Teen with terminal illness lands Sony record deal

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Jeff Mortimer says life

Jeff Mortimer, aka "Young Jay."

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WPTV) - Jeff Mortimer is a 19-year-old rap artist from West Palm Beach who can freestyle lyrics in an instant. He goes by the stage name “Young Jay.”

The colorful wristbands that Mortimer is seen wearing are called "bravery bands." The bands represent each medical procedure he has gone through, 21 in total.

It’s a talent he realized he had in middle school. It began with writing poetry and the prose eventually turned into lyrics.

But if you listen closely to his words, you’ll find deeper meaning.

Mortimer is going through a life-or-death struggle. He’s battling a rare form of cancer and is terminally ill, but when asked if he’s scared of his disease he replied with a smile, “No, not scared of anything. Just have a positive mind.”

He uses that brave smile to focus on his music and makes staying positive seem easy. It’s that happy-go-lucky attitude that impacts everyone he meets.

"He reminds me every single day to live life to the fullest," said Brittany Williams, a children’s specialist with Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. She was in the crowd cheering for Young Jay when he performed his first concert recently at Guanabana’s Restaurant in Jupiter.

Mortimer uses his lyrical talent to write and produce uplifting music for other sick kids. He has a group called “LDL 365” which stands for “Living the Life 365 Days A Year."

Last week, Mortimer signed a record deal with Sony.

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