Jonathan Hay is both a publicist and producer. He’s been called a “crisis management expert” by Rolling Stone Magazine and a “crisis publicist” by The New York Times. He’s been called a “media mogul” by Fox News and he’s often quoted in the national mainstream press. However, he’s also a successful record producer with billions of streams under his belt and Billboard plaques in multiple genres. The International Business Times called Hay “a legendary producer“.
“Jonathan Hay grew up listening to his mother play piano, and experimented with hip-hop and electronic music in high school. He got his start in the music business as a publicist, and developed a reputation for his bold, controversial approach to spreading the word about his clients, which included fabricating salacious rumors about their lives and careers. Hay has worked with Death Row Records, Sony Music, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube, and many other major artists. Hay met Mike Smith when the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer approached him about working as his publicist. (Smith had worked with RZA, T.I., the Game, and DJ Khaled, among others.) Soon, the two became collaborators as they launched a record label, SMH Records, and became involved with BET’s hip-hop talent search show One Shot.” – Written by AllMusic