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Local Spotlight - Anitra Jay

Growing up in New Orleans, Anitra Jay was surrounded by the sounds of  jazz, blues, and R&B. Gospel was also influential in her life and  when she was a young girl she joined the church choir. “When everyone  swayed from side to side, I began to move to my own tune and bumped into  everyone around me, including my Mom,” she says. Needless to say, she  learned how to keep a rhythm.

In high school she had taught  herself to play the piano, but it wasn’t until after college when she  found her true calling. A dark blue guitar caught her eye while in a  music store one day, so she bought it on a whim and taught herself to  play. She’s been singing and writing songs ever since.

With a  musical style often compared to India.Arie and Chrisette Michele, Anitra  Jay offers a sweet down-to-earth blend of soul and poetry with modern  sensibilities.  Charlotte's Creative Loafing calls her sound "something like the lost unvarnished tapes of India.Arie," and  her personality along with her expert improvisational skills set her  performances square between the raw edge of improv comedy and sultry  soaked soul.  She effortlessly combines soul-catching melodies with  tales of real life experiences wrought with motivational messages that  leave the listener entertained, inspired, and ready to take on the  world.  

As a singer-songwriter, Anitra takes full advantage of  the freedom of being an independent artist, writing every song from the  soul and for the soul. Anitra and  her husband Rob have made a  commitment to being full-time musicians! Her self-discipline, sacrifice,  and pure will to press on have paid off as she released her debut  album, "Keep The Faith".  Completely self-penned and self-produced, this record was designed to  empower others. “It’s a reminder that when life knocks you down your job  is to get back up and start again because it’s not just about you,” she  explains. “Other people are depending on you to carry out your purpose  on this earth.”

In her sophomore album, "Genesis",  released in the Fall of 2012, Anitra Jay explores the radical  rejuvenation of starting over with songs such as "An Angel," and "On a  Dime and a Dream."  This album combines sultry vocals with harmonic  sounds of the guitar that will captivate its listeners and bring them on  a journey of new beginnings.  

She tours the south and east coast promoting her third album - "Crown & Glory," a  project all about the beauty of natural hair.  She is also currently  working on another project, a whimsical take on life called, "Work in Progress," which will be released sometime in 2018.

Pursuing  music full time has taught her to celebrate the little things in life.   With a move to Houston, TX she plans to meet the challenges of being a  full-time musician head on by providing music in the Houston area as she  carves out her very own version of bluesy soul.  She plans to continue  to write and perform and dreams of someday touring the world. Her hope  is that everyone who hears her music will be inspired to actively live  out their true purpose in life by getting closer to God, our creator.

Anitra Jay 's Galveston Shows

Thurs July 12; 3pm-6pm Galveston's Own Farmers Market 

Sun July 22; 9am - 1pm Galveston's Own Farmers Market 

Sat July 28; 7-9pm MOD Coffeehouse  

Galveston Music News & Events

An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu

 A Benefit Concert for Congregation B’nai Israel Celebrating 150 Years! 

With Billboard Top 40 hits like “King Without a Crown” and “One Day,”  Matisyahu beautiful blends the contemporary rhythms of reggae and  hip-hop with the more traditional disciplines of jazz’s scat singing and  Judaism’s chazzanut (prayer chanting). Regardless of your generation or  faith heritage, this boundary-breaking acoustic evening with Matisyahu  is sure to warm the heart and touch the soul. 

The 1894 Grand Opera House - Galveston

 Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:15pm 

"On the SideWalk" Summer Concert Series

Free Family Fun, Summer Concerts

presented by The Coconut Grove Bunch 

aka Ronnie Maceo, Bubba Donovan, Cruz Cortez 

and Maceo Spice & Imports.

Every other Thursday 6pm - 8pm

Albatross Old Smokey Throwdown VI


  • Saturday, July 14 at 10 AM - 8 PM
  • Albatross Bar - 815 21st St, Galveston,


 Cody Canada - Seth James and more Free  admission $10.00 BBQ PLATES 

Sunday, July 15 at 11 AM

Galveston County Fair & Rodeo Grounds

#10 Jack Brooks Park, Hwy 6, Hitchcock, Texas 77563