After facing many struggles during adolescence, Jay Childs (A.K.A. Justin Childress) took refuge in music. While using his lyrics as a vehicle for self-expression, the young, Memphian used his lyrics as a tool to share his story. Although it was a median to vent, he also used his imagination, spread positive messages; hoping he could influence his innerself. Sadly, his primary inspiration came from his younger brother’s death; beginning his creative writings as early as nine years old. As he developed his craft, his mother began treating him fundamental business skills by teaching him how to sell candy and raffle tickets. By age 15, Jay contributed towards his household bills. Inevitably, Jay learned how to produce and sell his very own musical products. After being signed to a previous label, his first album, ”Childress Manor, ” was released. However, since he was signed to a bogus contract, he eventually cut ties with the label and went his own way. Nonetheless, Jay determined not to become defeated. Shortly thereafter, Jay was in a fatal car accident which resulted in him flatlining three times. Subsequently, he woke three weeks later after being in a medically induced coma. While preparing for rehabilitation, Jay learned his mother passed away from a heroin overdose. Even though his mother declared him as being a rock star, he still carries his mother’s spirit with him throughout his journey. Since his initial record deal, Jay has released five mixtapes and have increased his audience throughout the south. While he still feels motivation from selling his albums on the streets, Jay has since signed a new record deal with Genetix Recordings. As he continues to make waves, Jay has proven to be a force to wrecked with throughout the industry. And, his hustle will not go to waste.
Where are you based?
I’m based out of Memphis, TN & North Mississippi.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been writing & recording music for about 10 years. I started writing songs as a kid.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
I would consider my music to be rap & hip hop lyricist.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I went through a lot of struggles and pain in life. Music helps me cope.
What are your biggest musical influences?
My influences would have to be Eminem, 3 6 Mafia, Bone Thugs, Twista, 2pac, UGK, Yelawolf, Big Krit, Jay z, 50 cent, Lil Wayne & my cousin Sexy Lace.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I was independently hustling on the streets with my mixtapes for 10 years but now signed to Genetix Recordings.
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
The biggest challenge in my career has to be staying focusing on the craft and letting my team work magic.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I’ve released 6 mixtapes over four online distribution platforms with more music to come.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
My latest release titled “Reach Out 2” the mixtape featuring artist out of the south such as Ziggy 2tymer, Rizz Wob, Kendrick Roberts & Selfish.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Be on the look out for more songs & videos cause we won’t be letting up. Don’t blink or you might miss something.