Jay Kay is a famous English professional musician, singer and songwriter. He is most renowned as the lead singer of his established jazz-funk band, ‘Jamiroquai.’ He is well-known as a collector of luxury cars. Continue reading to find the net worth of Jay Kay as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Jay Kay (Jason Luís Cheetham) was born on 30th December 1969 in Stretford, Greater Manchester, England. Jay’s parents are Karen Kay (retired cabaret singer and television personality) and Luis Saraiva (former Portuguese guitarist). Jay Kay met Luis Saraiva, his biological father, in 2001. Jay Kay was raise by Karen Kay and her husband, Mervyn Kay. Jay Kay studied from Oakham School in Rutland and performed at nightclubs.
Jay Kay dated Denise van Outen (1998-2001). Jay Kay has a relationship with Maria, and they have two daughters named, Carla and Tallulah. Jay Kay composed the track ‘Carla’ for his album, ‘Automaton’ to honor his first daughter. While residing on Grange Road (W5) in Ealing, Jay Kay performed in a pub called ‘The Haven’ on Spring Bridge Road and Broadway Boulevard.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Jay Kay established and performed as lead singer of jazz-funk band ‘Jamiroquai.’ Other band members include Nick Van Gelder (drums), Stuart Zender (bass), Toby Smith (keyboards), and Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo). Guests performing in the band include Gavin Dodds (guitar), Johnny Thirkell (horns), and Maurizio Ravelico (percussion).
Jamiroquai released the first super-hit single ‘When You Gonna Learn’ and signed with Sony Music Entertainment. After that, Jamiroquai released ‘Emergency on Planet Earth’ but, the band left Sony in 2007. Jamiroquai released the third album, ‘Travelling Without Moving’ that became famous worldwide. Videos ‘Virtual Insanity’ helped Jamiroquai to win 4 MTV Video Music Awards. Jamiroquai released fourth album, ‘Synkronized’ from Jay Kay’s home studio.
Jay Kay appeared with Chef Jamie Oliver on an episode of BBC’s television series ‘The Naked Chef.’ He sang ‘Canned Heat’ in the television series, ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’ Jay Kay appeared several times on ‘Top Gear,’ BBC’s car show. The first appearance was in 1st series of the 2nd episode ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’ (lap time: 1:48.1). The second appearance was in 3rd series of the 4th episode when he drove his Lamborghini Miura with Richard Hammond. The third appearance was in 11th series of the 6th episode (lap time: 1:45.8) and broke the record made by Simon Cowell. Jay Kay won Top Gear’s ‘John Sergeant Award’ for best dance. Jay Kay made the fastest lap on ‘Top Gear’ test track (2008).
Net Worth & Earnings:
The net worth of Jay Kay is $75 million. Most of Jay Kay’s wealth comes from his music career. He is the founder and lead singer of the band Jamiroquai. He has earned from the sale of his numerous successful albums and singles released by Jamiroquai. Jay Kay has also made several appearances on popular BBC’s television series and earned per episode.
Jay Kay resides in a 500-year-old Buckinghamshire mansion. It has 11 bedrooms and his music studio in the garden. Jay Kay owns 22 luxury cars. As of 2014, Jay Kay’s LaFerrari was valued at $1,710,000. Earlier, the sale of album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ released by ‘Jamiroquai’ was $180,000 (2010). Also, the album got certified Gold by BPI, FIMI, and IFPI-SWI.
Jay Kay loves collecting cars and playing music. This was reflected in his song, ‘Black Devil Car’ in his released album, ‘Dynamite.’