Jay Newland has made a name for himself by working with Jazz greats like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Etta James, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, and Abbey Lincoln; Blues stars such as Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charles Brown, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, Lowell Fulson, Robert “Jr.” Lockwood, and Taj Mahal, and Gospel legends like Mavis Staples and The Dixie Hummingbirds with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. Among these projects was Etta James‘, Mystery Lady: The Songs Of Billie Holiday.
Jay’s production and mix of Norah Jones’ debut album Come Away With Me sold upwards of 27 million copies, and earned Jay four Grammys including Engineer of the Year, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Pop Vocal of the Year. Since then Jay has won 8 more Grammys (12 to date), including Best Jazz Instrumental Album for guitar legend John Scofield‘s Country For Old Men and Best Jazz Vocal Album for Gregory Porter‘s Take Me To The Alley.
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.