Jay Moussa-Mann is an idiosyncratic songwriter whose songs draw on myriad sources. A writer and filmmaker, she released her debut album, Little Deaths in 2019. She has been played repeatedly on BBC Introducing, Tom Robinson’s Show on BBC Radio 6, The Bob Fischer Show on BBC Tees, as well as performing live sessions on BBC Radio Tees. She has performed at Twisterella Festival, The Waiting Room and Middlesbrough Mela. In August 2020 she took part in the Sage Summer Studios Music Residency

Jay’s new ‘What Makes You Think’ is a wistful look at a broken-down relationship, with the dawning realisation that the other person never really loved you. Set against the backdrop of 2020, the song carries more weight when you realise it isn’t about one breakup – it’s about breaking up with the whole world. 

‘What Makes You Think’ is a little over 3 minutes of beautiful vocals and a simple yet catchy acoustic sound which you will fall in love with. The 90’s alt rock sound will take you back to your youth and remind you of the sounds, artist you fell in love with in the 90’s.

The combination of guitar with Jay’s vocals is magical. It starts simply but builds into an incredible single and is guaranteed to induce tears and awaken every hair on the back of your neck. I can imagine this song sounding great live especially in a small venue and I hope I get the chance to hear it being played live soon.


By Ollie Cooper