Lead vocals and organ
Jay was born in Knoxville, December 28 1944, and raised there. He has been married to Beverley Wyatt Henderson for 33 years. They have five children and 2 grandchildren. He graduated from Rule High School in 1963. Jay attended the University of Tennessee where he studied music. Jays work career includes being a Fashion Coordinator for Richís Department Store, department manager at Neiman-Marcus, in Atlanta, Ga., instructor at DeKalb Community college in Clarkston GA, Regional representative of RedKen laboratories Catooga Park CA., owner of a wallcovering business In Knoxville, TN. and coordinator of Relationship Services for Knox Area Rescue Ministries in Knoxville. Even though he is at retirement age, he is still working due to extreme poverty from raising 5 kids and putting 4 of them through college. He is currently employed at Terminix International in Memphis, TN in the contact center.
Music has always been an important part of Jayís life. His first singing gig was when he was 5 years old and appeared onstage at a community park in Knoxville during a summerís end celebration. The music bug took hold and he sang at every opportunity, whether it was at school or singing in church. He likes to joke that his first full time job was singing in a rock band when he was barely 17. During the time that he was singing with the True Tones, he also performed with the Knoxville Choral Society as second male lead in their production of Brigadoon, was tenor soloist for the Menís Glee Club at the University of Tennessee, and did radio commercials and jingles. After moving to Atlanta in 1969, he continued singing in various outlets including Richís Department Store chorus, the four Richmen, a barbershop quarter representing Richís Department Store, and an unnamed trio at various churches and civic events. A few years ago he was involved in a prison ministry, which ministered in various state prisons around East Tennessee and Florida.