From open mics to festival stages, C. Jay Conrod has made a name for himself as a dynamic performer on the live music scene of St. Louis. Conrod has opened for nationally known artists like India.Arie, Anthony David and Lalah Hathaway, performed as a featured vocalist with multi-instrumentalist Lamar Harris, written songs for the 2018 Shakespeare in The Streets production of “Blow, Winds,” and sung background for various St. Louis acts.
Trained in vocal jazz and music technology at Webster University, his voice has been described as “massive” and “unwavering.” As both a writer and performer, Conrod explores all genres of the Black American experience, but tends to classify his work as soul music. The intent is always to create something that can be easily felt.
In the studio, Conrod has collaborated with hip-hop artists like Rockwell Knuckles, iLLPHONICS, Thelonius Kryptonite, So ‘n So of the Midwest Avengers and Black Spade. He was featured on Lamar Harris’s “Live at the Bistro” CD/DVD and is currently working on various projects.