Jay Douglas first took to the stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica many years ago as a teenager. With over 45 years of showmanship, he has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American blues, West Indian rhythms, jazz standards, fancy footwork, and plenty of stage charisma. Back in the early ‘60s, Jay fronted tough R&B band “The Cougars,” who, with their skill and verve, lit up Toronto’s Young street bars in the 70’s with Soul, Funk & Reggae. Jay has since shared his gift at various venues all the way from Hong Kong to the Mediterranean.
On top of numerous television appearances (It's Happening, Music At Midnight, Breakfast Television) and acting roles (Heaven Before I Die, starring Omar Sharif), Douglas has earned prime-time support slots for a veritable “Who's Who” of musical legends including Fats Domino, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge, Melba Moore, bluesman Roscoe Gordon, soul stylists The Manhattans, The Drifters, Reggae icons Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, The Fab 5 band, actor/comedian Jim Carrey, and others, too many to mention.
A Toronto based performer, area, the city of Toronto invited Jay to perform at several events during the recent 2015 Pan Am games. His noted awards are: winner of NOW Magazine’s "Best R&B Act" (2006) in Toronto. The Annual Canadian Reggae Awards also knighted Jay, “Male Reggae Vocalist for 2007,” and in 2012, he was given the prestigious Harry Jerome Award for “Best Male Entertainer.” Bolstered by the overwhelming media support for “The Jamaica to Toronto” concert launch in July, 2006, at Harbourfront Centre, Douglas acted as catalyst and band leader for this compilation of musicians from the 60s, which has also been successfully performed in Montreal and Vancouver. Jay who also performed at the Havana Jazz Festival a few years ago, is also a two-time Juno nominee.
The multi-talented craftsman has since found time to release his well received CD “A Touch Of Magic,” which carries contributions from Jamaican music institutions Sly and Robbie. This CD was followed by “Whirl Stimulation,” then his 2011 release, “Lovers’ Paradise,” featuring the hit song, “Hallelujah.”