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Jay Vado [Prolific Profile]

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian hip-hop scene was officially introduced to R&B singer Jay Vado through his work on Harvey Stripe’s recent “Material Girl” single. The song sparked an immediate buzz surrounding the new singer as MCs from around the country visualized the potential a Jay Vado-laced hook could have as a single for their own projects. Needless to say, a lot of people have reached out Jay for collaborations but at the moment his focus remains on his own debut. His new single “Breathe & Shake” is picking up speed and a French single is right around the corner. This is Jay Vado’s Prolific Profile.


HipHopCanada: How do you define hip-hop, and where do you feel you fit into that definition?

Jay Vado: Hip-hop to me is more than a culture, it’s a lifestyle. From the expression of rap, b-boy dancing and last but not least the fashion statements, hip-hop made me understand what kind of person I wanted to become. Most my friends didn’t think I had a life because I’d watch B.E.T all day. But I knew one day it would pay off. What fits my description the most would probably have to be the soul in the music of hip-hop. It always brings me to another level.

HipHopCanada: What drives you to stay in a business that is rarely profitable and highly competitive?

Jay Vado: The passion I have for music takes my mind off of how much money I’m going to make or who I’m competing against. As an artist I feel it’s important to keep my head focused on making good music for the people. The music industry is a lot harder to break though and sustain longevity, but as long as you stay positive, everything else will follow. I have a great team around me, from management, marketing, web and print media; we take a hands-on approach to all my material which goes public. There‘s a saying that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”, therefore we take our time when putting out any material; attention to detail is everything in this business. I feel you can achieve all your dreams in life with a good work ethic and discipline.

HipHopCanada: Where are you based specifically?

Jay Vado: I was originally born in Ottawa although I grew up in Hull, Quebec. I have family in Toronto so I’m always there and Montreal is my second home.

HipHopCanada: How has living there influenced your sound?

Jay Vado: There are many different ethnicities where I grew up and it helped me to gain experience in all aspects of music. My sister is a choreographer and since I was a kid I would dance and perform with her whenever possible. Growing up, I had a lot of my friends that would rap and freestyle wherever there was a party, so I watched and listened gaining experience from my craft. There is a lot of amazing talent where I’m from. Shout out to everyone back home.

HipHopCanada: Who is your primary fan base?

Jay Vado: My fan base consists primarily of women which could never be a bad thing, they have been coming out to all my shows in large numbers. These women go to extremes to promote my music; I kind of have a crazy street team if you think about it. On the flip side, a lot of guys also enjoy listening to my records.

HipHopCanada: What tips would you give young artists coming up or what do you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the music industry?

Jay Vado: You are only as good as how much work and practice you put into your art. Love what you do and believe in it. All the rest will come to you. I don’t have any regrets coming in because I studied and analyzed what I was getting myself into, but I know there is always room for some unusual surprises.

HipHopCanada: In which ways do you interact with your community?

Jay Vado: Usually I always keep in contact with everyone though my Facebook and Twitter. I performed a couple shows this year in my city, one of which helped raise funds for Haiti earlier in April. This summer I toured the east ( Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa ) to introduce my 1st single “Breathe and Shake”. I have a few video casting call parties coming this September, as well as Gala’s to support the sick and less fortunate. The community “Canada” has shown me allot and is all I have when it comes to this business, so giving back in any way possible is a huge thing to me.


HipHopCanada: Which artists have you worked with that left an impression on you, and why?

Jay Vado: Harvey Stripes is the only artist I have worked with so far, I have gotten opportunities to work with many artists in the last year, but work on my project has taken all my time. Harvey Stripes is a great artist, probably one of the hardest working artists out here in Canada. The impression he has left on me is just go out there and put in your work, and what you deserve will come to you. #TALK2Em

HipHopCanada: Which Canadian artist would you most like to collaborate with?

Jay Vado: I’d probably most likely collaborate with Nelly Furtado. She fits more of my genre of music. I think she’s extremely versatile in the music she puts down and is internationally known, which is always a plus.

HipHopCanada: Tell us about past and present successes, as well as future projects?

Jay Vado: I got the chance to perform with both Lloyd and Trey Songz to open the shows. I also had the opportunity to workout at the gym hotel with Trey which nonetheless was a memorable experience. I was featured in a song called “Material Girl” with Harvey stripes which aired on the radio as well as Much Music, which was a great success. Now my new single “Breathe & Shake” is officially out and I can’t wait to shoot the video. It’s going to be amazing. I’m currently putting the final touches to my French single which should be released sometime this fall, Crazy Record! The French language by itself is full of beauty, passion and love, the ladies are gone love this one.

HipHopCanada: Any last words for the HipHopCanada online community?

Jay Vado: You can check me out on as well as my Facebook, Twitter and MySpace accounts. There will be plenty of shows coming up all across Canada and I’m ready to show this nation of ours what I’m about. Thank you to everyone showing love and supporting me. I won’t let you guys down.


Jay Vado – Breathe & Shake



Harvey Stripes – Material Girl ft. Jay Vado


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  1. Amethea Cyr

    Jay keep up the work I love your new single breathe n’ shake the flow extremely smooth hope to hear the french record soon :) love Amethea

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  4. Duch Dillinger

    This is a well constructed interview, informative read and most of encouraging reason to go check this dude out! Keep it coming, please and thanks. DILLY ENDORSED!

    best of luck

  5. Kayla

    well said Duch .. Jay your very talented.. I heard your other songs and there is nobody in Canada that will come close to your work, but nobody understands till the album is out. They have no idea. I cant waitttttttttttt.

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  7. vicky

    bravo jay c’est super j adorr ” breathe n’shake” keep up the good work !!! youve got a hit!!!
    when r u doing the video…

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