPAGNE” KING
  • LALAH HATHAWAY
  • GIRLS GENERATION
  • and many others…

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