Who Is the Music Bear?
Music Bear Tony Banks (NOW KNOWN AS DANCE ARTIST JAY LIGHT) defies much of the music world that we live in today. This up-and-coming Hip- hop storyteller has made a name for himself with his smooth rhythms, sick beats, and serious vocals. He stands out from the crowd as outspoken, unapologetic and uniquely talented. Going from nothing to something, all on his own merits – Tony personifies the American Dream.
Having a love for music began at a very young age, while in his church’s choir. Tony kept that passion going into his teen years when, at 15 years old, he started to produce his own beats and writing lyrics. Thereafter, he immersed himself in the recording studio, where he honed his skills and continued his journey towards finding himself and his voice as an artist.
Tony also stands out, in the unapologetic world, for being an out-and-proud gay man. In a culture that stereotypes gay men, especially ones who are African-American, the Music Bear looks past that and understand his true and honest identity through it all
Tony has taken that upfront attitude to packed shows across the United States and abroad, including a cruise ship in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, SXSW, 35 Denton Festival in Denton, TX., Friday Night Live at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, and Pride Festivals near and far. He has done a fantastic job at appealing to both the LGBT and straight audiences, as his music and persona ring true with ALL people.
2018 brings new music with a pointedly updated attitude, and some off-the-hook collaborations with fellow Hip-hop artist like Jwlb and EarthTone. He was recently named one of the ‘Five Gay Men You Should Know’ by Manhattan Digest, and he can’t wait to bring all of this to his upcoming shows and so much more. Tony’s future is looking as bright as ever.
If there is one artist to look out for this year and beyond, who has a bold take on what music should be, then Tony Banks is your guy.