Jay Saint is Committed to Making Love Work For Everyone

When you do what you love, there is no limit to the places you can go and the boundaries you are bound to break. Singer/Songwriter Jay Saint is making it very known that even though he is an openly gay man, he also knows and feels where all people are coming from when it comes to love. From working with Fergie, Day 26 and the lovely ladies of Danity Kane, it’s no secret that being with Bad Boy has pushed him and prepared him for the levels he is highly reaching.

Being a writer, I’m sure it can be challenging at times. Everyone has their ways of getting over it. How do you overcome writing challenges such as writer’s block?

Writer’s block happens way too often, you’re right about that. For me, it’s because I have so many things that I do outside of writing and my mind can go whichever way. I try different ways to settle myself down so that I can write, but my main thing I go to is watching movies. I would watch a movie and it would inspire a situation I went through. So, nine times out of ten, I’m watching movies to draw inspiration. I also meditate so that I can clear my mind. I started this two years ago and it helps me. I put my phone on airplane mode and listen to sounds like water soothing types of music. Most of the time have a direction I can go but lyrically I don’t know what points I want to hit. It’s so easy to just write something and be cliché, so I use these ways to get focused and really put out great content.

Now I have to tell you before we get into your LP, I loved Danity Kane! Especially the Welcome to the Dollhouse album. Tell me what you gained while helping write for that album and for Bad Boy.

One of the major lessons that I learned actually doesn’t have to do with writing, its understanding the business and how the songwriting business works. In the beginning, I wrote a lot of stuff such as bits and pieces of Fergie’s “London Bridges” album, and Day 26’s album. However, because I was paid under the table, I didn’t understand the logistics of how to make money residually. Once I was with the company for a longer period, and it came time for Danity Kane’s 2nd album, I had all my paperwork, knowledge and affairs in order to get paid the correct and consistent way. It’s crazy because when you’re young and fresh in the business, you can really get taken advantage of. From there, that’s how I grew not only as an artist but also as someone who was just simply in the music business. I also really learned how to write for others and not for myself. I had to learn how to change my voice and put myself in the shoes and voice of someone else.

Your LP ExCommitted speaks on all love no matter the orientation. As an openly gay male, why did you feel it was important to let your voice be the voice that brings all love together?