mr. RAY

highland park, NJ United States

Genres:Kids/Quirky, Reggae/Dub, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Promo Music
Bio: Ray Andersen grew up in the house that legendary songwriters, Carole King and Gerry Goffin lived in...

His Dad told the family that they'd be moving into the former home of the legendary singer/songwriters, in West Orange, New Jersey.
It is the house where Carole King wrote most of Tapestry, and she and Gerry Goffin wrote the hit song, Pleasant Valley Sunday,
for the Monkees. Pleasant Valley Way runs right through West Orange and the song's lyrics summarize suburban life, and mentions
neighbors on Ray's street. Upon an older cousin turning him onto the Beatles, and discovering from there the beauty of great songwriting,
Ray was inspired at a very early age to attempt playing the piano, guitar and drums, and start crafting his own songs-without a lesson.

80s ::: Member of CATS ON A SMOOTH SURFACE...notable Asbury Park NJ, led by Bob Bandiera...Stone Pony house-band.
Bruce Springsteen played with Ray and the band so much, he often
raved to the press worldwide, that they were his favorite group of musicians to jam with when he was off tour.

90s ::: Ray and Patti Maloney, formed a pop/rock duo, Blue Van Gogh, and they released an album called Hi-Fi Junkie Sonata
and video to international acclaim. They toured throughout Germany as the opening act for matchbox twenty in April of 1998.

1998 ::: Ray got a call to play guitar, keyboards & sing backup for international rock star, Meat Loaf....performing in some of America & Europe’s greatest venues, Ray, as part of Meat Loaf's band, did a lot of TV such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, Top Of The Pops, TGIF, VH1's Storytellers, Hard Rock Live and many more. In October of 1999,
the #1-rated VH1 Storyteller episode of all time, Meat Loaf's, went on the road through 2000, & Ray along with Mr. Loaf can be seen forever preserved on the Storytellers DVD and CD.

1994, his wife, who was part-timing at a pre-school, asked Ray to come in and perform some
songs for the kids. In no time, he became known as "mr. RAY,"
holding an eye-catching, colorfully-stickered guitar. The kids were quickly hooked.

Singing about friendship, dinosaurs and rainbows never sounded so cool before… It was such a success that parents everywhere started begging him to record these songs for those long car rides. Ray wrote and co-produced his own album entitled, Start Dreaming! It was released in April 2001.

Signed with Sugar Beats Entertainment (a company owned by Carole King's daughter!) to distribute his album nationwide. In March 2003, Ray signed a
DVD/Video deal with a Philadelphia-based company, Center City Film & Video. Live footage intertwined with animation
based on his songs is featured. He's been featured in Parenting Magazine, Family Fun & the New York Times, & many more.

The Wall Street Journal profiled him on the front of one of their Marketplace section, with a color photo, as well.

In 2005 he was on AMC's reality-based series, 'Into Character', where he portrayed (as himself) a rock guitar instructor on the La Bamba

Ray appeared on QVC and sold his DVD and Start Dreaming CD.

Second kids'album,
Songs From The Kids' Lounge was released in October 2004. The third album for kids, Family Ride, was released November 2006.
4th family album, Welcome To The Music Room, was released in 2009.

In 2006, the first-ever mr. RAY commercial aired on NICKELODEON & CARTOON NETWORK in the US,
selling the DVD, "Songs From The Stickered Guitar." It features 5 animated original songs...

He frequently tours London and brings his Kindie music there for weeks at a time.

In May 2008, mr. RAY signed with Universal Records UK. This is a UK and Ireland-only deal.

In 2008, he performed his kids' music at Austin City Limit's Austin Kiddie Limits with nband in tow...Mike Doktorski on bass & Odell Davis on drums.

In September 2008, mr. RAY partnered with a very hip indoor playground in Chelsea NYC called appleseeds,
Writing all the songs for their music for kids program called songs for seeds. Classes launched in January 2009
and they are now franchised in Brooklyn, India & Dubai.

On March 19th 2009, mr. RAY was invited to sing at the United Nations in NYC for an event called A Season for Non-Violence.
Backed up by 15 children singers, he performed John Lennon's 'Imagine' 'Give Peace a Chance' and two originals, 'Music's A Language' and 'Make The World Safe."

mr. RAY (Ray Andersen) performs from time to time with fellow New Jerseyans, Bruce Springsteen & Jon Bon Jovi.

He performs everywhere from festivals to parks and libraries, as well as Major league Baseball FanFest,
Children Affect By AIDS foundation and many other notable locations.

December 2009 was the start of mr. RAY's TRAIN TO TO ROCK Academy...a 7-week program for young rockers culminating in a concert for the young musicians' family and friends.

Ray is an adoptive parent and wrote and recorded BORN FROM OUR HEART about the adoption experience.
It was played almost daily for nearly a year on Sirius/XM's KiDSPLaCE LiVe, channel 116.

Ray’s songs are the backdrop for many, many TV commercials such as Nike Golf. In January 2011, he landed a national singing spot, singing This Magic Moment for the Publisher’s Clearing House TV commercial.

Released 17 previously-released mr. RAY learning songs on one album called THE CLASSROOM COLLECTION.

Sonoma Entertainment commissioned Ray to record 120 public domain kids' classic songs...starting with 2 Christmas CD's, they will be in all Best Buys, Walmarts, K-Marts & 9,000 Dollar General stores nationwide starting in 2011.

Signed a deal to be a part of NewSound Kids distribution/Allegro Music to distribute his kids/family albums.

Second Publisher's Clearing House commercial with Ray singing How Sweet It Is, aired nationally on TV, mid-July 2012 and for 2 weeks Dec 30-Jan 14 2013.

Recorded and sang Etta James' classic, At Last, for Blackberry smartphone new-media (web) commercial....Feb 2013 in my home studio.
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