JamesRAy – THE REAL DEAL! American Singer, Song writer and International Multi-Award Winning Entertainer. This artist’s musical influences are as assorted as the inspirations of his eccentric and remarkable life story. This very diversity is at the pinnacle of his dynamic and passionate performances. With band, duo or solo his live performances exude a passion like no other.
His last Album, “Chasing the Dream” was a New Zealand Music Tui Grand Finalist in both the ‘Best Country Album’ and ‘Best Country Song’. Sony Records has included JamesRAy on “NZ’s Best Country Songs” compilation CD along with Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and many other great kiwi artists. His most recent single “Ride the Rollin’ Thunder” is now on Sony’s second compilation: ‘Godzone Country – The Very Best of New Zealand Country Music.’
JamesRAy’s growing popularity in the Kiwi music scene has beckoned him to share the stage with such well know Kiwi artists as Paul Ubana Jones, Hammond Gamble, Brendon Ham, Marian Burns, the Topp Twins, Jodi Vaughn and international touring artists like the Amazing Rhythm Aces, the Warratahs and Donna Dean just to name a few.
Before moving to New Zealand 19 years ago, JamesRAy got a super dose of musical experience when he accepted an offer to join the Bob Dylan back line crew on their world tour throughout the mid 1990’s. By the late 90’s JamesRAy returned to Nashville to write with gold and platinum award winning songwriters. Then the love of a Kiwi girl brought JamesRAy to the shores of New Zealand where he still writes and pursues a musical artist’s dream – to share his heart and soul through words and rhythm.
Since coming to New Zealand in 2000 and becoming a NZ citizen in 2005, JamesRAy has found a unique niche for himself as a much demanded solo artist, performing to sold out concerts with the likes of Kenny Rogers, The Amazing Rhythm Aces as well as co-billing with such Kiwi icons as the Topp Twins, The Highway of Legends (Bartlett, Vaughn & Dugan) and the Warratahs. Performing on the New Zealand national TV Ones’ “The Good Morning Show” and numerous local and national radio shows has allowed him to share his music with the nation.
Performing all over Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has given this international performing artist plenty to sing and write about. “I just love to perform,” says JamesRAy and that’s all too evident to anyone that sees his show.