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17 October 2012 - Matthew is Artist of the Day on the Louder Than War music website. Journalist Sarah Lay has written a sensitive and positive feature on Matthew. Read it here.
12 October 2012- A nice article has been published on the release of 'Holy Details' by Alex Cull on Planet Notion.
07 October 2012 - A review of 'Holy Details' has been published in Vanity Magazine.
03 October 2012 - There's now aTwitter account promoting Matthew's music. Once again managed by Matthew's friend Ali Smith, and with the approval of Matthew's family. Follow @MatthewJayMusic
19 September 2012 - There is now a new Facebook page to keep up to date with all Matthew Jay news. Set up and managed by Matthew's friend Ali Smith, and with the blessing and endorsement of Matthew's family.
October 2011 - The single 'Dear Jane' is released today. Available
from iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify,
08 October 2008 - Only two more days to go! Don't forget that all profits from this event go to Matthew's favourite charities, so the more tickets sold, the greater the donation. Tell all your friends, post bulletins on your Myspace and Facebook profiles! This is going to be a great night and everyone should be there! :-)
07 September 2008 - It's been a long time coming, but everything
good is worth the wait, and now Jays Music is delighted to announce an
evening of music celebrating the life and work of Matthew Jay. Nine fabulous
acts (many of whom were personal friends of Matthew) will perform their
favourite Matthew Jay tracks, as well as their own work. (JML press release
available from the venue's box office: Tel 0844-477 2000
JAY FURTHER THAN TOMORROW TRIBUTE,
On Friday 10th October 2008
at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London . . . 9 amazing acts will come
together to remember one amazing artist . . . . . . . that artist is Matthew
Jay, whom we lost tragically just over 5 years ago at the age of 24, in
what are still, unexplained circumstances . . . .
BACKGROUND ON THE EVENT:
The concert was an idea conceived
by singer/songwriter Ben Dlugokecki and his friend and manager, Mark Smith.
"The first time I met Matthew properly was in my studio. I had been given tapes of everything he had recorded in the run up to his untimely death some years before. One afternoon, in amongst the hundreds of vocal takes and various song sketches, I heard the sound of Matthew coughing, followed by annoyed swearing and then some sneezing; he must have been frustrated at not being able to sing through a thick cold: it was as though he was standing in the vocal booth next door.
About eight months later, having done my best to arrange the songs in the manner suggested by what had been left behind, I stood poised with the rest of the band, guitar in hand ready to record as the count-in came over the headphones. Fortunately, Matthew had recorded his voice really well, so we were able to build the album around it. What followed was one of the most enjoyable recording sessions I have ever been involved in: Matthew had a great voice and wrote great songs, it was a pleasure and privilege for me and the band to help bring his music back to life.
In the course of doing the album, I met and got to know Eddy, Matthew's brother, a fine musician who also played on the album with us. Since we recorded it, Eddy and I have been doing a few gigs as 'The New Shoes' mostly just for fun. I also lost two brothers some years ago, so I suppose we had something in common straight away. I think it's been really good to have something new grow out of this experience. The thing is, it's been a real laugh all the way; there was nothing reverential about what we did and I would hate people to listen to it in a reverential way: as far as I'm concerned Matthew Jay was worth more much than that."
16 June 2008 - This is the news we've all been waiting for.
May 2008 - The
Time' single is released today.
10 October 2007 - Here is a press release from Matthew's family.
Today is the anniversary
of Matthew's 29th birthday. His family is very pleased to announce on
this special day that Matthew's new album, which he had been working on
in 2003, has been completed. The album has been now produced, mixed and
mastered by a very talented team of a producer and his musicians, a recording
engineer, and Matthew's older brother, Eddy Jay.
We are also pleased at being
given permission by EMI Recordings to release Matthew's videos 'Call My
Name Out', 'Let Your Shoulder Fall' and 'Please Don't Send Me Away.' (See
Today we will raise a glass to Matthew and toast his memory, listen to the new album tracks and give thanks for all he gave us and the legacy of his music. We thank everyone who continues to keep Matthew's music alive in their own way.
Matthew's forthcoming album is being listened to by MDs in the music business, and the team involved are looking at the best way to release his album. When we have a clear idea of the release date, you will be one of the first to know!
10 October 2007
MATTHEW JAY FUND for UNICEF 'BORN FREE CAMPAIGN'
UNICEF Donations Through Downloads!
Many people have kindly donated to Unicef in Matthew's memory - there is a link on the Matthew Jay Information Site www.crookedsmile.com, and I would like to thank everyone for their generosity.
We had been given Matthew's three videos by EMI - 'Please Don't Send Me Away', 'Let your Shoulder Fall and 'Call My Name Out' to release on www.matthewjay.com
After logging on to the Unicef website and reading about their work to free babies from HIV, I decided that the profits from the sale of all the video downloads would go to the UNICEF 'Born Free From HIV for 68p' campaign. I felt Matthew was right behind me with this.
Helping to eliminate HIV in babies means that we are working towards new generations being free from HIV. It will bring a future to countless babies in underdeveloped countries and take the misery from so many connected lives.
Two Matthew Jay Video Downloads will enable three babies to receive the anti-retroviral medication and care to prevent them from developing HIV.
Download a video £1.99
and support 'Born Free From HIV',
October 2006 - I'm sure you'll all be delighted to hear that sales
of 'Too Soon' have done
really well, so much so that hard copies of this lovely album of early
material and rarities have now completely sold out.
Go to: http://www.matthewjay.com to view all the Matthew Jay tracks currently available, and look out for new additions in the future.
10 October 2006 - This would have been Matthew's 28th birthday.
But far from being a time for sadness, let it be a day to remember Matthew, and to celebrate his life and his music.
Perhaps you could mark the day by playing one of his songs to a friend of yours who hasn't discovered him yet. Or you could just put your own personal favourite Matthew Jay track on your stereo, think of Matthew for a few moments, and simply enjoy the legacy of beautiful work he left behind.
It would make him happy.
You can also preview the track on Matthew's Myspace profile
01 September 2006 - I am delighted to announce that a long-awaited, and highly-anticipated Matthew Jay new release is now forthcoming from Jays Music Ltd.
On the 24th of September 2006
a previously unheard Matthew Jay song will be released.
Here is the press release from Jays Music, giving further details:
Would Love Do Now?'
At the time of his untimely passing at the age of only 24, Matthew Jay had finished recording, in demo form, enough material for a new album, and to date this has remained unheard by the public. For the time being, to mark the third anniversary of his passing, Matthew's family is releasing just one track: his last.
'What would love do now?'
This song was completely unknown to anyone until February 2004, when it was found on Matthew's home recording computer. A group of family and friends had gathered to listen to Matthew's legacy of songs. It had been an emotional day, listening to his work, when suddenly they heard, for the first time, Matthew's guitar opening this song. Everyone was simply stunned.
The Jay family would like to thank Matthew's brother, Eddy Jay, for mastering this recording.
'What Would Love Do Now?' will be available for download from: -
and a sample can also be heard on
from Sunday 24th September 2006.
September 2005 - Today
marks the second anniversary of Matthew's passing.
Hilary and I, Matthew's
parents, have been informed by the police on 1st June 2005,
At present, the police say that they have no realistic avenue of investigation to pursue, but should any new or significant evidence come to light, then they will re-open the case.
It is understandably very important to Matthew's family, and all who loved, him that we find answers to the questions we have regarding the final hours of his life, and to this end we would like to appeal to anyone who can help us with further information.
One person the family would
very much like to get in touch with is an acquaintance of Matthew's called
Mahmoud Rahman. On the night that Matthew fell, the young woman who was
with Matthew at the time, said that Mahmoud called in to see them.
We would be most grateful if either Mahmoud himself could contact us, or failing this, we are hoping that someone else might know of his whereabouts, and can put us in touch.
If anyone can help us with this, or can provide us with any other information which might be able to help us throw light on the events of that night, please contact us on the e-mail address below. No detail will be considered too small. In the quest to find answers, and perhaps some small measure of peace, anything and everything is relevant
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
14 March 2005 - Airplay News
'...too soon' has been receiving airplay from a wide variety of radio stations all over the world. Many of you have very kindly helped in this endeavour by sending in your recommendations and the contact details for stations in your area that you feel would be likely to give the album a few spins. This has helped enormously, because it's always better to send the promo copies to people who are more likely to respond positively to it, and has therefore resulted in gaining a lot of very welcome exposure for the album. We'd therefore like to thank everyone who has so far written in to Crooked Smile, and would like to ask all of you to continue sending us your recommendations for potential sources of airplay. Please write to the usual address (see CONTACT), remembering to put 'Matthew Jay' in the subject line to avoid your messages being zapped by our anti-spam software.
22 December 2004 - Here's a Christmas message from Matthew's parents:
"First of all, I would like to thank Matthew's friends and fans for their amazing support since his passing. You have given us so much. The response to his passing through the tributes on the Crookedsmile on the Memorium pages has touched our hearts, and continues to do so.
Secondly, we are grateful to everyone who has supported the new album MATTHEW JAY ' too soon' with all their efforts. Paul Smith, a good friend of Matthew's played a large part in getting ' too soon' off the ground and completed. Rachael, Tony Global, Martyn, Rick, Roger, Jon, Ali, Flora, Karen, Steve, Gemma and Simon have also helped and supported in many different ways. And, the fans who have spent hours letting people know about the album through internet sites - thank you all very much. And of course a big 'thank you' to everyone who has bought the ' too soon' album. You have helped us become nearer to our goal of being able to release Matthew's new material. A special mention to Rachael who is now our Promotions Manager and working hard to promote '..too soon,' and the radio DJs and reviewers who continue to support Matthew's work.
It gives me much joy to be sending the ' too soon' album all over the world and knowing that Matthew's music continues to be listened to and loved. As well as sending albums to fans in the UK and Southern Ireland we have depatched ' too soon' to US, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore!
We look forward to 2005 as the year when we all feel that we have been able to move forward, the pain will continue to heal and the joy of all the Matthew has left behind will increase. We also look forward to the release of Matthew's new material and we are working towards September 2005 as the release date.
We wish you all a joyful Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.
Love and light
Hilary and Tony Jay
10 October 2004 - Happy
On this day, as indeed all
others, I think it a fitting tribute to Matthew that we continue to love
and cherish his music, and celebrate the short time he was with us. I
truly believe that, as time passes, Matthew's reputation will continue
to grow, as friends tell friends about this, as yet, small, but very bright
light. We mustn't be sad for Matthew either. As California-based MJ fan
Josep Lluis Blas put it in the most recent submission to the In Memorium
pages:'I know he's still creating beautiful music in Heaven.' (Read
his full message here).
The 10th of October
2004 is the anniversary of Matthew's 26th birthday.
When Matthew was
nineteen, we started to celebrate his birthdays with family meals. He
had entered the music business by then, and often went to expensive restaurants
with record company executives. However, he enjoyed coming home to a roast
dinner, opening a bottle of red wine for his birthday celebration, and
blowing out the candles on his home-made birthday cake.
I used to buy Matthew
mainly books. From a young age he loved to read. The Dandy, Beano, Richard
Scarry books, and 'The Gallery' were early favourites, followed by books
A coupe of weeks after Matthew's passing, I was given a card from a friend. It had some helpful words -
'You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and feel all that he's left.
You can remember him and only that he's gone,
Or you can cherish his memory and let him live on.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of the love you shared.'
At the time, I knew
in theory what she was telling me was right, but I could not feel it.
Not a day goes by
without the anguish of wanting to turn back time and change past events,
Birthdays have always
been a special time in our family - a time to celebrate the birth of a
He was a truly wonderful son and brother, who enriched all our lives.
The candle we light will send all our love to Matthew.
25 September 2004 -
It's the first anniversary of Matthew's passing today. I can't believe
it's been a year already, though in some ways, it seems like it was just
yesterday. I'm aware
that's it's a difficult day for anyone who was close to Matthew. My thoughts
are with you all.
You see, these days as well
as running Crooked Smile, I also manage web sites for two other music
artists, a few local businesses, and a childhood cancer facility. I do
this using the skills I learned whilst creating this web site for Matthew.
Drawing on what I'd learned
on this site, I was able to create sites for other musicians, and
On a personal level, Matthew
has taught me by example that we shouldn't give up our dreams,
From the first time I heard
it, 'Become Yourself' became a special song for me, and its lyrics
Listening to the song again
after Matthew died, I realised that it's vital that we don't keep
Matthew did this. The only
voice he listened to was the voice inside him, that told him he
'It's not so easy living
with your soul laid bare
14 September 2004 -
Matthew Jay fan, and writer for online magazine The
Cheers, Gemma Coleman, has written a touching article about Matthew
in order to mark the first anniversary of his passing, and to help spread
the word of his music to a wider audience.
06 September 2004 - Previously undiscovered articles on Matthew are still turning up on Google sweeps. Sometimes they've been around for a while, but just haven't been picked up by the search engines. Anyway, here's one I found today. It's a glowing review of 'Draw' in the Malaysia Star. Once again, it brings home just how far-reaching Matthew's fan base is.
If you DO still experience hiccups though, please send an e-mail to: email@example.com and we'll get things sorted out.
19 August 2004 - Thanks for your enthusiasm, everyone who has e-mailed Crooked Smile asking for copies of the album. It's great that so many of you want to buy '...too soon.'
However, please note that the CD is only available from www.matthewjay.com and the launch date for both the album and the fully working version of mj.com remains 23rd August. If you have tried to purchase it through www.matthewjay.com in the last few days, the transaction won't have gone through, as the purchasing software wont be active until the album's launch date of Monday 23rd August.
Hold on everybody! It's almost here!
16 August 2004 - We now have a release date for '...too soon.' The album should be available from the 23rd of August, and will cost £9.99, plus postage and packing, from the
www.matthewjay.com web site, which will be launched on the same date.
(For press release, click HERE).
05 August 2004
"This week marks another exiting development regarding the online world of Matthew Jay.
With the imminent release of the memorial album, it has been decided to have 'twin' complimentary websites for Matthew Jay. Copies of the new album release
Mathew Jay '....too soon', will soon be available through matthewjay.com, created by one of Matthew's friends at Seismik Design, so please keep your eyes out for that.
A few months ago now Rachael
told us that, judging from correspondence she had received at Crooked
Smile, there was a shortage of Matthew's songs that had been released
on singles and EPs. She asked if we could obtain more for the fans? We
made enquiries at EMI, but were told no further copies existed. We are
grateful to EMI, who own the rights to these songs, for allowing us to
make a wonderful memorial album of these songs entitled Matthew Jay '....too
soon'. At the present time, the numbers of the album we can release is
strictly limited by EMI, so if you would like to be certain of getting
your copy please be advised to order early (via matthewjay.com).
The album will serve both as an introduction to Matthew's music for new fans, and provide copies of early and rare recordings for those fans already bitten by the Jay 'bug'.
Due to popular demand, it has been decided that this album of rarities should precede the release of new material, as many of the early songs are still missing from the collections of fans around the world, especially in countries outside the UK. Therefore, Matthew's family have gathered together a specially selected collection of the songs that are harder to find, such as tracks from the EPs, and single flipsides. Together, these tracks form a great album.
Mattthew Jay '....too soon'. will have a limited release with retail entirely online. Proceeds from the sales of '...too soon' will hopefully fund production of a third album, featuring the exquisite recordings made shortly prior to Matthew's passing. So spread the word: the more albums that are sold, the sooner we all get to hear those wonderful songs!
The track listing for the album is as follows:
01 May 2004 - Apologies
to you if you're trying without success to use the Crooked Smile message
board. Hosts ezboard have made some recent upgrades to their service...
11 April 2004 - Eagle-eyed
MJ fan Claire spotted this in a recent edition of NME, where the magazine
listed their awards for the year end of 2003.
I will continue to keep you up to date with news of releases and events, and I look forward to hearing from you, if you'd like to get in touch.
Kind wishes, Rachael - Webmaster
29 December 2003 -
Across the world, the media
still carries the news of Matthew's passing.
29 December 2003
1. By phoning the UNICEF helpdesk on 0870 606 3377. As the charity has a number of appeals running, it is important that donors state that their gift should be directed to The Matthew Jay Memorial Fund.
2. By sending a cheque to UNICEF, FREEPOST LON20815, Chelmsford, CR2 8BR, again stating that the gift should be made to The Matthew Jay Memorial Fund.
3. On-line, by clicking HERE
or on the link below:
In all 3 cases a thank you letter will be generated.
UNICEF works in the key areas of education, healthcare and protection, helping to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. The gifts made to Matthew's Fund will help ensure that his memory lives on through the lives of other young people around the world, and that they will be given the gift of a brighter future.
There is an additional option
which fans may wish to take up, and this is to have a tree planted in
Matthew's memory, either via Future Forests or The Woodland Trust. We
are currently exploring the possibility of creating a wood in Matthew's
memory with The Woodland Trust in Matthew's home town. Watch this space
23 October 2003 -
The following is an open letter
from Matthew's parents,
23 October 2003 - I have just been notified of this newly-created tribute to Matthew, written by Australian Sheila Pham, posted on the Vibewire web site. It is, in my opinion, a thoughtfully written and moving piece, which honours Matthew well.
10 October 2003 - Today
should have been Matthew's 25th birthday.
Picture courtesy of Ami Barwell
had given no indication that he was anything other than happy,
a statement to the press, Matthew's father said of his son:
Smile would like to express it's sincere condolences to Matthew's family
and friends, and to would like to invite messages of sympathy from anyone
e-mail your messages to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and I will place them online in the new In Memorium
area of the 'Perceptions' section of the
music was a rare point of brilliance and clarity in what can all too often
Matthew apart from the vast majority of his peers was that he wrote
Matthew will never be forgotten because in his brief life, he created things of real beauty and truth and they, like his spirit, are immortal.
in peace Matthew,
and thank you for all that you
09 October 2003 - There's an article on Matthew's passing in the current edition of NME (out Wednesday 9th October).
Auralgasms web site,
who helped promote Matthew by making him one of their featured artists,
have said that fans are welcome to visit Matthew's pages within the site,
and submit comments there, as an additional forum. If you'd like to see
Matthew's profile and submit a message, go to http://www.auralgasms.com/
and type Matthew's name in the search field.
May 2003 - Parlophone
remove Matthew's official site
April 2003 - Matthew
and EMI part company.
Similarly, I'd like to extend
good wishes to Martyn Watson and Ric Peet with their future projects,
and especially to thank Martyn for all his help and input, not only with
this site, but on the message board forums of the official site, where
he patiently answered the questions from fans from all over the world.
23 April 2003 - As some of you will already know, Matthew and his label EMI have recently parted company. As stated below, the music industry is an unpredictable beast. At the time of writing it's not really appropriate for me to comment on what happened, but when I have news from a reliable source I will post details here.
February 2003 - OK,
so there's nothing new CS can tell you at the moment, but we thought we'd
take a moment to just say 'Keep the Faith.'
I'm hardly suggesting that Matthew will suffer the same fate! Judging
by his interviews, he seems to be a very self-assured individual. My point
is simply an airing of my own personal philosophy: 'Don't wait 'till the
people you care about are gone (one way or another) to give them flowers.'
In other words, it's important to tell folk what they mean to you...today.
I tend to apply this rule primarily to my friends and family, but I do
feel that it is relevant even with individuals you don't know personally,
but who bring you happiness in one form or another.
October 2002 - Happy birthday Matthew!
September 2002 - Well
you can all stop being jealous of students at Lincoln University. Crooked
Smile has just learned that Matthew didn't play at their Freshers Ball
after all. Unfortunately he had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.
Fingers crossed that everything will be OK next time round.
I know that many of us fans are understandably getting a bit 'antsy' about
how long it's been since we saw Matthew live, or heard any new material,
but these things take time. It's like that beer advert on TV at the moment:
you can't have it until it's ready! If something's going to be the best,
it takes time to perfect it. It's fine for the kind of conveyor-belt pop
acts who dominate the chart to churn out singles at the same rate as fast
food chain fodder. However, that kind of 'music,' like junk food, is throwaway
stuff which, at the end of the day, is so bland no-one will remember it
two months down the road. No wonder it only takes five minutes for them
to produce it! (Oops! Bit of a rant slipped in there)!
6 September 2002 - Good news for Matthew Jay fans, but only if they happen to be students at Lincoln University (UK). Why? Because Matthew & co. are playing the Freshers Ball on Saturday 21 September as part of the Freshers Week celebrations. Sadly, due to licencing restrictions, you can only attend if you're a student at the university, or a guest of a student. If you meet those criteria, you can obtain further information by calling the Students Union on 01522 886142. Tickets are not available exclusively for Matthew's appearance: you have to buy a ticket for the whole event which is spread across the weekend (Friday and Saturday night). Tickets cost £38 and are available from the Students Union.
August 2002 - This just in from Martyn Watson.
Weekend of 6/7 July 2002 - Matthew was spotted 'formation dancing' (or maybe that was line dancing? <g>) in the audience at one of the Oasis Finsbury Park gigs in London. Accompanying Matthew was his friend and manager Martyn Watson, who also manages Proud Mary, one the event's support bands.
May 2002 - Here's
a bit of a special update for you...a personal message from Matthew, which
he posted yesterday on the official site's message board, and is reproduced
here by kind permission. Thanks Matthew!
May 2002 - Matthew
and the gang played a private gig at
a college near London on the weekend of 18/19 May, at which they premiered
a cover version of 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' by legendary New York band
Ramones. Keep an eye out, it might make the flipside of an upcoming single!
May 2002 - Happy birthday to
loyal Matthew Jay fan 'Squarah' (Sarah B).
8 May 2002 - As visitors to Parlophone's Matthew Jay site will know, the latest good news is that Matthew is busy writing and demoing new material. The working titles of the latest songs in progress are:
'Closing The Factory
May 2002 - Please note that, contrary
to promotional media, unfortunately Matthew will NOT be appearing at the
Essential festival in Bristol on the weekend of 4, 5 and 6 of May.
1 March 2002 - Many happy returns to Martyn Watson, Matthew's Manager, Producer and friend. How appropriate is it that his birthday is St. David's Day? (Patron saint of Wales). Martyn's age is a well-kept secret, but if someone were to buy him a half pint of beer for every year he's been with us, he'd be admitted to A& E with alcohol poisoning. ;-) Sorry Martyn.
9 Jan 2002 - The WRITS (Welsh Record Industry awards for which Matthew had been nominated, along with Tom Jones!) were cancelled. This was annoying news for MJ fans who were looking forward to Matthew winning. <g>
December 2001 - Matthew and co. enter the studio to start work on the second album. To date, three tracks have been laid down, including the popular number from live sets 'Stars on the Floor,' plus 'All this Time' and 'Bad Thing.' Matthew had originally hoped to do a small number of live dates in February and March 2002, but it now looks more likely that live appearances won't be until late spring at the earliest. Watch this space for updates as soon as we get any details. Complete tour information will be posted on the 'Tours' page of this site.
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