Jay Soto is an American smooth jazz guitarist.
Soto is best known for his proficiency in guitar, however he is also an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
At age 5, Jay began studying drums followed by classical piano at age 7. It wasn't until age 12 that Jay found his favorite instrument, the guitar. Since then, Jay's interest in music has grown immensely.
In 2004, Jay won the local, district and regional rounds in Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon” competition. This lead him to the finals held at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar festival in Dallas, Texas where he finished as one of the top guitarists in the nation.
Also in 2004, Jay sang The Star-Spangled Banner for the United States President at the Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2005, Jay released his first album, Long Time Coming.
In 2007, Soto signed with the Smooth Jazz label, Nu Groove.
Soto's self-produced debut led to his meeting producers Jeff Lorber and Paul Brown, who helped produce Jay's second album, Stay Awhile.
Jay's 2007 single, Slammin', was listed in the top 5 on RadioAndRecords.com Smooth Jazz Chart
Jay had song placements in HBO's Sex and the City and is a favorite on The Weather Channel, and has been featured in publications such as JazzTimes and 20th Century Guitar Magazine.
He's also played or worked with industry greats, Michael Lington, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown, Marion Meadows, Euge Groove, Jeffrey Osborne, Craig Chaquico, Darren Rahn, Acoustic Alchemy, Peter White and many others.
Long Time Coming (2005)
Stay Awhile (2007)
Morning Glory (2013)
The Best of... (2013)
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