Jay Sean on being more than a 'British Asian' artist, minorities on screen and moving past tags

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Jay Sean on being more than a 'British Asian' artist, minorities on screen and moving past tags
7th November 2014

R&B singer and songwriter Jay Sean came across the pond with his wife, Thara and 10 month old daughter Ayva to promote his new album which dropped yesterday, The Mistress II. 

The chart-topping artist came back to his old school, Latymer Upper School in west London to give the pupils advice about the music industry and the hard work it took to achieve any success. 

Born in Southall, he studied medicine but gave it up to pursue music.

Since then, he has become the first British Asian artist to sell more than 15 million singles and have a Billboard number one, which he did with his single ‘Down'.

However, he talks about the presumptions people make when they hear he is a 'British Asian' artist and what effect that has had on his career. He also describes why tags aren't always helpful, and how he has worked to move past that. 

Although he’s had four top 10 hits in the UK, he is a bigger hit in the states and has featured on the popular Jay Leno show. 

Though he’s staying firmly stuck in New York, Jay says he'll be popping back regularly to visit his mum and dad, who are loving being grandparents for the first time.


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