Brief Bio

Jay has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of music as a career. He started the Winnipeg-based band “Sans John Henry”. The band independently produced and released a 5 song E.P. and then a debut full-length album titled, “Zeal”. After repositioning themselves by embracing a harder rock sound and changing their name to “Fleshtone Rockets” (FTR), the band beat out over 150 acts from Manitoba and Saskatchewan to win the 92Citi FM-sponsored “Next Big Thing Contest” with Jay’s original songs. FTR went on to record a full length album in Toronto, and then released a 5 song EP.   In early 2004, Jay moved to Calgary to pursue a solo career and spent the next year working toward his first solo release, Letters.Vol.1 which was released at the beginning of 2006. Touring to promote “Letters”, the band became known as “Jay Burns & The Council” and eventually evolved into “The Council”. In late 2008, the Council released, "Recover" which has sold several thousand copies to date and charted Top 5 on a few Alberta radio stations.  The Council also placed first in the Alberta Big Rock - Rock Star Contest.  Shortly after the CD was released, The Council parted ways but from the ashes came Jay and ex-partner Sheri Young`s duo cover band “Cumberland”, who performed for several years in and around Calgary and Alberta. Burns also released his second solo CD, `Post Script`.
2013 saw the demise of Cumberland and the relocation of Burns to his hometown of Winnipeg and the return of the original Fleshtone Rockets! Winnipeg has also seen the rebirth of Burns`s solo recording career.
Bloody Sundays is the latest evolution for Jay.  Stay tuned for exciting new music and news from this venture!

Currently, Jay is transitioning from bars to private functions and studio work.  AS well as writing, recording and producing 3 new projects.