Johnson-Jay Medwik-Daley

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Johnson-Jay Medwik-Daley
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CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Guitarist

Johnson Jay is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Originally from Manly, Australia he spent about 12 years living in London, UK before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 2019 with his wife and two kids.

As a session guitarist, he has worked with producer Tony Visconti who according to his website describes Johnson as one of the best guitarists he has ever worked with. Johnson Jay played on many tracks produced by Tony Visconti for Daphne Guinness and appears in the video for her 2016 track Old School[1].

In late 2016/early 2017 Johnson Jay played First Guitar in David Bowie's musical Lazarus[2]. The show ran in London's West End with Michael C Hall playing the lead role opposite Sophia Anne Caruso.[3] Johnson Jay appeared alongside Michael C Hall to perform 'Lazarus' at the Hammersmith Odeon for David Bowie's posthumous Mercury Award nomination for the album Blackstar in 2016.[4]

In September 2017 Johnson Jay appeared in the Sky Arts talent show called "Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes"[5]. The show provided a platform for upcoming musicians that had been personally chosen by Tony Visconti to perform a one-off concert in the TV show's final episode with the house band that included Johnson and a number of other well-known musicians including Imelda May[6], Bob Geldof[7] and musical director for the show Nitin Sawhney.

Johnson Jay appears in the BBC2 documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years” which aired on Sunday June 7th 2020.[8] In January 2021, streamed the recording of the musical Lazarus live in a special one off ticketed event worldwide to commemorate David Bowie's birthday and fifth anniversary of his untimely death.[9]

Johnson Jay has been a member of The Jones Gang since 2014, playing alongside Kenney Jones of the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who[10]. In July 2019 The Jones Gang closed the Silverstone Classic race, performing a tribute to The Who's anniversary of playing Woodstock to a crowd of over 20,000 people.[11] On 17 August 2019 The Jones Gang performed at The Golden Stone Years concert which was a tribute to Brian Jones organised by Donovan and his wife Linda.[12] [13]

In September 2019 Johnson Jay played with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones for a Faces reunion at the Wentworth PGA.[14] It was at this event that Rod Stewart told the world that he had suffered but was in remission from prostate cancer.[15] [16]

Kenney Jones gives credit to Johnson Jay in his autobiography "Let The Good Times Roll".[17]

According to Johnson's website he has also worked with Aria Award-winning producer Craig Porteils, Jan "Stan" Kybert and Steve Orchard.[18] He is a member of the writing team for Supernova Tribe Studio[19] based in Sydney, Australia, and in 2020 his musical compositions were used for two major Australian national TV and radio ad campaigns for Mongrel Boots[20] and My Forever Family.[21] It appears that Johnson Jay is endorsed by Elixir Strings and Richter Straps.

Johnson Jay has played with a lot of upcoming artists such as Jim Stapley [22] and Steve Marriott's daughter Mollie Marriott[23]. He recently did a lockdown collaboration with Liverpool-based singer Tricia McTeague.[24] The last release of his own music was an EP in 2010 entitled "It's About Time".[25].

Johnson Jay played on the recent releases by Mark Read of boyband A1 (group). Where Were You was released on 15 May 2020 and so far has had 26,714 plays on Spotify.[26] Smile Again was released in October 2020 and so far has had 23,244 plays on Spotify.[27]

Johnson Jay has some acting credits having appeared in three episodes of the popular Australian soap ‘Home & Away’ as the character Rupert back in 1998. On the show he performed the song ‘I’ve Got a Plan’ by the group ‘My Friend the Chocolate Cake'.


  1. "Daphne Guinness Track "Old School"".
  2. "West End Theatre Magazine about the musical Lazarus".
  3. "Michael C Hall performance of Lazarus at The Arts Club Notting Hill". Youtube.
  4. "Mercury Awards 2016 - Bowie Nomination".
  5. " Sky Arts Tony Visconti TV Series".
  6. "YouTube Imelda May Sky Arts Performance".
  7. "Youtube Bob Geldof Sky Arts Performance".
  8. "David Bowie Documentary".
  9. "Rolling Stone article re Lazarus live stream".
  10. "The Jones Gang".
  11. "Silverstone Classic News "Celebrating Woodstock"".
  12. "Just News International Article - The Golden Stone Years".
  13. "Govinda Gallery Photos of Brian Jones Tribute".
  14. "Johnson Jay Instagram - The Faces Reunion".
  15. "LA Times - Rod Stewart reveals prostate cancer diagnosis".
  16. "The Irish Mirror - Faces reunion Sept 2019".
  17. "Kenney Jones book Let The Good Times Roll".
  18. "Johnson Jay website".
  19. "Supernova Tribe Studio".
  20. "Mongrel Boots ad campaign 2020".
  21. "My Forever Family ad campaign 2020".
  22. "YouTube Jim Stapley - We Found Love cover".
  23. "Truth Is A Wolf Album Credits".
  24. "Tricia McTeague Instagram collaboration".
  25. "It's About Time".
  26. "Where Were You - Mark Read".
  27. "Smile Again - Mark Read".

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