My name is Jay. I am an independent
singer-songwriter. That means I am independent of a record
label (other than my own). Therefore, I write my own songs,
sell my own records, book my own shows, drive my own tour
bus ('04 Pontiac Vibe, 33 mpg), and lose my own money (it's
really my wife's money). It also means that I write my own
bio for my website. Hence, why this bio is not full of flamboyant
jargon that I wrote about myself in the third person as though
some high-level record executive wrote it. To read one of
those, scroll to the bottom!
To see what others have
written about my music, please click "Press".
Otherwise, here's a little bit about myself (i.e., a bio):
I am vertically challenged (about 5'4"), but I am alright
with it. It's not like I woke up this morning and discovered
that I am short.
I am overeducated (B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries
Science - University of Tennessee, PhD in Wildlife Ecology
- Oklahoma State University) and do not answer to anyone
that calls me Dr. Clark. Dr. Jay would have been more suitable
for me but some basketball player for the 76ers claimed
that name back in the late 1970s.
I wrote my first song when I was 17. I taught myself to
play guitar, so I could sing the song at church.
I am happily married to a beautiful woman named Stacy.
Unlike myself, she is neither vertically challenged (5'11")
nor overeducated (PhD in Forestry). Despite my music business
being quite lucrative (I was laughing as I typed that),
she is the breadwinner of the family; thus, I am a kept
man and have become quite content with it. If any of you
guys out there have the chance to try it, I highly recommend
Music to me is about a connection. From a personal perspective,
the connection is between an emotion and myself. From an
artist's and performer's perspective, this connection is
a combination of that same emotion, myself, and a listener.
This connection is why I write, record, and play music...
without this connection, it's just a song.
I've released 4 CDs - Jay Clark: Live at Hippie Jack's
(2010), I'm Confused (2008), Progress (2006),
and Pen to Paper (2004). Also, a DVD -Jay Clark:
Live at Hippie Jack's (2010)
I was born in Bowling Green, KY (April 16, 1974), raised
in Winchester, TN, and consider Knoxville and the surrounding
mountains my adopted hometown.
Stacy and I moved back to the "promised land"
(i.e., East Tennessee) in October 2009 and reside in Rockford,
TN. We live in a small house on 31.5 acres with our 3 dogs,
Betsy (see pic above), Indy, and Newp. Our cat Divix (in
honor of WDVX) and our friend's dog, Annaly, are buried
on our hillside that faces the East.
I love dogs and would like
to stomp the hell out of anyone that would just drop a dog
off to be a stray! Newp, our newest addition to the family,
was an abandoned dog that I met at a gas station in Newport,
TN, (hence the name Newp) while on the last leg of a short
tour with Jimmy Davis. This store was our fourth stop in
search of a 12-pack of PBR. Newp and I are both glad that
I like to drink beer... it is amazing how luck and beer
can sometimes bring us all together!
My Dad is a Cumberland Presbyterian minister and has been
at the same church in Winchester, TN, for over 30 years;
thus, he must be pretty damn good at it.
My Mom is an English teacher at Franklin County High School.
She was my English teacher in 7th and 8th grade. She hates
it when I cuss ... especially in combination with bad grammar.
She is a great lady!
I believe we MUST take care of our habitat (i.e., environment).
Whether we like it or not, we are all participants and cannot
afford to just be a spectator. That said, we must make some
changes in our lifestyle to be sustainable. Be a participant!
When I can get a grant, my other job is a part-time wildlife
researcher for the University of Tennessee. However, funding
has been rather hard to come by since about 2000 (see the
next bullet for clues to a partial explanation of this difficulty).
I was sooooooo happy to see that chopper fly away
from the White House on January 20, 2009... the End of an
Politically, I am an independent but vote Democratic 99.3%
of the time.
I believe in capitalism; however, as with alcohol, it is
best enjoyed over the long term (e.g., a daily basis) in
moderation. Thus, some regulation of the free-market system
is required and healthy. This does not make me a socialist
or friend of big government, but rather an open-minded American
that does not see the idea of a "free market system"
through black and white lenses. Middle ground is generally
I am a Christian.
I'd still like to stomp
the hell out of anyone that would just drop a dog off to
be a stray!
I like beer.
I believe in capitalism. Thus, why I have not shopped at
Wal-Mart since 2002.
I love to be lost in the mountains whether it be Maine or
I like to float rivers, hunt, hike, backpack, and
sit around fires with friends.
Life is good.