Jay Sparrow

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Jay Sparrow
Sparrow in 2009
Sparrow in 2009
Background information
OriginEdmonton, Alberta, Canada

Jay Sparrow is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Sparrow was lead singer for the Edmonton punk rock band Murder City Sparrows.[1] However, he eventually decided to dissolve the band and pursue a different musical direction after realizing that he had no punk rock on his iPod, but instead listened mainly to songwriters such as Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen.[2]

He released his first solo EP, The Running, in 2009, and followed up with two more EPs, Good Days Gone By in 2009 and The Tempest Line in 2010, before releasing his full-length album debut, In Our Time, in the fall of 2010.[1] He was the winning Alberta songwriter in the 2009 edition of CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest, for which he wrote and recorded the song "The Ballad of Mary White".[3]


With Murder City Sparrows[edit]

Studio albums

  • Dead Horse Disco (2009)


  • Murder City Sparrows (2006)


Studio albums

  • In Our Time (2010)
  • White (2012)
  • Bluebird (2014)
  • Let Wild Dogs Run (2020)


  • The Running (2009)
  • Good Days Gone By (2010)
  • The Tempest Line (2010)


  1. ^ a b "Local musician Jay Sparrow celebrates album release" Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Edmonton Examiner, November 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Jay Sparrow". Breakfast Television Edmonton (CKEM-TV), September 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Finalists In Radio 2′s Great Canadian Song Quest" Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. FYI Music, November 24, 2009.

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