Jhay Cortez was 10 years old when he discovered his love for reggaeton music. Artists and producers including Luny Tunes and Don Omar sparked his interest and connection with the urban genre. “I just knew I wanted to be a singer,” he says to Billboard.
At 11, he began writing his own music, at 16, he began his career, and at 22, he became more involved with the industry. Now, with three years in the music biz and collaborations with artists such as J Balvin and Zion & Lennox, the rising Puerto Rican artist presents his debut studio album dubbed Famouz.
Released May 24 via Universal Music Latin, the set is home to 13 tracks that perfectly sum up Jhay’s sound. “I want my music to reach a famous level. It’s not about the money or the celebrity status,” he says. “I just want my music to be exposed. At this point in my career, I feel very confident about the color of my sound,” he adds, stating that Latin urban fusions with hip-hop and R&B come from his musical influences such as Don Omar, Drake and Travis Scott.