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!
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.
NEWS // Daena Jay – New Music, New Videos, New Shows
After taking a short break over the summer, Daena Jay is getting ready to launch back onto the scene.
This winter Daena is set to release a new EP as a CatBeach Music collaboration with Hype Music. Videos and interviews to accompany this new collection of songs. She is also in the studio writing a slew of new tunes…some specifically for ABC Television and some specifically for a new album.
MUSIC/ New Song By Daena Jay – Featured on Young And The Restless
A few weeks ago, a music supe asked us if we had any songs with the theme of hope and warmth that would reach across a multi-generational audience. The song would be featured in a montage scene for a Thanksgiving episode of Young and The Restless.
As we looked through our catalog, we realized that most of our available songs leaned a bit to the melancholy side…so Bobby decided to sit down with Daena Jay and see if they could come up with something that fit the bill.
Fast forward a few weeks…we finished an anthemic song with a soaring and hopeful theme, called ‘Lead Us Home.’ The music supe loved the song and it will be featured on Y&R today! Make sure you check it out. Listen to the song here…click on the link to buy!