Phoenix Guitarist Signs with nuGroove and Releases Stay Awhile
Moorestown, NJ - April 20, 2007 - Phoenix guitarist Jay Soto has signed with the nuGroove record label and will release his 2nd CD on May 29, 2007. Inactive since 1998, David Chackler brought NuGroove back into full force in 2007 after a nine year hiatus. (NuGroove was the orginal home of such artists as Michael Lington and Down to the Bone.) Jay Soto is the first for the reactivated nuGroove with many new artists to come.
A grand finalist in the nation's most respected guitar competition, Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon," Jay Soto proved his talent immediately by winning the local, district and regional rounds and then made his way to the finals held at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar festival in Dallas to an audience of 15,000 people. In the end, Jay finished as one of the top unsigned guitarists in the nation. A skilled vocalist as well, Soto had the honor of singing the Star Spangled Banner" for a presidential rally in 2004 at Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
An album filled with memorable melodies and impeccable technique, his successful debut release, Long Time Coming, received outstanding reviews from critics across the nation and opened many doors for the young and rising star.
This self-produced debut caught the attention of producer greats Jeff Lorber and Paul Brown. Lorber and Brown would go on to produce his sophomore release, Stay Awhile. Other producers on the album include Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Jonathan Butler) and Mario Mendivil (Nelson Rangell). With the likes of Jeffrey Osborne and Michael Lington on his release, Soto is in star-studded company and sure to catch the attention of Smooth Jazz fans everywhere.
...his chops are extraordinary..." - WAAR radio
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