Urban Music Award Winner Ray Robinson
Fresh off of
his amazing showing at the 2004 Canadian Urban Music Awards(CUMAs),
Reach Records is proud to congratulate our signature artist, Ray
Robinson on his award for RnB Single Of The Year for "Missed
Your Chance" at the prestigious CUMAs show held in Toronto
on October 21st, 2004.
The last quarter
has been a time of bountiful blessings for Ray, who was nominated
for 3 CUMAs that evening - no small feat for an artist who saw his
first vinyl pressed in 2004. Since his debut album, WHAT IT IS dropped
in August, Ray is quickly becoming the most captivating artist to
watch artist in Canada's urban music scene.
a sweat, Ray has crisscrossed Canada with appearances that have
taken his signature soul filled, rich voice to the stage from Montreal,
Ottawa, Edmonton and Vancouver, not to mention show after show at
home in Toronto. This is only going to heat up for winter - this
fall, Ray joined the roster of Paquin Entertainment Inc., who promise
to keep this talented and highly sought after artist on the road
and at a gig near you.
nee Rayon Henry, has been honing his craft for over ten years. Inspired
by the church, Ray begun his pursuit of a musical career through
gospel as a member of a group in the U.S. The group toured extensively
throughout the United States, even gracing the stage of the musical
mecca, The Apollo Theatre. Following the Apollo performance, the
group garnered recognition and an album was highly anticipated.
Touring had helped them build a fan base; unfortunately the group
did not last.
the group, Ray Robinson returned to Canada and the church where
it all began. "The RnB market in Toronto is beginning to get
some recognition, but I think it can be much bigger." Once
back at home, Ray was determined to succeed as a solo artist and
began recording on his own, in a humble recording studio.
artist, Ray Robinson writes and co-produces all of his music. Exposure
to influences that span many decades has given Ray a distinctive
approach to today's rhythm and blues. Ray's sound is accentuated
by the message of Bob Marley, the smoothness of Al Green and Donny
Hathaway and the sensuality and emotion of Marvin Gaye with the
versatility of Prince.
Ann Smith, I wrote my first song for that girl," The song was
entitled Give My Love A Chance. "I gave it to her before she
went away to college. I was 15."
has performed back up for The Philosopher Kings at Massey Hall,
The Mike Bullard Show, and Canada AM. Ray also appeared on Groove
Essentials Volume 2, and The Baby Blue Soundcrew's Private Party:
For two consecutive
years, Ray has performed at Flow 93.5's Urban Showcase at the Toronto
Street Festival. Additionally, Ray performed back up for MuchMusic
Best Rap Video nominee, BrassMunk at the Talib Kweli Show.
The first single
"Missed Your Chance" is now an award winning anthem and
the video for the track made it through high rotation. "Missed
Your Chance" was produced by Def Jam/Capitol Hill Music artist
Saukrates and DJ Kid Kut.
track, "Gots To Be The One" has been quickly followed
up by "Good Times", currently on play with Canada's urban
radio outlets. Ray Robinson - WHAT IT IS. A Voice that will ring
clear across Canada and touch your soul.