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Yonkers-born, Brooklyn-raised Miles Jaye immersed himself in music at an early age. He studied music theory and classical violin in college and played bass, flute, and keyboards for the military pop band Band of the Pacific while stationed in the Air Force. 

Upon leaving the service, Jaye became a fixture in New York's club scene, which led to him playing electric violin in guitarist Eric Gale's band, and subsequently touring with jazz-disco belter Phyllis Hyman as a backup singer and multi-instrumentalist. Jaye joined the legendary disco troupe the Village People as the police officer in the early 1980s, singing lead vocals on the group's 1983 track "America" and staying in the group for two years.

After leaving the Village People, Jaye sent a demo tape of songs he'd been writing to R&B titan Teddy Pendergrass, who snapped up the multi-talented musician for his label, Top Priority. Jaye's self-produced 1987 solo debut ‘Miles' was a hit on black radio, his gruff voice expressing the sentiments of smashes like "Let's Start Love Over" and "I've Been a Fool For You." 

The 1989 follow-up ‘Irresistible' contained smooth radio hits like "Objective" — featuring Grover Washington, Jr. — and the title track. Jaye also wrote and produced for other artists during the late '80s, including his label boss Pendergrass.

Through the years, Jaye's commitment to music has only grown stronger. He has independently released a slew of solo albums, including 2011's ‘Attenergy' and 2009's ‘The Truth About Love.' He's toured the globe, spotlighting his R&B classics and his jazz-violin investigations. 

In 2017, he opened Miles Jaye's Jazz Café in Jacksonville, Florida, which the weekly magazine Folio deemed part of the city's jazz renaissance. Jaye is himself a renaissance man, engaging in philanthropy, writing novels and plays, and contributing to the Florida newspaper The Florida Star — and he does it all while showcasing his vibrant soul to audiences all over the world.