“That boy gon’ bus’ hell wide open…” That statement uttered by JohnJason “JohnJay” Cecil’s beloved grandmother when he was a toddler pretty much up sums up the character of the outgoing vocalist of THE BUSH LEAGUE. Since his first solo in church at three years of age (“Yes Jesus Loves Me, ironically enough) “JohnJay” wooed and wowed people in the pews and at various talent shows in and around his hometown of Lawrenceville, VA. After over two decades of not singing out in public save to seduce a pretty woman, “JohnJay” decided to try his hand at actually trying to make a little scratch with his vocal cords with best friend and co-founder of THE BUSH LEAGUE Royce Folks at his side.
When people first encounter THE BUSH LEAGUE, they usually stare in disbelief when “JohnJay” reports that THE BUSH LEAGUE is his first time ever being in a band. His powerful and melodious voice coupled with an engaging stage presence helps to color a song in vibrant hues that people remember in distinct detail days after hearing it. With a talent inherited from his mother and influenced by the likes of Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Al Green, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Prince and Bill Withers, emoting in song was never a problem for “JohnJay”. As a relative newcomer to the Blues, “JohnJay” now adds to his influences Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and personal favorite Howlin’ Wolf.
It has been said that “JohnJay” could sing the phone book and make it a hit. While he hasn’t done that yet (“I’m thinkin’ ‘bout it,” he says) what he will do is sing with his whole heart and whatever part of his soul he ain’t pawned off. Whether THE BUSH LEAGUE is covering the progenitors of this good music that spawned all other American music or ripping into one of their ribald originals, you can best believe you will love what you hear.
“Geraldine’s boy ain’t never backed down from a challenge…”