What Norah Jones knew when she chose to work with Jay was that he worked on some amazing records, led by Etta James’, Mystery Lady: The Songs Of Billie Holiday, which in Norah’s words, “influenced her greatly growing up”.
The Norah Jones debut release, Come Away With Me, came out in February of 2002 led by Jay’s production and mix of her breakout smash, “Don’t Know Why.” from the album. Come Away With Me earned Jay four Grammys including Engineer of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Pop Vocal of the Year. After that landmark release, he recorded and mixed Norah’s follow up album, Feels Like Home. Since then Jay has won 8 more Grammys (12 to date) including jazz guitar legend John Scofield’s Country For Old Men as Best Jazz Instrumental album 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, 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 as well as Gospel legends Mavis Staples and The Dixie Hummingbirds with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton.
Recently, Jay co-produced and mixed country music superstar, Brett Eldredge’s big band Christmas album, Mr. Christmas, along with his two previous Christmas releases Glow and Glow Deluxe. Additionally, he produced and mixed Nick and Simon’s 2x platinum release, NSG, an homage to Simon and Garfunkel and French superstar Thomas Dutronc’s 4x platinum album, Frenchy.
*Co-produced, recorded and mixed Brett Eldredge’s smash Christmas release Glow, Glow Deluxe and the 2021 Mr. Christmas.
*Mixed Charles Bradley’s final song before his passing, “Lonely As You Are.”
*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.