Born in Macon, Georgia to Jerry and Sally Croft, two talented singers, Jay was encouraged in the music field. In his youth, Jay sang in church, played piano, and played saxophone in the school band while living in Brunswick, Georgia.

In 1982, the Croft family moved to Sandersville, Georgia where Jay was active in school and Church. At Brentwood School, Jay sang as part of Solo and Quartet in regional school competitions. In the 1983-1984 school year, Jay placed Third in Region in Solo. As a member of Quartet, Jay et al placed Third in Region in 1982-1983 and Regional Champs in 1983-1984. He graduated from Brentwood in 1985.

Jay was also a member of the touring Youth Choir at Sandersville United Methodist Church. As part of the youth choir, Jay sang solos, duets and narrated in the 1983 and 1984 tours. He was also President of the Youth Group.

After taking a tour of Georgia colleges, Jay finally settled on Georgia Southern College (now University) where he graduated in 1991 with a BA in Anthropology and in 1993 with a Masters of Recreation Administration. While in college, He was vice-president of the GSU Anthropological Society. Jay also presented papers on Archaeology at various conferences one of which was published in Early Georgia, the Journal of The Society for Georgia Archaeology.

In 1998, Jay changed careers and moved into IT as a Quality Assurance Analyst. He also tinkers with web development (this site being one).

On June 30, 2001, in a private ceremony, Jay was married to Ms. Tammy Stout. Today they live in Buford with 9 beautiful children of the feline species.

Jay was always interested in acting, but it was not until 2004, with the encouragement of Mark Gray, friend and actor, that he started taking acting classes and attending auditions.

In June 2013, Jay was asked to be come an Associate Board Member of the New Dawn Theater Company. Jay is excited to become a member of a wonderful theater company and looks forward to his role in helping the theater grow in the community and as a business and as a source for the arts.