Vincent Nnamdi Ihemeje -known by the moniker May Jay-is one of the latest Afropop artists to emerge on the Nigerian music scene. Born on the 9th of July 1993 in the oil-rich area of Portharcourt, May Jay is an indigene of Mbeke in Isi-ala Mbano, Imo State and the second of five children born to the Ihemeje family. He completed his primary education at Maybloom Primary School, his secondary education at Benviatto High School before joining the Rivers State University to acquire a degree in Hotel Catering and Management. He describes himself as a very friendly, easy-going and no-nonsense person.
May Jay gained his music footing in the 2000s, around the same time as the unveiling of one of his biggest influences, Chris Brown. He however did not start visiting the studio until 2010, following the debut of another of his influences, Wizkid. Other acts that consistently inspire Mayjay’s sound include American singer Ty Dollar Sign and Jamaica’s modern dancehall crooner Kranium.
Housed under the large umbrella of Afropop, May Jay’s musical approach is best defined as Afro fusion. He borrows elements from Jamaican music styles and merges them with different Afrocentric vibes to create pieces fit for local and global consumption.
Mayjay strongly believes that everything happens for a reason and that real success lies in the process of working towards one’s dreams. He is also of the opinion that moving slow and steady in the industry guarantees better results than being pressured into short term wins. He is currently an independent artist but is open to collaborations and partnerships that will take his craft to the next level.
May Jay is currently on the verge of releasing new projects accompanied by top-notch videos that will testify to the greatness of his art.
His new single “GoodLife “ is one he really wants people to pay attention too. Good Life introduces us to the project, with Mayjay taking stock of how far he has come and the resulting effect of envy from myopic observers.
Stream “Good Life” by May Jay here
Connect with May Jay: