Jay Mankita is a celebrated songwriter, innovative guitarist, and upbeat performing artist. Jay's songs move with a positive grace, from the sweet and sublime through the topical and political, to the humorous and absurd.

He's recorded 6 albums, performed in over 2000 venues, and has recently seen 3 of his iconic songs, 'Living Planet', 'I Am A Dolphin', and 'From A Dog's Stance', in the new 'Rise Again’ songbook, the follow-up to the much-loved ‘Rise Up Singing’ collection. Several of his songs are performed and recorded by artists worldwide.

Jay is a family man, an unofficial tetherball champion, and a teaching artist who builds Rube Goldberg Machines, and teaches basic engineering and physics to kids through his ongoing project, Playful Engineers.