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, which 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: 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 12x Grammy-winning producer/mixer 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.
In 2016, Jay co-produced, recorded, and mixed the Christmas release by Country superstar, Brett Eldredge, entitled Glow (2016). It debuted as the #2 overall release on the Country charts and has sold over 100,000 units to date!
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.
John Kelman of All About Jazz magazine recently noted Jay in his review of Scofield’s Country for Old Men:
“Since his career took particular flight after his mid-’80s tenure with Miles Davis, Scofield has always had great engineers handling the recording, mixing and mastering of his albums. Since moving to Impulse! with Past Present, however, the sound of his recordings has taken a particular leap forward, with Jay Newland beautifully capturing the sound of the group for both recordings at Stamford, Connecticut’s The Carriage House Studios, where he recorded and mixed the albums, and Mark Wilder behind the board at New York’s Battery Studios, where Past Present and Country for Old Men were mastered. From the precision of Stewart’s cymbals and the deep in-the-gut resonance of Swallow’s bass to the rich sound of Goldings’ instruments and, of course, the purity of Scofield’s thick, alternatively sweet and tangy but always gritty and grease-filled tone, Sco’s two Impulse! CDs sound better than ever (and that’s an accomplishment), especially on a system that can deliver the goods. The music is always what matters most, of course; but when it’s possible to marry stellar playing with superb sound, the result is something as glorious for the ears as it is the head, the heart and the soul…all of which Country for Old Men possesses, in spades.”
*Recorded and mixed the 2016 Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley.
*Twelve (12) Grammy awards for producing and mixing including Gregory Porter’s Liquid Spirit with over 1mm copies sold worldwide!
* Mixed Australian artist Missy Higgins’ 10x platinum release, The Sound Of White and her most recent album, OZ!,
* 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, 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. This was the album which gained her both critical acclaim and a Grammy for the Best New Artist.