Who is Jay MaQ? If you’ve been asking yourself the same question, I have the answer, he is my new obsession and your next addition to your TOP PLAYLIST Must-have!
Unlike his debut track, “No Love,” I’ve got love for Jay MaQ, an artist I will be listening to, and who I suspect is going to be hitting the TOP of the CHARTS for years to come. “No Love ” was written and produced by the MaQ, a contemporary dancehall track that warns listeners to stop pursuing people who don’t give you the love you deserve.
When asked if the song was closely related to a past relationship, he responded, “a person I thought I was dating turned out to be not that into me and never said anything, it was a wake-up call.” He learned a valuable lesson that we all have to learn, you can’t ask for love, without understanding “WHAT LOVE MEANS?”
Jay MaQ hopes listeners learn from his mistakes, but he also hopes that the song is a message that encourages people to be honest about their intentions.
In the music video, directed by Quenton Burdette and shot at Cine-Spaces in Los Angeles, Jay MaQ is arrested for his love crime and goes through the motions of the judicial system. Though meant to be playful, the video intentionally parallels the harsh reality faced by men of color who are unfairly imprisoned for non-violent offenses.
Jay MaQ grew up the son of a preacher man in Sanford, North Carolina. He recalls his childhood feeling like it was on a constant loop of church, school, church, school, church. He came out to his parents as gay two times, the first time at the age of 13 when he received no response, and again at 14. After hearing the news, his mother punched him in the chest.
The next day at church, she cried on the altar during prayer. Jay MaQ feared his mother would stop loving him or maybe even kick him out of the home but she didn’t. Today, she is one of the biggest supporters of his music.
Although his coming out story and experience are startling! They are raw and real, it’s a pure testament that our past experiences lead us to greater pastures!
A majority of the topics that Jay MaQ explores in his upcoming album have to do with love and the journey to finding it, which includes the longing for love, healing after being cheated on, and the conflict of falling in love with unavailable people.
His major musical influences are in the realm of R&B. They include Toni Braxton, Avant, Aaliyah, Joe, Monica, Tyrese, and Whitney Houston.
Jay MaQ strongly believes there is room for him as an out artist in R&B. “I’m creating music that’s about love, longing, lust, sex, and heartache,” he explains. “There is nothing exclusively gay about those subjects. Love is complicated and messy. So is the human condition.
“One of the things I’d like to encourage people to do is love who they want and make sure that happiness is the goal. The rest will fall into place.”
Jay MaQ’s “No Love” featuring Macc is being distributed through Distrokid and is available on Apple Music, Spotify, and all digital platforms.
Follow Jay MaQ on Instagram and Facebook @jaymaqmusiq.