What sets Jay Ketchem apart from other country Singers? Jay is a true country cowboy and 100% Entertainer. In 2001, Jay was named the Champion All-Around Cowboy. Since then, this cowboy, and former Marine has found peace in writing about his personal experiences in life, family and traveling the world. What began as a way of expression has evolved into a way of life.
Jay played drums from early childhood picking up guitar while serving in the United States Marine Corps and he was always singing something somewhere. He's had some success at Country radio in 2007 with his song "Poor Thing" that went to #42 on the Music Row Radio chart. Jay has opened for Garth Brooks, Ricky Scaggs, Toby Keith, Tim Mcgraw, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Ray Scott, Brothers Osborne, Keith Urban, Josh Gracin, Chris Cagle, Alan Jackson, Sugarland, Carry Underwood,Gretchen Wilson, Jon Pardi, Gary Allan, Jake Owen, Phil Vassar, Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler & Jack Ingram, Brad Paisley, John Anderson, Terri Clark, Trace Adkins, Rodney Atkins, Western Underground, Billy Currington, Chris Young and so many more.....
"His pursuit of a musical career led him back to Nashville, where he became involved once again in the music scene both as a singer and a staff songwriter. As a result of his involvement in the music scene, Jay re connected with producer, Russ Zavitson who gave Jay his first shot at song writing as well as an Artist. Russ has worked with the likes of The Kinley's and The Wilkinsons, among various other country artists. With his musical ties in Nashville, Jay moved to Las Vegas to perform 6 nights a week for 2 1/2 years in the "Country Fever Show" at the infamous "Golden Nugget." After building his fan base in Vegas, Jay moved to Grand Junction, Colorado to focus more on family.
While pursuing this aspect of his life and career, Jay began performing at Whiskey River three nights a week. Performing as the house band at Whiskey River, Jay has been able to develop an incredibly large and loyal fan base and now close to 3,000 Facebook followers. A few years later after much success Jay heard the word no one ever wants to hear…. Cancer. But God was gracious enough to allow Jay to once again deliver a song like no one can. He is ever so thankful for Gods wonderful gift and intends to share it with as many people as he possibly can. Now living in the Phoenix are Jay plans to spread the love to as many people as possible with every intention of making a huge splash and enjoying delivering his song like never before!