Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Entertainer - New Orleans native, Anitra Jay grew up surrounded by the sounds of jazz, blues, and R&B. Gospel was also influential in her life and as a young girl she joined the church choir. “When everyone swayed from side to side, I made my own beat and bumped into everyone around me, including my Mom,” she says. Needless to say, she learned how to keep a rhythm.
Now a self-taught singer/songwriter, Anitra Jay draws inspiration from a range of artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Adele, and Esperanza Spalding. Her musical style is a dangerous edge between the unforgettable hooks of pop and the calm sounds of jazz. As a Charlotte Best Singer-Songwriter Nominee, her lyrics whisk you on a journey through hope, faith, love, and imagination. Her poetry-infused sets are up-beat improvisational, interactive, and contemporary and geared for today's younger audience.
The event was a success. She was amazing. Would love to work with her again. - Wilma Jackson, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Doane College – Crete, NE
Anitra was very enjoyable as the students both her singing and her poetry. The students seemed to enjoy her performance and stayed to speak with her after the show. She arrived on time and was a doll to work with, very sweet. Thanks for being so flexible and understand about the check. Luanne Burns, Coordinator of Student Activities, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, NC