Singer/songwriter, Jay Saint is best known for crafting the hits of many of our favorite artists such as Danity Kane, Fergie, and Sean Kingston. Over the years, the songwriter and performer has worked endlessly to hone in on his talents as a creative and now, he’s releasing a new project that many of us can find ourselves relating to. In our exclusive interview with Saint, we discussed his latest single, “Stick N Move,” the global pandemic, and much more!

Tell us about your latest single, “Stick N Move.”

“Stick N Move” came from a really tough time that I was in a few years back. It’s from my latest project, ExCommitted that I released last year. It was a time when I just knew I had to get myself out of a really tough situation, meaning a relationship. “Stick N Move” was my liberating song that reminded me that even when I got out of the situation, it wouldn’t defeat me. I would still be the same person that I am today, I would still be confident, talented, and that situation wouldn’t define me.

What inspired your visual for this project?

I wanted to incorporate the boxing scene within the video, but I also didn’t want to be on the nose. I wanted to just showcase me esthetically as an artist, when it comes to fashion. A lot of the designs are done by my partner, Lewis BeilHarz from Beilharz Official (custom hand painted pieces). Everything is hand painted pieces that were specifically made for the video, from the overalls to the leather jacket to the boxing robe. Everything was meticulously for this video, I wanted to showcase him as a designer and me esthetically. It paired really nicely. We also have another designer who aided in the looks [ex. Hooded green look], her name is LouisJeanDesravines. She also crafted the lacing on the hoodie and the pants that I’m wearing. I wanted to incorporate the boxing theme but of course, incorporate fashion within that as well. That was my interpretation of combining them both.

photo by Trevon James

Can you share with us what it has been like being a singer/songwriter during this time of the ongoing pandemic?

This pandemic has shown me that the real creatives are the ones who could really rise to the occasion. Whether or not I was able to do that with the state that I was in, a lot of things got cancelled and it was shame that it happened. I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Me and my partner were amazing to collaborate on this amazing video together. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have been able to do this project. It allowed me to be a better person and really look inside of myself to reevaluate myself as an artist and person. It allowed me to find the person I truly love. My time during the pandemic has been a full reflection, it gave me more love for my craft.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see from you in 2021?

In 2021, it will be an exciting year. You’ll expect my new project. This project is just a manifestation of what I dreamt I would be coming out of the first project, ExCommitted. I just knew that I would be more confident, more evolved as an artist and person, and more evolved as a writer. With this project, you will get a different side of Jay Saint and a more elevated side to him – in music and visuals. I’m performing a lot more. A lot of people that come to my shows know me as a performer but I feel like the people that listen and stream my music don’t really know that, and they will see that in these upcoming visuals.

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Featured Image by Trevon James