LONDON (Billboard) - Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay died Sept. 24 after falling from a seventh-story window in Nottingham, England, his label EMI said Tuesday. He was 24.
"His act would appear to have been an impulsive gesture following a professionally difficult year and perhaps, a difficult day," said a statement. It is understood that he was alone at the time and no note was left.
Jay's debut album, "Draw," was a critical success following its April 2001 release through EMI imprint Food.
Why should this concern me or you? I don't mean to eulogize... It's just so odd... "Draw" was a CD I won for knowing like, 3 trivia questions at some thing they had at school last year. I felt kind of sorry that they had a stack of this guy's album just to be given away- I guess that made me wary of ever listening to it. I thought I might put it away and never play it.
I remember how bad a day I had had when I finally decided to put it in my CD player, and... Well, I'm sure just by the fact that I'm posting this, you already can tell that I was quite taken by Matthew Jay's record. It's a really charming, happy, uplifting album, and it's such a shame that its author has left us. And it's unfortunate his work didn't get the attention it deserved while he was still around. R.I.P.
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