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James "J.Y." Young

James "J.Y." Young performing with Styx on June 13, 2008 in Hinckley, Minn.
Background information
Birth name James Young
Born November 14, 1949 (1949-11-14) (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Hard rock, Progressive rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Styx

James "J.Y." Young (born 14 November 1949) is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, and member of the rock band, Styx. Young began playing keyboard and piano at the age of five. He attended Calumet High in Chicago and learned to play clarinet and guitar during those years.

J.Y. joined TW4 at Illinois Institute of Technology, and that band later became the first incarnation of Styx.

After the band's initial breakup in 1983, Young released the solo albums City Slicker, Out On A Day Pass, and Raised By Wolves. He is currently the sole remaining original member of Styx (and its only consistent member), but leads the band with longtime member Tommy Shaw from the band's hitmaking heyday; and original bassist Chuck Panozzo still appears on recent albums and at certain concerts as a guest musician.

Young tends to write the more hard rock pieces for Styx. He is best known for "Miss America" and "Snowblind". A glance at the album, Best of Styx shows that his songs were more popular in the band's early days than during its years of more mainstream popularity. JY managed the Chicago, Ill.-based rock band 7th Heaven in 1998 along with Alec John Such of the band Bon Jovi.

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