Rene Cortez, aka Jay, was born December 17th 1986 in El Paso, Tx. Growing up was hard for him due to his parents divorcing at the age of 4. Seeing the abuse going on between his parents, he lived in pain. As a teen, he had made choices that would lead him down the wrong path. Being held at the juvenile detention for nearly all of his teen years, he learned to put his pain and heartaches into poetry. While being detained, his mother submitted one of his poems to a Poetry Contest. He won. With that happening, his motivation for poetry had just started. At the age of 17, he met a group who introduced him to hip hop. At that time, Jay wasn’t ready to take that commitment to music. At the age of 18, Jay was giving the greatest gift (at that time). A baby girl named, Ava Patricia. Being a young father. Jay knew what he had to do. Work a full time job, go to school and of course. Being a Dad. In 2007, his daughter was taken by her mother without a goodbye and since then, there has been no contact. With so much hate, anger and pain, he returns to poetry. Able to purchase studio equipment (laptop and mic) he starts recording. In 2008, Jay finds love again. In 2009, once again Jay was given another baby girl, Amy Renee. Soon after her birth, they broke up. Again, a situation leaving nothing but hate and pain. In 2010, Jay turned his negativity in positive. Starting a non-profit organization “Light In the Dark” to help families in his home town, El Paso, Tx. Planning events to raise goods for the need. In 2011, Jay was now homeless. A whole year of thinking, praying and hoping that life, will soon get better. Not knowing, he put himself there. With help from loving family and limited friends. He gets back on his feet. In 2012, Jay had his last child and luckily for him, it was a boy. Tre (short for the third). With all the happy and sad memories, Jay never gave up on pursing what he now loves, music. Music being the autobiography recording of Jays life. Till this day, now on his 6th year. He continues to help and inspire people to be positive and continue in their dreams and goals. Like Jay always says,”Don’t follow your dreams, chase em. Because if you chase em, you’ll catch em. But if you follow, you’re always going to follow”. So now having a little bit of knowledge on Jays life. Take the time to hear his music. Jay’s motto is “Everyone deserves a chance to be heard.”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
JAY CORTEZ: I am from El Paso, Texas. A city on the borders of Mexico and New Mexico. You probably know for the military base Fort Bliss.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
JAY CORTEZ: My career started when I was 18. At that time, it was just a hobby. Along time, as I learned Acid Studio, I took my music more serious. I’m not going lie, I really couldn’t rap. Practicing and continuously playing my music over and over again and rehearsing it every chance I had, I improved. Since then, music has been my journal.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
JAY CORTEZ: The main reason why I like recording and sharing my music is the motivation from the fans who like my music. The fans who can relate to it. I remember the first time I sold a demo, it wasn’t even five minutes of the sale when I heard it being played by a passing car.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
JAY CORTEZ: The majority of my songs are about the struggle. Not only in my life but for those who still do. I try to let people know through my music that, you can’t give up, believe, and have faith.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
JAY CORTEZ: I’m going to have to say Emimen & T.I. The passion and the whole life story is similar to mine. When Eminem came out, I learned the whole style change and lyrical vocabulary. From T.I. I pretty much picked up the story telling and the way T.I. delivers.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
JAY CORTEZ: I’ll describe my music as inspirational. My goal, through my music, is to help change people for the good.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
JAY CORTEZ: My character. I’m a humble guy who cares for others rather then myself. My style and how I can pretty much switch.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
JAY CORTEZ: The hardest challenge during my career was not having a place to live. I stayed in my car for about a year in 2011. No money. No job. Just a pen and a pad. My studio was in the pawn shop so I had nothing. I started working towards the end of the year and was able to get my studio out. See, my laptop is my baby. So once a week, I would check into a hotel and record. Made that a routine till I got my own place. Once again, I was able to make music again and connect with others.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
JAY CORTEZ: One of my biggest projects I’m focused on is my tour around Texas. I plan to drive from El Paso to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Five cities in five days. The second project is my mixtape coming out in May. “The Book of Jay”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals?Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JAY CORTEZ: Career goals for me are basic. Being a father of three has me determined about their organization to help others. Last, to enjoy the good life. What I mean by the good life is to not worry about rent. Or worry about my car getting repoed. I see myself in 10 yrs as a more mature experienced musician. I never stop learning.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
JAY CORTEZ: Fans get access to my music either by Reverbnation.com, Soundcloud.com,
Facebook.com, Myspace.com or Youtube.com.
They are all linked to my Facebook so if they want to add me I’m there.
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