Some of Rays earliest memories include being surrounded by music and musicians growing up just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Ray was involved in choir from an early age and learned his initial guitar licks from his older brother, John, who had his own rock'n roll band in the 60's. The Detroit sound was a huge influence at the time and Motown was at it's peak. In high school Ray received formal voice training and soon earned the respect of his peers by winning his division in the Michigan State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Later Ray would travel to England and France to perform solo and won a music scholarship to Western Michigan University. During this time Ray also enjoyed modest artistic and commercial success, performing solo on guitar, and playing drums, his 'first instrument' for local bands. Ray looked up to Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder 'because they were complete musicians...they could write great songs, and play several instruments, and sing.' By his mid-twenties, Ray was working as a musician full time. He sang, played drums and eventually managed 'The Inversions,' one of the hottest dance bands in the Detroit area. He also continued to develop his vocal talent under renowned Broadway vocal coach Ray Taylor. Ray vividly remembers his introduction to Slack Key guitar when he moved to the islands over a decade ago. He studied under Ozzie Kotani and Raymond Kane and learned the nahe nahe sound. He performed with Kane at the 1994 and 1996 Bank of Hawaii Ki Hoalu Festivals, and was invited back to play on his own accord in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Kauai Slack Key Festival in November, 2004. He also had the honor of performing with Na Hoku Award winner Kawai Cockett at the Merry Monarch Festival in 1994 with Halau Mohala Ilima. Another outstanding memory was playing for a standing room only crowd at the American Embassy in Paris, France in May, 2000. Ray has shared his passion for Hawaiian music with his wife, Sue, (a member of Halau Ka Liko O Ka Palai). You'll often find her dancing hula at Ray's performances, and they study Hawaiian language together. Most recently Ray has been learning ukulele and studying slack key guitars connection to hula, from Kumu Ainsley Halemanu. He stays active in various recording projects, and promoting his 2 CDs 'Kukuna Mehana', and 'Hoomalie.'