Wow! When I first met Jonathan Gutierrez – better known as Baby Jay these days – he was quite literally just a kid. I want to say he was 10 or younger, but I don’t remember for sure. He was definitely a preteen. I was a stringer for the local newspaper and his story was one of my first assignments. We met at his manager’s home in Galena Park where the kid would spend countless hours after school every day perfecting his craft under the watchful eye of Rolando Cuellar, his manager.
The kid could rap, I remember thinking, though he was a bit young.
Over the years, we’d kept in contact off and on. Baby Jay traveling the country, meeting all of the biggest names in the Latino music scene, finishing school and going on to college, all while rigorously continuing to pursue his musical aspirations. Myself, dabbling in this and that until finally landing here, my home online. It had been a couple of years since we last spoke. Though, this morning when he sent me the below tweet I was ecstatic to hear how great he still sounds!
@Juanofwords RT If you love music and are following your dream!! Let me know what you think! http://t.co/YHNA38SZ #ImJustMe
— Baby Jay (@BabyJayMusic) July 3, 2012
Of course, I had to share!
Thanks so much for showing love and wow yea the first time we met was a long time ago. Thanks for sharing the story and like i said today i was just sharing my new music with friends/fans to show them a lil bit of what is on my new album “Luv & Respect” which is available on my website and itunes as well.
Baby Jay, it’s my total pleasure! It’s always been a point of personal pride for me to see how much success you’ve continued to achieve over the years. Congratulations y Pa’lante!!