I was born in Fornfelt, Missouri but grew up in Cahokia, Illinois. I graduated grade and high school from Cahokia Commonfields High School. After high school, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and worked in medical administration for four years. Thereafter, I opened my own small business and renovated property in South St. Louis. While running the business I attended Forest Park Community College where I got an associate degree. Later I got a B.A. in psychology from Webster University. I wrote over 150 songs that are now on youtube. I self published a CD of my music titled: Intimate The Music of Jay Holder. I recently had a book published by Author House titled Poems and Short Stories Jay Holder. This is my second book published by Author House. I am currently retired and living in South St. Louis county, I'm a long time resident of the St. Louis area.