Passion, determination, hard work, and focus are words that can fit the description of the award-winning Pop and R&B/Soul singer Jay’e R. Born Greg Pridgen, Jr. on December 10, 1985 in Bronx, New York, Jay’e R. began singing at age 6 in his hometown of Ivanhoe, NC where he was raised. Growing up, he sang in talent shows and in chorus. Jay’e was musically influenced by a plethora of artists. One in particular, Whitney Houston. Vocally, Jay’e R. has been compared to male artists like Phillip Bailey, Eddie Kendricks, Tevin Campbell, and Maxwell for his strong falsetto and tenor voice. In 2009, Jay’e R. began as a songwriter.
Upon relocation to Charlotte, N.C., where he currently resides, he began his journey into music. Jay’e R. started out on YouTube, singing cover songs under his legal name. He debuted as Jay’e R. in March 2013 with the release of his first R&B/Soul recording. After the release of several songs on independent music stream channels throughout 2013, Jay’e R. began writing songs for what would become his debut album. Jay’e R. signed with Independent record label Tate Music Group in July 2014 and began working on the debut album. After nearly two years, finding the right producers and writing the material, Jay’e R.’s album, Like I Love You released in the U.S. on June 7, 2016 and June 17, 2016 worldwide.
The album debuted at #1 on iTunes New Release Top 100 Albums and iTunes New Release Top 100 Pop charts. Upon the album’s release, it had five songs to hit at #1 consecutively on the Independent Pop charts: I Never Thought, I’ve Found Love, Like I Love You, Touch U, and One Wish. He has also won several music awards. For his biggest hit, I Never Thought, he has won a total of three awards: 2017 XMA Music Award for Best Pop Song, 2017 Poze Award for Pop Song of the Year and 2017 Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Song. Like I Love You, the album, won two music awards: 2017 XMA Music Award for Best Pop Album and 2017 Poze Award for Pop Album of the Year.
His most successful International hit, One Wish won Jay’e R. the February 2018 XMA Music Award for Best Pop Song and that summer won the Poze Award for Pop Song of the Year. On March 23, 2018, Jay’e R. released the single, Crazy for You to kick off and create buzz around his sophomore album, Jay’e R., which is due out in 2019. The single debuted at #1 on the NC Independent Pop charts and peaked at #2 on the U.S. charts. Crazy for You spent a whopping 16 weeks at #1 on the NC Pop charts, surpassing his record-breaking hit, I Never Thought. The single also recently won the 2018 Akademia Music Award for Best Pop Song. Summer 2018, Jay’e R. won two awards in the R&B/Soul category for his unreleased single, Love You Right, also spawning from his upcoming sophomore album.
The song won the July 2018 XMA Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song and the 2018 Poze Music Award for R&B/Soul Song of the Year. In November 2018, Jay’e R. released his Jazz rendition of the holiday classic, Silent Night. The song debuted at #1 on the NC Jazz charts and remained at #1 for six weeks. In five years, Jay’e R. has had a total of 13 #1 singles on both the R&B and Pop Independent charts and made record breaking history becoming Charlotte’s and North Carolina’s #1 Pop Artist for nearly three years. Jay’e R. is not only a singer and songwriter, but he is also a model, designer of his own clothing line and host of his online radio show, Underground Soundz. Being a man of many hats, he does prove that dreams can become a reality with faith in God and in yourself.