Clarence Ranjith Jeyaretnam better known as Clarence Jey is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage who has had music chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, a Grammy-winning record and worked on various award-winning US television shows including an Emmy-nominated show.
In 2011, Jey was part of ARK Music Factory and in association with Patrice Wilson was instrumental in one of the largest internet viral sensations in history, “Friday”, by Rebecca Black, which had over 200 million YouTube hits. He co-wrote and produced/engineered the controversial song, which reached the US Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes Top 20 in March 2011, which was referred to as “genius” by the music executive, Simon Cowell. “Friday” was covered by the cast of Fox network’s show Glee, that resulted in their version of “Friday” entering the Hot 100 as well as the iTunes Top 10. In 2013, the US Late Night host Jimmy Fallon’s Grammy-winning second album, Blow Your Pants Off, included “Friday”, as performed by Fallon and Stephen Colbert.
Jey has also worked in film. In 2014, he produced and composed songs, and was music supervisor for the martial arts actor Jean-Claude Van Damme film, Full Love, which premiered at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Jey worked with the US reality show, Famous in 12 produced by Harvey Levin of TMZ on The CW network, where he was invited to assist the up-and-coming artist to find her dream.
In 2015, Clarence Jey produced music for Grammy winning R’nB Group, All-4-One’s record, “Twenty+”, which was released in July, 2015.
In 2016, Clarence Jey composed music and wrote lyrics for the musical theater show “Jambalaya The Musical”, along with his production partner, Jeff Barry, American songwriter and the winner of Ahmet Ertegün Award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Clarence Jey was involved in part of the music in the Hallmark Channel movie titled “My Christmas Love”, as well as Australian TV comedy series Please Like Me.