THE ‘VOICE’: Kirk Jay entertains at Female Factor

Published 9:59 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Kirk Jay is not the traditional country music singer. He doesn’t wear Stetson hats or rattlesnake skin cowboy boots but he has “The Voice.”

The rising “country” singer from Bay Minette was in concert Wednesday at Park Memorial United Methodist Church and hosted by The Female Factor. From beginning to end, Kirk Jay, had the ladies in his “sway.”

A sea of Smart Phones captured every word and every movement of Kirk Jay so his concert will be enjoyed many times over. But, in the moment, nearly 200 ladies were mesmerized by Kirk Jay’s voice that captured third place in the 2018 episode of the popular television singing competition, “The Voice.”

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“I could have listened to Kirk Jay sing all night,” said Daphne Coppage. “He was amazing.”

Even better than on television, said Claudia Butler.

“He is a fantastic singer and he is also a great performer,” Butler said. “He interacted with the audience and joked. Those are things about him that we weren’t able to see on television. Everybody had a good time.”

And, Kirk Jay allowed the ladies to see his serious side as he talked about his God and his mom.

He first gave God the glory for his voice and for the opportunity he has to share, not only his music but his faith.

“Kirk Jay puts his trust in God and I could relate to what he said about fighting the battles in our lives,” said Catherine Jordan. “He said God gives the toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. So, when battles come, we must know that we have the strength to fight them.”

Kirk Jay’s mom was a strong influence and a guiding force in his life.

“My mom always liked country music so I always heard country music,” Kirk Jay said. “But, I loved all genre of music blues, R&B, gospel, country. I loved it all.”

But, it was a song by Rascal Flatts titled “God Bless the Broken Road” that cemented Kirk Jay in country music.

“When I heard that song I had such a strong feeling about the music,” Kirk Jay said. “It was such a strong feeling. I kept thinking, ‘why am I feeling this way?’”

It was a feeling that the young singer didn’t get from other genres of music. He realized that he was a country singer.

Kirk Jay, laughingly, said he is not immediately recognized as a country music artist. In fact, those who don’t know are taken a-back by his admission.

Country music singers shouldn’t wear Nike sneakers or Yeezys or Vans. Country music singers are expected to wear cowboy hats and boots and chew a hay straw.

But Kirk Jay’s heart is in country and those who hear him sing have no doubt.

Just ask Sweetie Mae Siler whose mother wouldn’t let her dance when she was a little girl.

But Kirk Jay had even Siler doing a little dance.

To close the concert, Kirk Jay had every lady on her feet and those feet weren’t standing still. The applause and cheers were genuinely appreciative of the man and his music.

Ginger Rodgers said there is nothing like country music and, when Kirk Jay sings country, there is no doubt that he has God and country music in his heart.