Thea Wray was born in the UK to Jamaican parents and was raised and educated in Jamaica and the USA. Thea holds degrees from the University of the West Indies and Auburn University in Alabama. However her first love is music, having started piano lessons when she was 3 ½. She continued her musical training in Jamaica with a number of tutors and became a Licentiate in Pianoforte Performance from Trinity College London in 1977. As a youngster and then an adult she was involved in the music ministry at her church, Bethel Baptist in Kingston, Jamaica, led by Reverend Burchell Taylor playing both the piano and organ. During this time she also worked as a keyboardist in several theatrical productions; she started singing commercial advertisements in the mid eighties and started to offer her musical services for private functions. She decided to enter the world of music full time in 1997 after having divided her time between her musical career, her studies and work in the areas of Agriculture, Banking, Travel and Property management. She relocated to the North Coast of Jamaica to work on the hotel entertainment circuit. Thea worked as a cocktail pianist and sing-a-long pianist as well as vocalist/pianist in a jazz trio setting at hotels such as Sandals Dunns River, Ciboney and Round Hill Hotels. Thea returned to the UK in early 2000 with her family to further what she thought was her Jazz music career and made appearances at a few private functions during this time. Although a baptised Christian since 1974 she felt the call of the Lord to use her talents to spread His Gospel through her music since returning to the UK. So convicted, she has been a committed and active member of the Rye Lane Chapel led by Pastor Frank Goveia in Peckham since July 2000. Where she is part of the Praise and Worship team. She also ministers in music at the Harrow Green Weslyan Holiness Church in Leytonestone led by Pastor E Parris. Thea has started to teach Christian songs to Key stage one and Key stage two children in her area,by invitation, on a weekly basis and sees this as a vital part of her ministry. Thea holds a certificate in Jazz and Pop Studies from Goldsmith College, in London which has supported her on her musical journey. She released a vocal instructional compact disc entitled 'Support the Sound' which is being distributed by Black Women in the Arts based in Hackney. She is presently working on a booklet to supplement the CD which will be published in October 2003. In 2002,Thea wrote and produced a contemporary Christmas Cantata entitled 'A Dream Come True' which was staged at the Rye Lane Chapel in Peckham in December 2002. As an intuitive performer she is also involved in storytelling where she adds a musical dimension to European, Caribbean and African tales. Thea calls herself one of 'God's Singers' and released an extended play compact disc entitled Water II Wine Praise I. This paved the way for her debut full length gospel album 'NOBOUNDARIESNOBORDERSNOLIMITS on her own label Water II Wine Praise in March 2003. This offering proclaims the message that God's Love and Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ who died to set us free is boundless. While music genres such as Reggae, Jazz and Pop transport the message, guest appearances from KWray, Anointed Praise from the Weslyan Holiness Church and other anointed Christian musicians give this album the power to touch lives. Later in the year additional studio work on her Christmas album entitled 'My Favourite Things' previously released in Jamaica on cassette format in 1998 will commence in time for it's re-release in November 2003. Thea Wray wants her life to be about God. REVIEWS NEVER FOR NOTHING ON LINE CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE - MAy 2003 THEA WRAY : Noboundariesnobordersnolimits. (CD £11.50 from Wateriiwine Ministries, PO Box 39325, London, England, SE13 DO) The Wateriiwine Ministries is committed to serving God by ministering to those who are thirsty for the word of God, and who are thirsty for the Spiritual wine, which only God can provide. One part of their outreach is a Jamaican born lady called Thea Wray, and this is her album. There's lots of reggae Caribbean influences contained throughout the playlist, but don't expect just reggae! For instance, there's the really hip 'High' that sounds as if it's straight out of the charts. Thumping bass drum and great tune. But, if it's reggae you're after, then the infectious sound of 'Halleluujah' will be just what the doctor ordered. For those who enjoy the smoother tastes, 'Broken For Me' has everything you could ask for. Lovely piano sound and Thea's voice soaring high and full of feeling. There's one or two low points, for me, where the songs don't quite live up to their predecessors, but this is a very good debut. Ending the album is a 20 minute instrumental devotional section which, on it's own, stands up well to 'big label' recordings. Check this one out!. 9/10. Interview in CrossRhythms Magazine Issue 74: May/June 2003 Thea Wray.