12/31/12

Logan Ryan Declares for NFL Draft


Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan has declared for the NFL draft. An incredibly hard worker, Logan has demonstrated the skill needed for the NFL, and has opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to enter the draft early. This makes him the fifth player from Rutgers since 2008 to do so. 

"Ryan currently ranks first in the conference and tied for eighth nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.50 per game. He also earned ALL-BIG EAST First Team recognition, as well as all-conference honors from ESPN.com and CBSSports.com (scarletknights.com)."

Congratulations Logan! I couldn't be more proud of you. I'm glad to see you following your dreams and I know that you'll go on to do great things. Continue to make the family proud. If you ever need anything, we're all supporting you!
-Jay P- 

12/30/12

2012 Reflection: Happy New Year !


Wow. That's really the first thing that comes to mind when I think that 2012 is almost over. I say this every time I write a reflection, but I'm so lucky and blessed to have all my readers in my life. None of this would be possible if it weren't for you guys. 

I've met some amazing people this year and I'm so grateful for that. I was also fortunate enough to interview a wide variety of notable persons. Shout out to everyone who agreed to an interview this year. I truly appreciate it and I wish you all the best.

I feel like I really discovered who my real friends were in 2012. My best friend and I sorted things out this year and I'm so happy for that. Here's some advice from me to each and every one of you; never let your pride keep you from apologizing to someone who deserves it. Sometimes you have to admit your wrong so you don't lose people that mean a lot to you.

Of course, graduation was also a huge milestone this year. Shout out to the class of 2012. I'll be the first to admit that a lot of us have drifted but I know that we are still a strange, dysfunctional family. Thank you for everyone from my class that has supported me. It means the world to me. 

 Overall this year has been amazing. I know this is a vague post but there' just so many blessings in 2012 that I can't really write it all down. Shout out to my friends, family, and readers who are always there for me. Of course, a special shout out to Dylan. You're the brother I've always wanted. I know we annoy each other nonstop sometimes but thank you for everything. I couldn't ask for a better friend. I can honestly say that I'm becoming a mature young adult. Graduating high school really put things in perspective for me. I'm not a little kid anymore. This is the real world and I'm ready to make a name for myself. 2013 better be ready because Dylan and I are taking over! 

Stay tuned for our video blog coming later this week. They'll be a special announcement from me in there that you won't want to miss. This has been an awesome year. Thank you for everything. Stay safe tomorrow. I'll talk to you in 2013.
-Jay P-

12/28/12

Dylan Bernard - "Be Alright" Cover


Dylan recently covered Justin Bieber's song Be Alright! This is definitely oen of my favorite covers of his so be sure to check it out. If you're not following Dylan on Twitter yet please do so @DTBMuzic.  Thank you for all the support! If you have any song suggestions feel free to leave them below. Enjoy!
-Jay P- 

12/24/12

Merry Christmas !


I haven't been blogging much recently as I've been getting ready for Christmas, but I wanted to take the time out of my day to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! You guys are seriously the best and I am so grateful to have you as my readers. Have a safe day tomorrow with your families. Dylan and I will be back after Christmas. We have a lot of stuff to share with you all in the coming days. I hope you're ready!

Anyway, Merry Christmas! Enjoy my friend Courtney Zahn's cover of O Holy Night! It's amazing and I'm sure that you all are going to love it. Subscribe to her and watch her other videos. She's incredible! 
-Jay P- 

12/22/12

Alicia Keys - Brand New Me Music Video


I don't know why I just discovered this song/music video but I love it! Alicia Keys released the video for Brand New Me on Tuesday, and although I just came across it, I felt the need to share it with you guys. I love the song, the melody, the lyrics, everything about it. Alicia Keys will always be one of my favorite singers of all time! I hope you enjoy.
-Jay P- 

12/19/12

Dylan Bernard - "You Found Me" by The Fray


Unfortunately, YouTube took down Dylan's cover of "You Found Me" by The Fray for reasons beyond our control. The video had over 11,000 views, and although starting over is hard, we will not give up. Please watch and share this video with all of your friends so we can get it back to where it deserves to be. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support.
-Jay P-

12/18/12

Cassadee Pope Wins The Voice


Singer Cassadee Pope was just announced as the winner of The Voice! This gives Blake Shelton the win for two years in row now. I can't say that I'm overly thrilled that she won, but then again, I didn't like the other options either. I believe she deserved the title out of the remaining contestants, but I would've much rather seen the final three to be; Melanie Martinez, Amanda Brown, and Trevin Hunt. If any one of them won I would've been so happy.

Regardless, congratulations to Cassadee Pope. I'm looking forward to seeing what your next move will be. Are you happy with tonight's results? Let me know below!
-Jay P- 

12/16/12

Jay Swag TV - We Need Ideas!


We hope you enjoy the video! Please comment below, and let us know what you want us to do in future episodes! Also, be sure to catch us on Ustream every Sunday at 7pm est!
-Jay P- 

12/14/12

Pray For Newtown


This story is sickening to me, and I don't want really want to get into too much detail. This is a very traumatic experience for everyone involved, and sometimes too much media attention can make things harder. I just want to say that the families and children that were victim to the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut are in my prayers today, and I urge to to keep them in your prayers as well. It baffles me that someone, regardless of their mental stability, would be able to walk into an elementary school and open fire on innocent children. Too many lives were lost today. I cannot even fathom what these families are going through, but to anyone involved  please know that the rest of us are praying for you. You are not alone. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
-Jay P- 

12/11/12

Skylar Grey & Eminem Release "C'mon Let Me Ride" Music Video


Skylar Grey and Eminem are back at it again! This time the two collaborated on a song off Skylar's upcoming album Don't Look Down, titled C'mon Let Me Ride. The song is definitely humorous and sarcastic and the video definitely depicts that perfectly. I actually love what they did with the music video and the song is pretty catchy as well. Let me know what you think!
-Jay P-

12/10/12

Jessica Jarrell - This Christmas


Friend to JaySwag.com, Jessica Jarrell, joins the countless other artists who have covered This Christmas, as she sings the Christmas classic in her latest YouTube video. The very first time I heard her sing I knew that she would be a star! Her voice is amazing and I love her vibrato. She definitely doesn't disappoint with this cover either. I hope you all enjoy the cover just as much as I did. It really gets me in the Christmas mood!

Be sure to check out my interview with Jessica Jarrell by clicking HERE
-Jay P- 

12/6/12

Carly Rose Sonenclar Goes Bieber

This girl is so amazing! Every time she performs I always forget that she is only 13-years-old. Last night the little diva belted out an "unplugged" version of Justin Bieber's As Long As You Love Me, and boy oh boy did she sing! After this performance I think it's very obvious that Carly Rose has what it takes to win this whole competition. The amount of control that she possesses is ridiculous. I've never heard anyone so young have so much control and such a mature tone.

For her second performance, she sang If I Were A Boy by Beyonce. She did that song justice too! Carly, in my opinion, has been the strongest contestant throughout the whole competition. She has never had an "off" week and her ability to stay consistently good definitely shows. What did you guys think of Carly's two performances? Will she be the winner of The X Factor?
-Jay P- 

12/4/12

"The Voice" Reveals The Final Four


It's the time again! It's time for NBC's The Voice to have it's final episodes. Tonight, the final four contestants were revealed and, I must say, I'm a little disappointed 

The final four are....
Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope, both from Team Blake, and Trevin Hunte and Nichoals David, both from Team Cee Lo.

That means Melanie Martinez and Amanda Brown got the boot tonight, ridding Adam of his final two contestants. Adam now joins Christina who also has no contestants left for the finals. While I believe Trevin and Cassadee deserve to be there, I would've loved to see Melanie or Amanda in the finals as well. I loved both of their voices. Melanie was so unique and whenever she sang you knew it was her. Amanda has an incredible range, and although she was pitchy at times, she still proved that she was one of the strongest singers in the competition.

Anyway, that's pretty much the recap! Who are you rooting for in the finale?
-Jay P- 

12/3/12

YouTube Artist of the Month: Camille Peruto

It's been a little while since I posted a YouTube Artist of the Month, so first let me apologize for that! I've been so busy and tied up working on my website and with Dylan that I haven't had time to discover new talent. That being said, I am back with a new artist that I believe you will love!
A few weeks ago Dylan and I went to support a friend of ours (you'll be seeing her on Jay Swag next month) at an open mic night near us, and while we were there we had the pleasure of hearing Camille Peruto perform her original song, Sparrow. I spoke with Camille after the show. We traded information and have been in contact ever since. She possesses such a unique voice, and I believe we will be hearing a lot more about her in the near future. Be sure to subscribe to her YouTube Channel and like her Facebook Page www.facebook.com/camilleperutomusic. 
-Jay P- 

12/1/12

Dylan Bernard Covers "Little Things" by One Direction


It's that time again! Here's Dylan's weekly cover. This time Dylan covered One Direction's latest hit Little Things. We both love this song and we hope you enjoy Dylan's rendition of it. Comment below with your thoughts and song suggestions for next week's video!
-Jay P-