Singer/Songwriter/Producer Jay Delano (Gerel Koningsverdraag) was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Already at a young age he had a deep desire to become an artist. At the age of fourteen he started to write his own lyrics on instrumentals from known recording artists.
He got inspired by singers such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bell Biv Devoe, Jodeci, Guy, Today, Troop, Brian Mcknight, Black Street and Jagged Edge, but also by a lot of rap artists from back in the days like Big Daddy Kane, Special Ed, LL cool J, EPMD, Kool G rap and Polo and many more.
He started singing in boygroups and performed at some clubs and local stages and after a few years he decided to start a solo career. He had a few nine to five jobs to be able to buy himself some recording equipment and he started to produce his own songs.
In 1996 Jay met two producers from Germany, one of them is known for his productions on Scatman John, who sold 7 million copies worldwide and the other was responsible for the success of one of Germany's well known dance act U96.
The guys started a new project together and they were looking for a singer for their pop/rap project.
They recorded their first single in January 1997 and 2 weeks later the song was listed in the top 100 in Germany on the 37th position.
From that moment R'n'G was born and they signed a record deal with Universal Germany. Their second single was listed in the top 20 for more than 6 weeks and their third single was listed on the 14th position in the single charts. The act became more and more popular in Germany and other countries across Europe. They did some major collaborations with both, artists from the U.S.A. and from Europe, mostly focusing on the German market. They even participated on several charity songs together with different artists such as the Backstreet Boys, N sync, The Boys, Blumchen, Mr. President and many others. Their project did very well and R'n'G sold over 1.5 million records in several countries across Europe. They performed on major events, clubs and live television. They've received an award for being the best Eurorap act in 1998 on a major German radio show called R.S.H. and their first album entitled 'The year of R'n'G' even went gold in Poland for selling over 50.000 units. They recorded their second studio album but unfortunately R'n'G's follow up album entitled 'The right time' was not released in Germany or else where because of unsolved issues between the record company and the producers. After negotiation they finally finished their second album which was unfortunately only released in Poland and from that moment Jay decided to leave the band and went back to the Netherlands. In 2006 he released his first solo album called 'Close to you'.
The songs on the album are a mixture of pop and r'n'b music. A few singles from the album were performed live on major events in Poland and some of the songs are still being played on several Polish radio stations. His second album entitled 'Here Comes The Sun' was released in Poland on the 15th of May 2009. He ended up on the 3rd place on the 9th episode of Dancing With The Stars in Poland as well and Jay became the new face for the s'Oliver Spring/Summer Collection 2009 in Poland. He received an award for best upcoming male vocalist and was once nominated for the Eska Music Awards 2009 and two times for the Sopot Hit Festival 2009.