Ray & Mahaila with grandma. Captivated by the vivid storytelling of Withers, and the bluesy soul of Bland with dad. These influences reconfigured, can be heard on the upcoming Happier Now. “My style is a mixture of genres”. Jay says. “But blues is the base”. ReviewYou.coms Nick Deriso cosigned when he likened Xperiencesʻ music to blues, hip-hop, and gospel. Surmising, ʻNihilistic Tendencies in the end is all of that and more.ʻ Tendencies Jaysʻ debut is a dismal study of ones struggle against the darkness. There were however shimmers of light, E-town, an ode to Evanston and simpler times. He was aided immensely by Jerome ʻSpoonʻ Crawford and Gideon ʻGuitarʻ Watson. Jaysʻ lost childhood friends, his mentor Spoon, and most recently grandma. Therefore Happierʼs theme: Death, albeit the brighter side. The sound: Hope. The last two years Jay has been showcasing this “hope” around town. Along with the experienced versatility of Watson, Garrett Lee(drums), Samuel James(bass), Antoine Franklin (keyboards), Tony Butler(sax), Renee Peters(trumpet), and of course his New Street Choir. Ladiesand gentlemen it’s time to Xperience neo-blues at it’s best.