What Norah Jones knew when she chose to work with Jay was that he worked on some amazing records. Especially Etta James’ first Grammy winner, Mystery Lady: The Songs Of Billie Holiday, which in Norah’s words, ‘influenced her greatly growing up’.
The Norah Jones debut release came out in February of 2002. Led by Jay’s co-production of the breakout radio single, “Don’t Know Why,” Come Away With Me led Jay to earn four Grammys for that album including Engineer of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Vocal of the Year. Norah’s follow up album, Feels Like Home, was recorded and mixed by Jay. Since then Jay has gone on to win 8 more Grammys earning him the most Grammys (non-Classical) by any producer/engineer/mixer since 2001: 12 total including 2017’s wins for John Scofield’s Country For Old Men as Best Jazz Instrumental album (e/m) and Gregory Porter’s Take Me To The Alley as Best Jazz Vocal Album.
But don’t believe for a second that Jay Newland’s career began here. Jay’s been privileged (his words) to have worked with such Jazz greats as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Etta James, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Randy Weston, and Abbey Lincoln; Blues stars Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charles Brown, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Lowell Fulson, Robert “Jr.” Lockwood and Taj Mahal and Gospel legends Mavis Staples and The Dixie Hummingbirds with Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder as well as Eric Clapton.
This year, 2019, Jay is producing the new Nick and Simon release for Warner Bros. Benelux, has mixed the final song by legendary artist Charles Bradley entitled “Lonely As You Are,” is producing Canadian-guitarist Terra Lightfoot’s 2020 release and producing and mixing French superstar Thomas Dutronc’s forthcoming album.
In 2018, Jay began production on a gospel/pop album featuring the London Community Gospel Choir at Metropolis Studios in London, mixed a live album by the late Charlie Haden and Brad Mehldau entitled Long Ago and Far Away, recorded and mixed the John Scofield album, Combo 66, and produced and mixed five additional songs for the expanded edition of the Brett Eldredge big band Christmas album Glow, entitled Glow (Deluxe).
In 2017, Jay co-produced Eddy Mitchell’s, La Même Tribu Vol. 1 (2017) and La Même Tribu Vol. 2 (2018), along with Jazz Loves Disney 2 – A Kind Of Magic for Universal Music France, as well as Avishai Cohen’s album, 1970, for Sony Music Entertainment France.
In 2016, Jay co-produced, recorded, and mixed the Christmas release by Country superstar, Brett Eldredge, entitled Glow. It debuted as the #2 overall release on the Country charts and has sold over 150,000 units to date!
*Mixed the final song, “Lonely As You Are,” ever recorded by the legendary Charles Bradley.
*Co-produced, recorded and mixed Brett Eldredge’s smash Christmas release Glow.
*Recorded and mixed the Grammy-winning Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley.
*Recorded and mixed Gregory Porter’s Grammy-winning Liquid Spirit with over 1m copies sold worldwide!
* Co-Produced (with Norah), recorded and mixed Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” single from her debut album, Come Away With Me, which sold over 27 million units worldwide and recorded and mixed her second album, and Feels Like Home, which sold 11 million units worldwide.
* Recorded and mixed Sophisticated Ladies by the Charlie Haden Quartet West feat. vocalists Renee Fleming, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Melody Gardot, Diana Krall and Ruth Cameron.
* Recorded and mixed French superstar Ayo’s million-plus selling single “Down On My Knees” as well as her debut album, Joyful,
* Recorded Esperanza Spaulding’s masterful debut, Chamber Music Society. That was the album which saw her receive both critical acclaim and a Grammy as Best New Artist.
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