CATBEACH MUSIC ON SPOTIFY
Check out all of the CatBeach Artists on Spotify.
This playlist would be a great place to start. Just sayen’…
HOW A CHANCE ENCOUNTER LED THIS SONGWRITING DUO TO AN EMMY NOM
Ranking close to the top of things that a successful music producer may not want to hear from his new wife:
“Sooo…..A friend of mine invited us over tonight so we can hear his daughter sing and give them some advice. I told him we’d be there…!”
That’s exactly the situation that producer/songwriter Bobby Hartry found himself in 5 years ago, as he sat down to listen to a shy and reluctant artist play a couple of songs she’d written. With her back to Bobby, Daena Jay sat at her keyboard, facing the wall, and began to play. By the time she hit the first chorus, Bobby glanced over to his wife with an affirming twinkle in his eye…a twinkle that said “ok…wow…this girl is really freaking talented…!”
That night began what would turn into a solid friendship and songwriting partnership. Immediately they started writing songs together that would fit into one of three categories –
1. Songs to be sold for commercial assignment,
2. Songs that would go into a co-owned catalog to be used for licensing opportunities, and
3. Songs written for the sheer act of creative expression (many which have been released through CatBeach Music, a boutique indie label).
Featuring Daena’s power vocals, these songs quickly started to see action as they became the backdrop for commercials, brand sponsorships, and multiple shows across various TV networks, while also serving to fuel Daena’s growing fanbase.
One day in early 2015, RC Cates – the music supervisor for CBS’s Young & The Restless, called Bobby looking for a special song that would convey both passion and tension…and that would become a sort of theme song for a beloved couple affectionately called “Chadam.’
Bobby and Daena had just finished a song called ‘The Gray,’ a dark scenic ballad, that conveys a passionate longing and is layered with undertones of angst and tension. The song, perfect for the spot. premiered on Y&R on April 16, 2015, was subsequently released globally to an enthusiastic audience, and in turn, was nominated for an Emmy – Outstanding Original Song in Daytime Drama. This is the first nomination for this songwriting pair, who will be attending the Daytime Emmys – Creative Arts Gala on April 29, 2016 at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
Congratulations to Bobby and Daena on their Emmy Nom, and best of luck! We can’t wait to hear from these two in the future!
DAENA JAY COMPETES AS ONE OF FIVE FINALISTS
Daena Jay, once an arcane songwriter with a captivating voice, launched onto the Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene in 2010 after a chance encounter with Emmy-award winning producer/songwriter Bobby Hartry. That meeting eventually solidified into a notable partnership resulting in dozens of TV placements and multiple Emmy-nominations for their compositions.
Looking to further her career as a full-time songwriter, Daena entered into the Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter competition that offers artists a chance to move to the next level. The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to record a four-song EP with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, who has worked with Adele, Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more. Other prizes for the winner include the chance to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a $25,000 cash prize.
Daena entered “All That Was Left,” an original live music performance video, in the contest. Her submission, along with 14,000 others, was ranked on its composition and performance, as well as her social media engagement and fan growth. From those artists, Rechtshaid handpicked five finalists, and Daena was one of them!
Competing to win the competition, Daena will perform live Friday, March 4, at the iconic Troubadour in Hollywood. We could not be more proud of this talent and are cheering her on each and every step of the way.
NEW SINGLE FROM DAENA JAY
Daena Jay dropped her new single, ‘Skin On Skin’, this week. The release coincides with its feature placement on CBS’ Young & The Restless, for the fan faves – Cane and Lily.
CATBEACH MUSIC – BUXOM BETTY
Last month the team from Friedman Amplification came out to CatBeach Studio to let us give their new amp, Buxom Betty, a test drive.
Check out Daena Jay and Bob Hartry performing a new song “Feel Alright”, featuring Betty and the Danocaster Jazzmaster.
NEW MUSIC FROM DAENA JAY – SONGS FOR KISSING
DAENA JAY RELEASES 6-SONG EP:
SONGS FOR KISSING
‘Songs For Kissing’, a collection of chill moody love songs – is a human soundtrack capturing flirty transgressions, intimate moments and the angst in longing.
This collection includes two ballads – ‘The Gray’ and ‘This Is How We Love’, that were featured on CBS’s Young & The Restless. It also has 2 vibey, chill songs called ‘Stay Forever’ and ‘The Other Side’ – used to launch Amuse Society’s 2015 Fall Collection in a special video presentation called Down By The Sea. And to finish it off, there are 2 live performances – one is a deeply-sad love song, called ‘On My Skin’, and the last tune is a stripped-down version of ‘What You Always Wanted’.
DAENA JAY AND THE WOLFPACK
Have you seen the documentary called ‘The Wolfpack’? It is an absolutely incredible story of a family of 7 whose father confined them to a tiny apartment in New York. They overcame their captivity and learned how to communicate with others by watching movies. And now, after finding their freedom, they are experiencing a vibrant and exciting life.
ABC News 20-20 highlighted the documentary last week, and Daena Jay’s music provided an inspirational backdrop. Check out the episode here. Daena’s songs start at the 25 minute mark. We’re all very honored to be a part of this family’s triumphant story!
Watch the whole episode here:
DAENA JAY – SONGS FOR KISSING
Daena Jay’s latest singles, ‘This Is How We Love’ and ‘The Gray’ were released with much anticipation. We’re so excited about the response, which has been incredibly kind and encouraging! These newly released singles will be featured on Daena’s next project. ‘Songs For Kissing’ a 6-song EP is a collection of chill moody love songs – a human soundtrack capturing flirty transgressions, intimate moments and the angst in longing, available June 2015.
The singles were written by Daena Jay and Bobby Hartry. The recordings captured a haunting beauty because of these lovely people:
Daena Jay: all things Amazing Vocals
Bobby Hartry: Guitars, Programming,
Aaron Sterling: Drums
Jonathan Ahrens: Bass, Keys, Programming (This Is How We Love)Tyler Chester: Bass, Keys (The Gray)
Dan Strain: Mix Engineer
Hans DeKline: Mastering Engineer
Bobby Hartry: Producer
BOBBY HARTRY NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY
With this nomination, we celebrate the craft of songwriting and the art of music-making. We are inspired by all of you musicians and writers out there…sometime slogging it out…keeping on keeping on in this crazy industry…making a way forward! Your creative expression is important. It makes this world a beautiful place. Your art draws out emotion…joy and pain…laughter and tears…rejoicing and grieving. Your art is a sign of freedom and the world needs more of it!
And our celebration is rooted in profound thankfulness and gratitude. Thanks to all of the artists, musicians and writers that we work with – specifically to Daena Jay for her beautiful vocals on this tune. And many many thank you’s to our friends at ABC/Disney – the years of working together have been a true honor!
Happy Friday friends!