Ray Davis

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Ray is a multi-instrumental, singer/songwriter whose music moves fluidly through funk, soul, jazz, gospel, and pop, without losing connection to its life-affirming, positive spiritual message. His beautiful, soulful voice delivers well-crafted, hook-driven songs that speak to the best in all of us.

Ray is originally from Compton California, a small incorporated city just south of Los Angeles. Compton’s reputation as a dangerous, duck-before-you-get-shot ghetto provided the perfect book-by-cover metaphor that has influenced Ray’s writing. The Compton that Ray experienced was one of community, of rich church and school relationships, and a large, tight family that immersed him in the kind of musical variety necessary to nurture genius. Yes, Ray’s genius is in using flow, rhythm, harmony, to illumine the listener’s mind to reality beyond appearance. Like in his song, “The Average Man” where Ray writes, “What if I was born for greatness/ what if I am really more than I think I am?” he uses an infectious groove to demonstrate the potential for amazing things from every “average” person.

Now working from Los Angeles, Ray uses his classical training, blends it with influences as diverse as Aaron Copeland, Bill Withers, Miles Davis, and James Taylor to create a set that stretches what people expect from “spiritual” music. His joyful, humorous performances set audiences at ease. Ray Davis loves easily and is easy to love. Just ask anyone who has seen him at any of the numerous New Thought spiritual centers where he has sung, such as the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City California, or clubs around Los Angeles such as Angel's Piano Bar and Supper Club, Room5 Lounge, and Genghis Cohen.

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