Meet Jay Copeland, American Idol contestant from Maryland who has been stealing hearts with his performance. Learn about his parents, partner, height, and his journey in American Idol.
In addition, we also touch on the subject of gay rumor related to Jay. So, here’s Jay Copeland Bio. Keep scrolling down to learn more about him.
Jay Copeland American Idol Journey
Jay Copeland is a contestant on American Idol 2022. In the audition round, Jay performed Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder. He already had Judger Katie Perry up on her feet and by the end of the song, all three judges stood up and gave him an ovation for his phenomenal performance. Hence, Jay walked home with his platinum ticket.
As a platinum ticket holder, Jay received the honor of being able to pick his duet partner and he chose Morgan Gruber. They performed Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. In the final solo performance, he sang “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri which got him into the Top 24.
In the next round, Jay sang I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 and advanced to the Top 20. He then performed You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse but his performance put him in danger of elimination because of the lack of enough votes. He then sang “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. The judges chose to save him from elimination, making him a finalist.
Making it into the Top 14, Jay performed “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars and was safe to proceed to another week.
In Top 10, Jay performed Lilac Wine by Jeff Buckley. The song was chosen by Katy Perry for him.
Is Jay Copeland Gay?
No, Jay Copeland is not gay, or at least, hasn’t confirmed that he is gay. The rumors of the singer being gay ignited based on “the slightly high-pitched voice”. On top of that, a lot of men have approached him in the comment section of his social media post which suggested that he might be gay.
Furthermore, he was also hanging out with his friend David Perry (@theonlydavidperry) at a world-famous gay bar named The Food & Bar – West Hollywood. Moreover, he was also tagged in a post of a friend who captioned, “Appreciating this beautiful chocolate I have in my life, and the fact we are leaving for Vegas in a day 😜🌈🥂”.
But as already stated, Jay Copeland hasn’t confirmed his sexual orientation just yet.
Jay Copeland Partner
Per the social media post, Jay Copeland appears single. He has only 36 posts on the platform. And none of the posts suggest to him have a partner in his life.
Who Are Jay Copeland Parents?
Jay Copeland was born to his parents Ronisha Ryder (Copeland) and Rah Ryder. Ray Ryder appears to be his step-father. Per his mother’s social media post, she raised him as a single mother.
Ronisha wrote in a lengthy post, “My greatest gifts are my babies. Yes, I cried as he load up and packed. For 12 years it was just Us. He was my protector, my cry baby, my star wars, and my singer. Now he’s all grown up and has become the most amazing guy. And I’m proud to be his momma. He’s still my protector and my singer. The star wars and the crying has stopped thank God. Watching him embrace his younger siblings and tell them how to behave and what not to do melt my heart. They embrace each other and of course, it was photo time. The major age difference between all of them”.
Jay appears close to his stepfather. In May 2017 on Rah’s birthday he wrote, “HAPPY BDDDAAAY TO RUFIEEE(Father). THANKS FOR ALWAYS MAKING MY MOMMY HAPPY AND ALWAYS TRYING TO EMBARRASS ME IN FRONT OF MY FRIENDS! you’re THE BEST!”.
From his mom’s second marriage, he has two younger brothers.
Jay comes from a family of musicians. His mother is a singer and has performed publicly with him before. His cousin Madison Copeland (@madisoncopelandmusic) who attended Parkside High School, is also a singer-songwriter.
Whereas, he might also have two older brothers/cousins named Madison and Darien.
Jay’s biological father is not known but his maternal uncle is Josh Copeland (@josh.copeland.129). In 2019, Josh was the finalist on BET’s gospel music show “Sunday Best“.
Jay Copeland Height
Jay Copeland has been admired on his Instagram for his good looks. In addition, he stands tall to a height under 5 feet 10 inches.
Jay Copeland Job
Jay Copeland has always been an aspiring singer and an actor. As a 9th grader, Jay took the stage in James M. Bennett High School’s annual “Rock & Roll Revival Show”. Upon meeting Jay, former director Christie Wersen “could tell right then he was going to be a superstar.”
“He took the stage like a star from freshman year,” Wersen, who now lives in Las Vegas, said. “There was no denying his incredible talent.” As a dancer, Jay was “willing to try anything,” according to choreographer Katie Nuttall Oakley. She described the American Idol contestant as multitalented.
Jay spent all four years of his high school career on the legendary show. He subsequently went to Salisbury University, where he was taught by Copeland’s tutor, John Wesley Wright. Copeland has known Wesley Wright, an associate professor of music since he was in middle school.
Copeland was simple to teach and intellectually curious as a student, according to Wesley Wright. Music and theater were Copeland’s majors. He received first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition while in college.
One judge even told Copeland that if he didn’t end up on Broadway someday, he would “eat his judge’s sheet,” according to Wesley Wright. Jay graduated from Salisbury University in 2020. The university posted about his audition on social media.
How Old Is Jay Copeland?
Jay Copeland is 23 years old at the time of this writing.
Where Is Jay Copeland From?
Jay Copeland hailed from Salisbury, Maryland.
When Is Jay Copeland Birthday?
Jay Copeland’s birthday falls on 12 September.
How Much Is Jay Copeland Net Worth?
Jay Copeland’s current net worth is under $100 thousand.