As a child, Ray could be heard signing at the top of his lungs while mowing the lawn or picking berries. His high school years were spent listening to new country legends like Travis Tritt and Garth Brooks, while growing fond of 70s and 80s rock bands like Aerosmith and Bon Jovi. Other influences were legends such as Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and the Beatles.
His first official band was the school rock band “The Cardinals” which practiced for a number of months and eventually toured local schools and performed at the school talent shows.
Ray was also part of the St.Charles and Marymount College production of Jesus Christ Superstar and The coolest Cat in Town. Ray played at school assemblies, providing an acoustic duo with his cousin, Ben Aho, and also a full rock band to special events.
Ray put his musical career on hold through college and the first few years after moving to Ottawa, Ontario to work in the high tech market. In 2001, he resurfaced, with the help of his cousin and became one half of a well established acoustic duo within the city, playing at night and building regular gigs around town.
In 2004, Ray joined the rock band “Who’s Your Daddy”, which practiced weekly for a year and a half, playing a few gigs such as a charity benefit for Cancer in Alymer, Quebec. . Unfortunately, the band fizzled after a change in the band proved to be a bad decision.
Ray’s focus grew stronger in having his own home studio. He also worked vigorously on his songwriting and production capabilities, taking vocal lessons and establishing his own sound from the many influences both musically, and personally in his life.
His music is a creative blend of country and rock. Today his iPod is playing Gavin Degraw, Keith Urban, Pink, Bon Jovi, Marianas Trench, Adele, Lady Gagga, and Bruno Mars.
While the majority of Ray’s music has been self produced from his home studio, Ray has received a tremendous amount of help over the years.
Ben Cooper (Stone Melodies) recorded and produced Walk Tall and Starting Here Today, and has provided musical and recording guidance for over 10 years. Ray writes and demos songs, Ben takes them to another level.
Denis Sarlis (Inglewood Jack) has lent some exceptional guitar work on a number of Ray’s tracks. Meant to Be is one of his best and is showcased on Walk Tall – The EP. Again, Ray provides Dennis with an idea through a demo track, and Dennis takes over.
Denis’s guitar work is also featured in “Meant to Be”, “I believe In You”, and on one of Ray’s favourite “Loving Arms of Mine”.
Jill Ross is relatively new to the music scene but plays a mean piano. She plays keys on My Valentine and Now and Then of the forthcoming Walk Tall – The Album.