Will Jay – Gentleman:
It’s all happened so fast that the music industry hasn’t really had a chance to weigh in yet. But the people have already spoken, and they’ve been unanimous about it: Will Jay is a star. Since his late 2014 departure from the pop group IM5 — the same outfit that gave the world American Idol finalist Dalton Rappatoni — the inexhaustible Will Jay has brought his music directly to his growing audience in every way he can. He’s been a fixture on YouNow, where he broadcasts to thousands of passionate fans twice a week. His YouTube clips — including one where he condensed the entirety of Adele’s 25 into a brilliant three-minute musical summary — have earned him attention for his cleverness as well as his formidable vocal skills. Last year, the handsome young Asian-American singer took his act across the Pacific to an enormous televised stage: The Voice Of China, where he tore through Bruno Mars’s “Just The Way You Are,” won an entirely new audience for his music and has amassed over half a BILLION video views and counting!
Given the widespread popularity he’s already attained, it was inevitable that Will Jay would make a first-rate, high-energy, irresistible music video that showcased his charm, his talent, and his strong pop songwriting too. Here it is: “Gentleman,” an anthem for every nice guy who refuses to finish last. Like the other songs on his Gentleman EP, this is an immediate winner — an intelligent pop number with endearing lyrics, an instantly memorable chorus, and a vocal performance by Will Jay that recalls Mars, John Mayer, Adam Levine, and the ’70s pop-soul singers he adores. To his credit, unlike other singers, he doesn’t try to be tougher than he is; he’s got class, and he’s not running from it. His come-ons are heartfelt, but they’re gallant, too.