Jay Semko is an award winning Canadian composer, songwriter, performer and voiceover artist. Jay has worked as music composer for numerous film and television productions, including one of Canada's most successful internationally syndicated TV series, "Due South". Due South made history as the first Canadian-made dramatic television series to debut and air during primetime on a major network in the USA (CBS-TV). 66 episodes were made from 1993-1998, and Jay had the privilege of working under Oscar, Emmy and Gemini Award winning producer/writer/director Paul Haggis, who created Due South. After the first season of Due South Jay worked under Jeff King and Paul Gross as producers for the remaining seasons of the show.
Jay received 2 Gemini Award nominations, with co-composers Jack Lenz and John McCarthy, for his work on Due South - 1995 and 1996 for Best Music Score in a Dramatic Series. Jay won the SMPIA Award(1995) and MMPIA Blizzard Award(1997) for Best Music Score for the television movie "Paris or Somewhere", and has worked with many of the best in the entertainment industry since then, including producer Peter Totorici and director Anson Williams on the 2002 TV series "Body and Soul". In 2013 Jay was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (formerly the Gemini Awards) in the category of Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series for his work as music composer on the History Channel television series "Dust Up", and many of Jay's original songs have been placed in film and television productions. Jay is also a voiceover artist and a full ACTRA member (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), and his voice can be heard on television productions and ads on radio and TV across North America.
Many music fans know Jay as singer, songwriter and bassist with the iconic multi-platinum Canadian rock band the Northern Pikes. The Northern Pikes have sold over a million records during the course of their career, touring across Canada, the USA and Japan, and have shared the stage and recorded with many music legends since their inception in 1984 - Garth Hudson, John Sebastian, Robert Palmer and Peter Frampton to name few. As a member of the Northern Pikes, Jay was inducted in 2012 into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Jay has 10 solo releases available on Inner Expression Records, an independent label owned by Jay and his partner Colli Christante - in 2011 his album 'Force of Horses' won the SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year, in 2012 'Sending Love' was nominated for Roots Solo Recording of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards, and recently 'Flora Vista' won the 2015 SCMA Award for Roots Album of the Year. Jay's music scores, songs, stories and live concerts continue to garner him recognition as one of Canada's most prolific musical talents.
Having worked with many of the finest in the film and television industry on many productions over the course of many years, Jay is now utilizing his experience and skills in a new, exciting capacity with his partner Colli K Christante with the formation of Inner Expression Productions and Development Group Inc. With Colli and Jay's combined experience and expertise in the film and television industry, Inner Expression is poised to utilize their extensive knowledge of music, film and television to move forward in new creative endeavours.