pub·li·cist   [noun]   One who publicizes, especially a press or publicity agent.

Celebrity publicists promote the careers of celebrities by generating publicity through sending out press releases, scheduling radio and TV interviews and arranging personal appearances. They also use their industry connections to help celebrities find projects to work on and to help keep them fresh in the public’s eye.

Established by Jonathan Hay, a PR powerhouse and multi-platinum media guru, Jonathan Hay Publicity has launched national media campaigns for a wide range of entertainment clients. Our company, otherwise known as JHP, has expanded worldwide to include international clients, as well as domestic. However, we are a boutique agency that specializes in giving individualized attention to each and every client.
Our fully-staffed publicity and marketing team goes above and beyond the call of standard unit publicity, and will assist you every step of the way, from getting your project acquired, marketed to audiences, or seen by major critics and media outlets.

JONATHAN HAY PUBLICITY offers these in-house services:
+ Publicity // Public Relations
+ Product Placement
+ Media Training // Interview Prep
+ Image Evaluation & Consultation
+ Graphic Art Services
+ Websites
+ Production

We also offer Emergency Crisis Management (Damage Control), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on holidays. Please click here for more information.

JONATHAN HAY PUBLICITY has placed content and maintains a working relationship with top media outlets such as: TMZ, Radar Online, Billboard, HipHopdx, MTV, Perez Hilton, Complex, Celebuzz, The Wendy Williams Show, XXL Magazine, USA Today, SOHH, Hollywood Life, The Source, Rolling Stone Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Huffington Post, US Weekly, Wet Paint, International Business Times, New York Post, E! News, ESPN, OMG from Yahoo!, Power 106, The Boombox, The DailyMail (UK), Blackvoices, 2DopeBoyz, Fox News, Concrete Loop, VH1, BallerStatus, (Australia), Ace Showbiz, WorldStarHipHop, Reuters, Yahoo! News, DJ Booth, Hip-Hop Weekly, TheStir, Funkmaster Flexx, Jossip, Shade45, Greg Street, Variety Magazine, Vevo, Dubcnn, KarmaLoop, VladTV, AllHipHop, HotNewHipHop, Black Enterprise, MSN News, VIBE Magazine, MediaTakeOut, RapRadar, OhNoTheyDidnt, Blabbermouth, BlackSportsOnline, DramaLikeTheDJ, KevinNottingham, Fader, Dr Funkenberry, CNN, TheCoreDJs, New York Times, ABC 20/20, Inside Edition, Necole Bitchie, Inquisitr, Zap2It, Contact Music, Howard Stern, In Touch Magazine, Hollywood Scoop, BET, Hollywood Reporter, Bootleg Kev, JackThriller, Live Mixtapes, EnvyTheDJ, Business Insider, The Christian Post, Pink Is The New Blog, Dat Piff, NecoleBitchie, NahRight, The YBF, ThisIs50, Star Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, AmbrosiaForHeads, SwaysUniverse …and many, many more..



Back in 2013, Mike Smith of Rogue Entertainment and Jonathan Hay of Jonathan Hay Celebrity formed SMH Records out of Charlotte, North Carolina with a reported reported capital raise of $30 million. SMH Records formed a distribution partnership with Caroline, a division of Capitol/Universal Music Group. Billboard Magazine reported the hiring of John Nicholas as the General Manager of SMH after leaving Universal Music Group where he worked for 25 years on such projects as The Beatles, Katy Perry and Coldplay. Jonathan Hay sold his shares in SMH Records in early 2015 back to Mike Smith and said, “My passion is strategizing and developing new businesses. Taking an idea from the ground floor and turning it into something real is what I love to do. The inner workings and the time it takes to materialize an idea and turn it into the perfect storm is where I do my best work. Once the idea has come to fruition and it’s out in the public eye, I feel like my work is done and it’s time for me to move on. At that point it’s best for me to pass the baton to people who can finish and win the race.”

Highlights of Hay’s time with SMH include the Kim and Kanye publicity scandal, Lindsay Lohan and a record deal offer, the outrageous “famous as f#$k stunt”, offering Jay Z $15 Million to produce his album, being in a bidding war with Warner Brothers for Wu-Tang Clan and helping to launch the BET TV Show “One Shot” staring DJ Khaled, RZA, T.I., DJ Drama, Sway Calloway and more.


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Jonathan Hay of Smith & Hay

Jonathan Hay and Mike Smith have a production company and record label called Smith and Hay.  Having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, and building a catalog of over 400 songs with millions of streams, Smith and Hay have gained new heights in their career. The Pulitzer Prize winning media outlet The Huffington Post dubbed Smith and Hay as “successful music moguls”.

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In 2009, Jonathan Hay was hired by Sony Music Entertainment for his Publicity and Urban Media Expertise. In his own words, Hay describes his experience working with Sony by saying: “It’s amazing to me to be working along side the same individuals who handle Michael Jackson‘s music catalog and other legendary artists.”

Interesting fact: Jonathan Hay once tried to sign Michael Jackson during MJ’s dispute with Tommy Mottola and Sony Music Entertainment. With the help of influence of Uri Geller, Hay even sent a letter of intent to Jackson’s manager, Trudy Green. Years later, Hay went on to work with Jackson’s longtime music collaborators, Bruce Swedien and Teddy Riley.

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.We find it unfortunate but necessary to address this subject.

There are some seriously evil people out there in the world. Being in the internet spotlight can have a real life downside, and some have experienced this ugly side to the extreme. Since September of 2014, an individual has directly targeted multi-platinum industry veteran Jonathan Hay online, by cyberbullying him personally and professionally, and cyberattacking all of his companies – including Jonathan Hay Publicity and various other endeavors. These bullies have spent months spreading outlandish and ridiculous lies, viciously slandering his reputation and the reputation of his family members, and also maliciously targeting his closest companion.

Hay continued, “These slanderous attacks have included vicious lies such as impregnating minors, crimes against women like dislocating an eyeball out of a socket, and lies about other violent acts that are meant only to deceive, defame and destroy our reputations, our companies, and the lives of our families.”

Hay explains that these sinister stories are being made up by the same individual, and that all of the random false allegations online are connected to the same person, but are being posted to look as if they’re coming from various individuals. For SEO purposes it seems – in order to boost their position in the search engine – this bully has also named high-profile celebrities such as Rihanna, Whitney Houston and her father’s company, John Houston Entertainment (where Jonathan Hay once served as Vice President under Kevin Skinner). By attaching these defaming posts to frequently searched celebrity names, it enhances their visibility online and the chance at being seen by more people.

“We know exactly who this cyberbully is and who is hiding behind these anonymous posts,” says Hay. This malicious activity directed at Hay began last September when fake client reviews, stories about unsubstantiated crimes, and other false claims started popping up online, in what seems to obviously be an effort to alter the general public’s online perception of him and his affiliates.

“We felt defeated,” Hay admitted. But then, he says he saw a cyberbullying report involving Curt Schilling on CNN that inspired him to take action. “We are seeking justice by going public against these people behind these online attacks. Soon, we will be releasing official government documents showing the dangerous and illegal extent that these people have gone to in an effort to hurt us, and many others around us. This is a call to action for everyone to unite and put together our resources. There’s strength in numbers and we’re asking the general public to get involved,” he says.

That being said, this industry can be tricky to navigate, especially for newcomers. There are wolves out there who are only interested in money, and who do not care about the art of perfectly strategized media placements as we do. To help you determine the difference, we can offer some advice when pursuing services from a publicity or entertainment company. Please read our tips on protecting yourself from scammers by clicking here.

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PR Maven Jonathan Hay, founder of Jonathan Hay Celebrity is the co-producer to When Music Worlds Collide – an album that has been featured on BillboardBusiness InsiderFox News and every major urban website and blog. The album is part of Jay Z’s Tidal Rising program and it has a single in regular rotation on SiriusXM Shade 45.

Jonathan Hay, who’s been called a “PR Guru” and “legendary music producer” by International Business Times did this album completely grassroots and independent. When Music Worlds Collide has four songs with Kxng Crooked of Slaughterhouse (Shady Records), two songs with Kanye West’s protégé Cyhi the Prynce and other rap celebrities such as Twista, Royce da 5’9, Kool G Rap, Troy Ave, Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, Dizzy Wright, Skyzoo, DJ Whoo Kid and others.

Jonathan Hay and his co-producer Mike Smith recruited DJ King Tech of “Sway and Tech” to jump on board and co-produce the album alongside them. King Tech brought in the legendary DJ Revolution to supply all the cuts and scratches on the entire album.


Jonathan Hay Publicity was hired to do publicity and marketing for two major releases through EMI (which is now part of Universal Music Group). EMI Music is a multi-national music company headquartered in London, United Kingdom and is one of the world’s leading music companies, home to some of the most successful and best known recording artists of all time.

“Seeing two of my company’s projects with the EMI logo stamped on the back was like seeing a childhood dream of mine come to fruition. After all, the EMI logo has been associated with The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd, and so many more throughout the last 50+ years.”Jonathan Hay


Since 2010, Jonathan Hay Publicity in association with HMG has been working for Death Row Records/WIDEawake Entertainment.  WIDEawake Entertainment purchased Death Row Records out of bankruptcy for $18 Million. The main objective of our publicity outreach is to preserve and add on to the legacy of Death Row Records. WIDEawake/Death Row Records offered HMG (founded in Louisville, KY with Chad Kiser) a full blown distribution deal. The distributor of this venture, eOne Entertainment (formally Koch Records) is a leading international entertainment content and distribution business.

HMG distributes music to numerous major markets worldwide, also offering these services:
+ Distribution
+ Marketing
+ Advertising
+ Branding

Jonathan Hay Publicity has worked with The Vladar Company (a film company based in New York, NY) on four successful releases. The first release was “Big Pun: The Legacy” film through Vivendi/Universal; a film that HipHopdx called an “engagingly brilliant, top-notch documentary.” The second release (through Entertainment One) was called “Last Day of Summer” which starred Dj Qualls, William Sadler and Nikki Reed (who starred as Rosalie Hale in “Twilight”, “Twilight: New Moon” “Twilight: Eclipse” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn”). The third and fourth releases (released through EMI) were called “Big Pun: The Special Collector’s Edition” and “Mr Immortality: The Life and Times of Twista.”


John Houston, once a prestigious Entertainment Executive and father of the late Whitney Houston, founded his entertainment company through which he once helped manage the career of his daughter, one of the greatest and most award-winning singers of our time. Before Jonathan Hay Publicity was established, publicist Jonathan Hay worked for John Houston Entertainment alongside the President of the company, Kevin Skinner.

John Houston Entertainment is best known for masterminding Whitney Houston’s $100 Million deal with L.A. Reid and Arista Records.

Interesting fact: JHE was the acronym of John Houston Entertainment. Before John Houston passed away, he talked about launching a publicity firm called John Houston Publicity, or JHP for short. JHP is the acronym for our company Jonathan Hay Publicity and has always been a tribute to the late, great John Houston.




Jonathan Hay has an indie record company that owns a back catalog (that features major stars) through INgrooves Fontana.  Hay’s catalog is under the same umbrella as Rostrum Records (Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller), BMG (Bruno Mars, Estelle, The Jacksons), Downtown Records (Gnarls Barkley, Mos Def), Kedar Entertainment (Joe, Genuiwine, Keith Sweat), Shangrila Music (Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis), Strange Music (Tech N9ne) and many more. The catalog, with over a 1,000 songs is now up for sale. Contact us for more information.




Thanks to strong relationships with media partners and journalists, Jonathan Hay Publicity’s staff has facilitated coverage on a broad range of projects, generating prime time placements in virtually every major media market available. For more info, see our Affiliations.

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When it comes to representing clients at the absolute highest level, Jonathan Hay Publicity boasts a wonderful track record. JHP has developed publicity campaigns for A-list celebrities, Artists, Actors, Entertainers, Record Label Companies, Major Motion Films, Professional Athletes, Brands and Products.

Please Note:  At JHP, we respect the privacy of our clients therefore we do not list all names or discuss every client we’ve worked with or are currently working with. For a list of some of our affiliations, click here. Or visit our blog at to check out some of the projects we are talking about.

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