Pianist, producer, composer and arranger who is one of the most in-demand artists today. Classically trained with roots in gospel, Ray has one foot firmly planted in jazz and the other stirring the pot of pan-global pop. As a prolific artist and all-around coveted sideman— in the studio and on the road—Ray spans the globe and genres for collaborations with today’s new and veteran artists. Ray’s resume since the ‘90s bursts with names such as Jeff Beck, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Yolanda Adams, Daniel Winans, Joss Stone, Sting, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cindy Blackman, a duo of Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart, Estelle, Richard Smallwood, Dionne Warwick, Dianne Reeves, Queen Latifah, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Christina Aguilera and ongoing associates, The Roots.
In the midst of his three-decade career, Ray notes: “Music is meant to inspire and bring about change. It’s also meant to make you think about who you are as a person and the meaning of your existence. Music is a powerful tool. Why not use it to connect the world? Music is all about energy, camaraderie and community.”
Ray is the CEO and Founder of Mister Goldfinger Music Group – his company that has released the albums, Ray Angry One and Ray Angry Two, and singles from his Public Domain project. Upcoming new releases include an album capturing the magic of his weekly NYC live show, Producer Mondays, and Ray Angry Three.
Active in the film and television world, Ray’s compositions are included on Amy Schumer’s Life & Beth on Hulu; Seasons 1 – 5 of Inside Amy Schumer on Paramount+; the award-winning short film Aisle 2; Expecting Amy on HBO; the documentary film, Why Is We Americans?, the new, critically acclaimed and award nominated documentary film, Descendant on Netflix, the upcoming film, The Lockdown on Paramount+, and Amy Schumer’s new comedy special on Netflix. Ray can be seen weekly on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as a member of the house band, The Roots, as well as a frequent performer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Stepping into the performing arts arena, Ray’s orchestral debut, Black Athena ~ Power recently premiered with the Lexington Symphony in November 2022.