Throughout Ladyee Jaye’s musical journey, her love of music ultimately led her to start writing and producing her own. It was the icing on the cake for this songstress. From the Alpha of her prolific lyrics down to the Omega of her titillating instrumental beats and orchestrations, her catchy hooks and colorful harmonies will transport you into the real life stories of the human experience. This versatile songstress is one part singer and two-part storyteller, sprinkled with theatrical vision and imagery that will leave you wanting to travel everywhere!

 

“Here her now and remember her forever!” Singer/Songwriter Jeanette Blakeney, AKA Laydee Jaye, American born singer, turned composer, producer and published poet, hails from sunny California where her musical journey began.

 

Music was in Laydee Jaye’s blood. She comes from a long line of gifted singers and self-taught musicians. Her dad was a popular Blues singer, gifted drummer and guitar player. Her grandfather was a gifted sousaphone player who toured with jazz legend, Louis Armstrong.

 

When Laydee Jaye was born, the first voice to captivate and capture her heart was her mother’s voice. It was full of passion and compassion, soaring beauty, rich in timbre very authentic and unapologetic. She loved to sing. Singing gave her great comfort and joy, the same essence that Laydee Jaye would soon come to love and posses as well. The sweet-sounding musical seed was planted.
 

Born and raised in the church, Laydee Jaye was able to find her gift of song and share it with others. Her voice was big, lush and very mature for her age. It was only a matter of time before she was called upon and requested to be the featured soloist. She loved her gift. She new exactly where it came from and never forgot it.

 

From preschool and throughout high school, Laydee Jaye participated and was a featured soloist in her schools choir. Outside of school she dabbled in other genres of music as well, Christian contemporary, Gospel, Soul, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop and Pop. She embraced them all!
 

When Laydee Jaye was a senior in high school she was introduced to Opera. After hearing her voice, her choir teacher, Wendy Ross, took an interest in her vocal abilities and saw that she had great potential of becoming an Opera singer. After some convincing she began taking her first of many voice lessons. At the end of the year she learned and memorized her first Arts song in a foreign language, “Still wie die Nacht.” She presented that song in her first competition at Fresno State University where she won First place in the classical solo vocal category. The adjudicator attached a very complimentary quote to her perfect scores: “Sounds like Maryann Anderson” the late, great African American Acclaimed Opera Singer. After an experience like that Laydee Jaye took the hint. She was now on her way to embark on an exciting career as a professional Opera Singer.

 

Laydee Jaye nurtured her talent at California State University, Chico. There she majored in music, specializing in vocal performance on an Opera Bravo Scholarship while spending her summers at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in CO. as a Fellowship recipient. With her Opera training leading the way and it being the root of her vocal foundation, Laydee Jaye was on the right path!

 

After college Laydee Jaye came to the attention of the Operatic world when she made history by becoming the first African American Principal-Artist in residence for 3 consecutive years with Opera San Jose, to grow to critical acclaim! As she graced the stage and graciously took her place, her life began to take shape. When Laydee Jaye’s contract was up with Opera San Jose, she packed up her things and moved to the Big Apple with $2000 in her pocket and a dream!
 

While in New York City, Laydee Jaye has joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious rosters of Opera Houses, amphitheaters and concert halls, both nationally and internationally. So far, music has accompanied her to over 33 different countries. Career highlights include: Debuts on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, touring with living Jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis, The Royal Albert Hall in London, Tel Aviv in Israel, Teatro di San Carlo in Italy, Opera House Brisbane in Australia, Opera House Geneva in Switzerland, The Peoples Republic in China, and Beijing Opera Theater in Tokyo Japan. Laydee Jaye’s most coveted honor was receiving home town recognition when she was inducted into the Hanford CA, Hall of Fame. And she’s not done yet!