SONGWRITER - RECORDING ARTIST - SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVIST
Jay Williams is currently the CEO and Director of Artist Development & Branding at JW2 Entertainment LLC. In addition, Jay is an alumni of New York's Baruch College, a legal analyst, and Board Member of the Williams-Robinson Music Academy.
"Look in any House-Music DJ's crate of classics and there you will find the name Jay Williams" — Billboard
Queens New York native Jay Williams is an international recording artist and award winning songwriter recognized by Spin, MTV, Rolling Stone and Billboard for his contributions in elevating the genre of House Music to pop radio rotation, mainstream notoriety, and world sales. Jay catapulted from New York’s underground club culture and the post-Paradise Garage era, then exploded to the top of the Billboard charts in 1990 with his signature anti-apartheid anthem and social-conscious smash “SWEAT” (until I’m soaking wet) on Big Beat/Atlantic Records. 13 Weeks on the charts, Jay’s song and self-penned lyrics became a worldwide sensation heard and echoed during the Nelson Mandela freedom celebration ceremonies and broadcast. With world tours, fiery stage performances and Jay's merged platform of dance music and social justice activism, international fans gave birth to the stage-name Jay “Sweat” Williams as he carved his powerful brand of JW Dance for Racial Equality movement throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and South Africa.
Collectively over a million records sold, Jay Williams discography is comprised of a sporadic handful of #1 chart-topping dance floor hits over the years that include the gospel-house classic “TESTIFY”, “Get On Up”, “It’s Over”, the soaring 4-octave vocal range rendition of Blue Magic’s “Look Me Up”, the self-written and produced smash “Could This Be Love” and more. Jay was once the youngest member of a short term vocal group trio named The Brotherhood of Soul with artists Colonel Abrams and Michael Watford. He can also be heard on numerous featured projects and collaborations with notable dance producers/remixers including Nelson Paradise Roman (Sweat producer), DJ Roger Sanchez, C&C Music Factory, Hex Hector, The Boiler House Boys, Urban Blues Project, Mousse T, E-Smoove, DJ Gomi, Junior Vasquez and many others covering a wide array of music genres. Jay Williams is also a session singer whose voice can be heard in national tv commercial jingles, has arranged and performed background vocals with in-studio credits that read alongside Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, Joss Stone, Steve Cropper (Guitarist legend/Booker T. & the M.G.'s), Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Ashford & Simpson, Kathy Sledge, the Baha-Men, Barbara Tucker, Ultra Nate’ and a long who’s who list of Major Pop and R&B heavies.