We are thrilled to introduce the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship recipient of 2015, Maddie Jay!
Maddie Jay was born and raised in the small mountain town of Smithers, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up around folk music, playing fiddle from a very young age, but was eventually pulled to the funk and jazz music that her dad played around the house. She picked up the electric bass at 16 and never looked back.
Maddie is now a bassist, composer and arranger, studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She composes and raps in her own band Maddie Jay & The pH Collective and plays with many diverse groups. She works to fuse many different elements into her music, including jazz, electronic music and hiphop and strives to create meaningful, versatile music with good people.
Berklee bass professor Danny “Mo” Morris says, “Maddie Jay joined me for a wonderful evening of music and family vibes on Monday November 16th at Berklee’s David Friend Recital Hall on the Boston campus. She is a groove player! Wes loved bassists who could lay down a pocket of tight infectious foot tappin’ body swaggin’ R&B Funk Hip Hop and that’s what Maddie Jay and her band delivered this evening during their set! She not only plays bass, she composes and arranges, writes lyrics and vocalizes in her unique spoken word singing style.”
Maddie Jay endorses F Bass handmade bass guitars and 3Leaf Audio pedals.