Dakota Jay is an award-winning songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His songwriting credits include the Gold-Certified Billboard Top 5 Hit "Old Country Soul" for Universal Music Group recording artists The Reklaws, Tyler Hilton's "Only One's Left In The World" and "Wanna Be In Love So Bad", and "Hate It" for Warner Music's Tucker Beathard. Dakota's songs have been featured by the NFL, Discovery Channel, History Channel, VH1, Virgin Airlines, Sirius XM's The Highway, and have even appeared on a CCMA Album Of The Year record.
But Dakota Jay's most prolific songwriting is heard through his own voice, on his own records. The small town Pennsylvania native found his love for songwriting in the sounds of the 1960's. Digging through his parents record collection, Jay embraced the lyrical genius of Bob Dylan, The Doors, and John Prine, which set the course for his musical career in Nashville. Dakota moved to Nashville in 2009, where he lived in an Airstream trailer on the grounds of a youth hostel. By day he did maintenance on the hostel building and by night he wrote songs and frequented the local venues studying the history of his new found love: Country Music.
In 2012, Dakota's talent was recognized by Tyler Hilton and Ron Pope, who brought him and his best bud Will King on tour with them. The duo toured all over the country, playing some of the nation's most renowned clubs. Shortly after, Jay signed his first publishing deal with Sea The Desert Music which landed him cuts with The Lost Trailers (the single charted Top 30 on SiriusXM's The Highway) Tyler Hilton (One Tree Hill, Walk The Line), The Reklaws (Universal Music), and Tucker Beathard (Warner Music Group). He also released his heart-wrenching single "Don't Come To Nashville" in 2018. The video garnered over 200,000 views and the single was featured on Saving Country Music's Top 25 Songs of 2018 on Spotify.
Dakota currently writes for Me Gusta Music and records and releases original music from his personal recording studio in East Nashville.