Jay Ottaway Bio 

Jay Ottaway is an award-winning singer-songwriter called by Germany’s Rockradio.de  “one of the most innovative artists of our time.” He has been honored by American Songwriter Magazine, the USA Songwriting, International Songwriting, the U.K. Songwriting, and the Peacedriven Songwriting Contests, in addition to multiple awards from the Berklee College of Music where he studied songwriting. He has toured for decades throughout Europe with The Jay Ottaway Band (www.jayottawayband.de) and since 2019 with Jay Ottaway and the Lost Boys (www.jayottawayandthelostboys.com). In the U.S. he has teamed up with Dan Bowden, Greg Holt, and Ralph Rosen in Boston to form the acoustic-based, Jay Ottaway and The Ramble (www.jayottawayandtheramble.com). His concerts feature his own award-winning music mixed with classics from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Grateful Dead and other blues and classic rock legends. 

As a songwriter Jay Ottaway’s style ranges from contemporary Folk and Blues to Rock and his works have been featured on television (i.e. WDR, Germany) and in documentary films (i.e. Irene: Ruin to Renewal). His 2014 studio album entitled "Carry On" was called by music critic Steve Braun of Rocktimes.de “his white-hot contender for Album of the Year” while his 7th studio double-album "Winter's Journey" (2017) also received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. For “Winter’s Journey” he found inspiration from the 19th Century German Poet Wilhelm Müller. The 24 songs are inspired by Müllers poems from the “Winterreise” on which Franz Schubert also based his famous song cycle. Ottaway’s interpretations move between powerful Rock ballads to bluesy Jazz, while integrating Country and Folk influences. In 2020 Ottaway released the single “World on Fire” produced by Julian Müller (Blackberries, Suzan Köcher’s Suprafon) a rising star in the European music scene. The album “World on Fire” was released in December 2021 and was a Rockradio.de "CD of the week" the week of its release.  Jay's first indie-release with Jay Ottaway and The Lost Boys, “Adrenaline Junkie” (2022) was also honored by Rockradio.de as was The Lost Boys first release with Timezone Records “Next to You”(2024).

As a festival producer he has co-produced the Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival in Plymouth, Vermont since 2003 (www.plymouthfolk.com) as well as the Cologne Blues-Rock Jamfest in Cologne, Germany from 2005 to 2009. 


EP - City Summer Nights/2004 

EP - On and On (Solo Acoustic)/2005 

CD - New Old World/2006 

CD – Come and Go/2007 

CD – Modern Times / 2009 

CD – Three Times A Day / 2010 

CD – Coming Home to You / 2012 

CD-   Carry On / 2014 

CD- The Jay Ottaway Band: Live in Europe / 2014 

CD - Winter’s Journey /2017 

CD - The Jay Ottaway Band: Live in Bamberg / 2018 

CD - World on Fire /2021

CD - Adrenaline Junky/2022 

CD - Next to You/2024


ASCAP - James Ottaway #1786497