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A&R Factory Present: Jay Pray

Connecticut based musician and producer Jay Pray aka Justin P. Romanos has announced the release of his self-titled debut record, out March 3 on Justin’s own independent label, Think Thought Records. Colorful, lush synths and textures are complemented by tasteful guitar riffs and a driving, groove­-centric rhythm section. Justin’s production is accentuated by Electric Lady Studios’ Brandon Bost (Lady Gaga, The Kills, Lucius), and the two shine brightly in soaring, powerful orchestrations and crescendos that inspire and excite. Earlier this year, he shared the grooving “I’d Go Anywhere (Do Anything)” and chilled out “Smile” . Monday, Medium shared the latest single, a glitched-out synth dream called “Surrender” which is a perfect mix of indie-electro, perfect for a movie soundtrack we say!

Justin Romanos learned how to make music growing up in rural Connecticut, both by playing and by recording in his own makeshift home studio. During college at Drexel University’s Music Industry Program, he found a home with like­minded peers, and gained the nickname, “J Pré.” He honed his craft by continuously writing, and spent much of his time in the close ­knit Philadelphia basement community, where he fronted the indie rock band SHMNS. After graduating college in 2014, he moved back to Woodbury, CT to regroup, refocus, and reinvent himself as a musician. He spent the last two years writing and recording songs for this album as well as many, many others that may never see the light of day. Stay tuned for news about live dates!

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