Versatility would have to be the one word to describe Ray’s musical career. Since becoming a professional musician at the age of 18, he has played in and recorded groups spanning the whole range of musical genres- symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, reggae, blues, and rock bands, and virtually everything in between. He has toured extensively as a trombonist, bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist, and has performed live with Roomful of Blues, the Drifters, the Marvelettes, Badfish, Irma Thomas, the Platters, the Temptations, Stanley Jordan, and countless others. As a recording artist and producer, he has worked with such luminaries as Protoje, Akae Beka, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, Clatta Bumboo, members of The E Street Band, members of the Wailers, members of GA-20, and Zion I Kings productions.
As a member of Roomful of Blues’ legendary horn section, Ray won multiple W.C. Handy awards for “Blues Instrumentalist of the Year”, and is the creative force behind the diverse and soulful act Gumption and Glory.
As a producer, performer, and engineer, he has been part of over 20 projects that have been up for Grammy consideration, in 8 different categories.
In 2012, Ray was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, with Roomful of Blues, as part of its inaugural class.