Mountain Made Music
Jay Brown Presents
The Best of Our Songwriter/Performers
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show affirms that Jay Brown is “the most authentic songster to come out of the Carolina High Country since a man named Doc Watson”.
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. He performs with Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano. The busy musician can be found gigging in clubs and pubs around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but has performed and studied in locales around the world, including New Orleans, California, India, Ghana, and Peru.
Rosser illustrates his talent as an instrumentalist and composer in the world fusion trio Free Planet Radio. He plays the Indian dotar, sarod, Turkish cumbus oud, melodica, piano and guitar on their two CD releases New Bedouin Dance (2004) and The Unraveling (2008). He also tours internationally as the keyboardist with master Turkish musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and plays piano, guitar and oud in Grammy-winning flute virtuoso Rhonda Larson’s ensemble, Ventus. In 2014, he toured with Ventus for 35 shows in the top concert halls of the People’s Republic of China. In 2015, he began touring as the guitarist for renowned singer Lizz Wright's band.
Rosser has won songwriting contests at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the Merle Watson Festival, has showcased twice at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival. As a recipient of the 1999 WNC Regional Artists grant, he continued his studies of Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world famous Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan in San Rafael, CA. In 2003, he was awarded a prestigious songwriter/composer fellowship from the NC Arts Council. Chamber Music America awarded him and Free Planet Radio a grant in 2014 to compose and perform a three movement piece for the trio plus string quartet. Rosser earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami School of Music where he studied jazz piano and studio recording.
In addition to performing, Rosser has produced and engineered over 200 CD projects for other artists in his Hollow Reed Arts recording studio in Asheville, NC. He has composed music for national commercial spots, and TV shows on Animal Planet, TLC, Oprah Winfrey Network, PBS and more. His song “Make A Wish” was featured in the TLC show “Jon & Kate + 8” during an episode with 12 million viewers. He composed the score for the pilot and eight episodes of the TLC TV show “United Bates of America.” He produced and engineered the album “Unity” for Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band which debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart.