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Jay Graydon


One thing we know about West Coast Music is that its following is much, much bigger than the name implies. It’s more like Global-Coast Music, due to the fact that diehard fans are found at every corner of the globe. At the heart of it all you find a man who continues to stoke the fires of a sound that is a sophisticated mixture of R&B, Rock, Pop and Jazz – Grammy-winning Jay Graydon. His name is found in the credits of tracks and albums that have gone gold, platinum and even multi-platinum. With long-time collaborations with friends like David Foster, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and Steely Dan, Graydon has positioned himself as one of the most creative songwriters, producers, and session guitarists on the LA scene, while continuing to pave his own road with Nashville resident and writing partner, Randy Goodrum. They’re the brains behind JaR, a collaboration of two of the best musical heads in the industry who have released ‘Scene 29’, an album that any West Coast Music fan most certainly has in their audio collection. From Airplay For The Planet to Earth, Wind & Fire’s After The Love Has Gone, Graydon has delivered just what West Coast fans have asked for over the years. Inside MusiCast welcomes Jay Graydon.

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Reader Comments (11)

Just loved the interview guys, one of my favourite's so far. Love Jay's personality and enthusiasm. And some great stories told.
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan
Great job, Eddy and Rick! Great interview! And I hope you can him and Luke together for an interview.
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall
Great job, Eddy and Rick! Great interview! And I hope you can him and Luke together for an interview.
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall
OK guys...just got a note from David Hungate...and he asked me to ask Jay about the time that he put dog crap in Jeff Porcaro's drum....

How about this one? Or about the time that Jeff peed in his stick bag...

We'll try to get to the bottom of these storyies soon. Jay says they're true! HA HA
March 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy Cabello
You guys finally got Graydon-kudos to you-all you have to do now is nail Foster down for one,and you guys can retire!lol--seriously,good interview--Jay's honesty concerning integrity of vision was refreshing--most guys'll candy-coat that kinda stuff.
March 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony Onstad
You're right Tony...Jay's honest enough to say that when he's leading a project, HE'S LEADING A PROJECT. And that's the way it should be...creative direction should be in the hands of the person who is ultimately hired for the project sound/direction. Can you imagine how many label A&R guys/ managers have interfered with great music? I don't want to think about it. Good point. Now all we need is Foster....maybe Jay can help us with this, man.

thx e
March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
I just finished listening to the Jay Graydon episode. It was quite entertaining. I love Jay's stories. Not to mention, his sense of humor. Another great interview. I just can't give enough thanks to you guys, Eddy and Rick, and all in involved in producing Inside Musicast.
March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Black
Ohh. I forgot to mention; "Jake the Rake" (aka Jay Graydon) also made an appearence in a song called "Big Time" on a Michael Omartian album w/ wife Stormie called The Builder (1980). On the track "Jake" appears as an overzealous guitar playing rocker trying to break on to the CCM scene. He phones a reluctant record producer named "Dave" (aka Michael Omartian) in the wee hours of the morning. ...I thought I'd throw in that bit of info, for you guys to check out if you weren't already aware of it. Thanks again. I'll be looking forward to thje next episode.
March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Black
Don, you're digging deep, man! I still love The Builder album! Have that album...and you're right...Jay did do the VO w Michael. Loved that era of Omar's music. Seasons of the Soul was a nice piece of writing too...lyrics come from Stormie...what a team. On The Builder, great players...Findley & Hutchcroft on horns...Abe, Acuna, and Leim...even Phil Keaggy showed! I love Keaggy! I'd love to interview him...hmmm.
March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentereddy
Ohh Yeah! Phil Keaggy, among all those other Aces that worked with Omartian on those classic albums would be great to hear in an interview with you and Rick.
April 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon Black

Phil has been such an inspiration to many, many musicians and music lovers - he is actually partly responsible for this album coming to be, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=812517011376.

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

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