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Jay Dee Springbett

As the head of A&R Sony Music, Jay Dee has signed and worked with some of the biggest names in Australian music...

Born in the north of England, the son of a Vicar and the only non-musician in a very musical family, Jay Dee had a lot to prove when he made his way down to London. Touring Europe as a Drum & Bass MC in his late teens, he remained within the smoky clubs and pubs of the UK capital by managing bands throughout his early twenties.

Partnering up with management guru Jonathan Shalit (Charlotte Church, Jamelia), the world of British pop opened its doors to Jay Dee. Before long, he was at the helm of huge UK acts such as Big Brovaz, Artful Dodger, and Jamelia, enjoying chart and critical success across the board. Needless to say this time enabled Jay Dee to create a black book filled with international songwriter and producer contacts and connections.

In 2004, Jay Dee moved to Australia after a fateful meeting with Sony Music CEO Denis Handlin. Now Head of A&R Sony Music, he has signed and worked with some of the biggest names in Australian music including Rogue Traders, Jessica Mauboy, Karnivool, and Cassie Davis to name a few.

But it hasn't been all business for Jay Dee down under. He's also managed to create a beautiful family with his Australian fiancé and two little girls&looks like Australia's just earned itself another talented ex-pat.