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Local high school senior releases first professionally produced single

Jay Alan, a high school senior, has been working with Los Angeles music producers and local songwriters to produce and perform his first professionally produced single, "Cold."

Posted: Jan 23, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2019 7:51 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local high school senior releases first professionally produced single, "Cold."

Jay Alan is a senior at Harrison High School and has been involved with music from a young age. Alan started his music career by covering his favorite songs and posting the videos on YouTube. Since starting his channel, Alan has had 64,000 subscribers follow his channel, creating a fanbase. 

Alan worked closely with his vocal coach, Nicky Kerr, to find his voice and footing as a professional musician. She referred him to a producer in Los Angeles, a friend of Kerr's from her time at Berklee School of Music, and Alan began to work on producing his first single. 

Alan's single competed against other original songs for the Shirley Martin Scholarship for Young Songwriters with the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI). Co-President, Scott Greeson, saw Jay's talent and began to work with him on his songwriting. 

Scott spoke about his first impressions of Alan.

"After meeting him, it became very clear to me that he was somebody that had an appreciation for the fact that songwriting is actually a craft."

Kerr spoke further on Alan's maturity as an artist. 

"A good quality for a young artist to take from Jay is to really pay attention to how he really creatively takes the initiative in his work."

Alan has been accepted to Berklee College of Music and plans to continue working on his craft. Alan spoke about how important music is to him and how it will always be an essential part of who he is. 

"I think if you ask any songwriter or performer, once you start music, it's almost like air, and once you start breathing that air, you really can't stop. So for me, writing songs is the way I kind of just breath."

The fully produced and polished version of "Cold," will be premiered as a part of a short set performed by Alan at Carnahan Hall Saturday, January, 26th. Doors for the event open at 7:00 P.M. and the concert will begin at 7:30 P.M. Tickets bought beforehand cost $8, and tickets at the door cost $10. Ticket and venue information can be found here.

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