Jay Leach has been a freelance studio musician in Los Angeles for many years. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has worked on numerous motion picture and television soundtracks, albums, jingles, and video games. In his other freelance work, he has worked with various artists on the Tonight Show, Celebrity Duets, and The Voice, and has been a Pedal Steel Guitarist for "American Idol" since 2006. In addition to Jay's work as a professional musician in Los Angeles, he also has a career as a solo artist on guitar. As a guitarist, Jay has contributed to two Mel Bay collection books, "Portraits of Christmas" and "Fingerstyle Anthology 2000", and has three of his own Mel Bay projects: "Contemporary Christian Fingerstyle Guitar," "First Lessons on Lap Steel", and this volume. As an artist, Jay has 7 CDs which are available on iTunes, and tours on a limited basis doing concerts in both the U.S. and Canada.