Jae Deal

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Jae Deal
Origin Baltimore, Maryland
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Genres Pop, hip hop, gospel, modern jazz, classical
Occupation(s) Music producer, musician, composer, musical director, orchestrator, arranger, Music executive
Instruments Keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizer, drums, Reason, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Akai MPC & MPD, Korg
Years active 1994-present
Associated acts Janet Jackson, Elton John, Diane Warren, Lady Gaga, MC Lyte, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Jill Scott, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary
Website www.jaedeal.net

Jae Deal is an American composer, arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop. He is also a session keyboardist, programmer, and bassist in Los Angeles, California.[1] Jae Deal has worked behind the scenes and on stage with several premiere artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Mary Mary, Karen Clark Sheard, Ne-Yo, Faith Evans, Tye Tribbett, T-Pain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis.[2][3][4][5] He has also contributed to the works of Elton John, Jill Scott and songwriter, Diane Warren.[2][4] Other projects have included performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and musical direction for Kirk Franklin’s Youth Ministry at Faithful Central Bible Church.[6]

Early life[edit]

Jae Deal is from Baltimore, Maryland and began playing instruments at the age of seven. He attended Friends School of Baltimore, the oldest private school in Baltimore, and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.[2] By the time Jae was in high school, he was already a skillful bass guitar and synthesizer player. By the tenth grade, he was participating in PBS specials, international tours, and performances for the Pope with Dr. Nathan Carter of the Morgan State University Choir.[7] Shortly after high school, Gospel music producer Steven Ford hired Jae to play on two major gospel recordings. The first was Vickie Winans, Live in Detroit.[7] It was her first live recording and it was nominated for a Stellar Award.[8] The second was T.D. Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed.[7] It won a Stellar Award and was Grammy nominated.[9]

Jae Deal attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics.[2]


After moving to Los Angeles, Jae Deal began working with young pop artists such as Christina Milian, Marques Houston, and Omarion.[1] Jae Deal also performed with his childhood friend, Mario (entertainer) on Good Morning America.[10] Deal continued to work as a live musician, orchestrator, director and programmer and live musician for several tours, and recording sessions. Projects included Elton John, Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics, Mary Mary, Karen Clark Sheard and Jill Scott.[7] Other projects have included Christmas specials, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, performing alongside Wynton Marsalis in Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony debut and a year and a half stint as arranger with legendary songwriter Diane Warren.[2]

In 2008, Jae served as the orchestrator and Pro Tools programmer on Janet Jackson's "Rock Witchu Tour".[3]

Deal is currently refining what he describes as a topological methodology for analyzing and composing music.[2]


Jae Deal has worked with Queen Latifah, Elton John, Mary Mary, Snoop Dogg, Andraé Crouch, Diane Warren, Ne-Yo, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott, George Duke, Teddy Riley, Wynton Marsalis, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, T.D. Jakes, Kirk Franklin, Joe Jonas, Frank McComb, T-Pain, Jessica Simpson, Tyrese, Sy Smith, Tonéx, Kelly Rowland, Raheem DeVaughn, Mario (entertainer), Karen Clark Sheard, Patti LaBelle, Dru Hill, MC Lyte, Mike Jones (rapper), Kat Deluna, Marvin Winans, Vickie Winans, Omarion, Soulful Symphony, Faith Evans, Kim Burrell, Case (singer), Jagged Edge (band), Ginuwine & Avant.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][10]

Additional work[edit]

  • Jae Deal, along with Monica Payne, is the co-creator & producer of #FLASHLIGHT a progressive musical performance series based in Los Angeles. Featured musicians include producers Ethan Farmer, Keith Harris, Ish a.k.a. “Wow Jones” & Tony Royster. Featured DJs include MC Lyte and DJ Smooth Dee.[11]
  • Jae Deal produced and directed the performances of the Millennium Harmony Orchestra at the AFRAM arts festival in Baltimore, MD.[12][13]


In addition to Jae’s involvement in music as a profession, he also participates in music tutoring programs and works as a motivational speaker:[7]

  • UCLA – "Ethnomusicology M119: The Cultural History of Rap (Hip Hop)" - Los Angeles , CA - Jae Deal was a guest lecturer discussing the chronology of technological development alongside the Hip-Hop culture, considering future trends in Hip-Hop technology.[14]
  • G.A.M.E. (Gilmor and Morgan Exchange) - Baltimore, MD - Jae Deal was founder and director of The GAME program, of the 503 Academy, which connected Gilmor Elementary School students with college students from Morgan State University for mentoring.[13][15]

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Endorsements / affiliations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Chen, Ming. "AN EXTREMELY GOOD DEAL: JAE DEAL". Korg USA Inc. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dougla, Dr. "A Conversation with Jae Deal: Versatility + Consistency". The Preface Network. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "KORG Proview, p.23" (PDF). Musiclink Australia. Korg USA. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Jae Deal Discography". DISCOGS. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Thaddaeus Tribbett, Jae, Dana Sorey, Pudge, Parris Bowens - NYE '08". Tye Tribbett. Youtube. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Faithful Central Bible Church Musicians Spread The Gospel Of Reason". Church Technology Resources. Technologies for Worship Magazine - Stockholm, Sweden. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Jae Deal with Mario". Artist Article. Korg USA. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Vickie Winans: The Complete History Of A Gospel Music Institution". Music Articles. Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bishop T.D. Jakes Biography" (PDF). Bio. GodsLeadingLadies.com. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Korg Completes Jae Deal's Sonic Equation". Korg Article. Music Gear Review. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  11. ^ Payne, Monica. "#FLASHLIGHT MC LYTE...Vocal Host MEDUSA This Tuesday Sept 28th". Flashlight. Monica Payne. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Millennium Harmony" (PDF). The Preface News. The Preface. 
  13. ^ a b "503 Academy 2000". WJZ-13 News. Youtube. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Ethnomusicology M119: The Cultural History of Rap (Hip Hop)". Lecture. UCLA. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Edison Schools Names Four-Star School Award Winners; Twelve Principals Achieve Highest Recognition.". FirstCall Article. The Free Library. 
  16. ^ "ACE / Repertory: Jae Deal". ASCAP. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "SpyCam January 2007 - NAMM". Booth Day 1. Propellerhead. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  18. ^ "Jae Deal with Ne-Yo Talks About Moog". Moog Music Inc. Youtube. 
  19. ^ "ROLI". roli.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 

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