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Brian Ray

 

Brian Ray, Bass and Lead Guitarist for the Paul McCartney Band: Underscoring his talent, Brian cemented his position as one of the top contemporary guitarists in the world today when he began touring with Paul McCartney in 2002. Hailed as “Paul’s best band since the Beatles” he joins fellow McCartney guitarist, Rusty Anderson in playing the Voyage-Air Guitar. Introduced by the legendary Phil Kaufman (Road Mangler Deluxe) to the great Etta James, Brian went on to be her Musical Director and guitarist for 14 years.

As a songwriter, Brian collaborated with notable artists such as Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge and his friend and writing partner for 13 years, Steve LeGassick. It was his partnership with Steve that would catapult Brian’s songwriting to the world stage in 1987 with the Smokey Robinson award-winner mega hit “One Heartbeat”. It is his contributions to other artist’s albums, including Etta James, Shakira, The Bangles and Paul McCartney’s most recent projects that spawned his own creative endeavor: writing, producing and releasing his first solo album entitled Mondo Magneto through his own label Whooray Records. Brian collaborated with fellow band members, Wix Wickens and Rusty Anderson on this new record. Etta James even makes a rare special guest appearance, singing with Brian on the haunting song “Soft Machine”. 

Brian Ray Biography: Native Californian Brian Ray’s exceptional career began with a transistor radio, an ice cream bucket and a vivid imagination. Co-writer of Smokey Robinson’s “One Heartbeat” and admired for his energetic stage presence and unparalleled guitar playing as a key member of Paul McCartney’s current band, Brian is irrefutably ranked among today’s top musicians. His latest project, his first solo album entitled Mondo Magneto is here. He will release it through his own label Whooray Records. This record underscores his talents as an award-winning songwriter, singer, producer and renowned guitarist.

How it all began: Brian’s first performances were in front of his peers - at show and tell - setting his own lyrics to the tune of old folk songs. By age 9, he retired his makeshift ice cream bucket drum kit and picked up a guitar. He channeled the influences of legends such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and all the other greats and by age 13, was a serious songwriter. Before Brian graduated high school his music career was well under way.

It began in the most unlikely and serendipitous way. As one fifth of Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kicker Five, Brian found himself playing the “Monster Mash” at a fundraising benefit hosted by and for the notorious Phil Kaufman to offset the burdensome “Grand Theft Parson’s fines. Phil, missing his departed friend Gram, took Brian in and would soon introduce him to Etta James at the world famous Troubadour. Etta was on the brink of a come-back, “so full of fire and intensity” Brian says. That brief introduction would, only a few months later, lead to Brian’s l4 year career as Etta’s Musical Director and guitarist.

As Brian honed his guitar prowess on the road with Etta, sharing stages with legendary musicians such as Keith Richards, Santana, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley, he also began focusing more intensely on his songwriting. He would spend the late 80’s collaborating with Peter Frampton, Rita Coolidge, Michael Steele (Bangles) and friend and songwriting partner for 13 years Steve LeGassick.

Award winning songwriting for Smokey Robinson: It was his partnership with Steve that would catapult Brian’s songwriting to the world stage in 1987 with the Smokey Robinson award-winning mega hit “One Heartbeat.”

Brian and Steve were so confident about the song they wrote and recorded for Smokey, they sent it in even after the producers said they already had enough material. Brian recalls “We knew we had something good…, well, Motown also decided to title the album One Heartbeat. We are now nearing 3 million airplays for that song."

On the road with Paul McCartney: Underscoring his talent, Brian cemented his position as one of the top contemporary guitarists in the world today when he began touring with Paul McCartney in 2002. Hailed as “Paul’s best band since the Beatles” playing with McCartney is literally a dream come true for Brian. He has appeared on several DVD’s and TV Specials including two Super Bowl appearances, and participated in such meaningful collaborations as the Nelson Mandela’s 46664 project.

As Brian continues to tour with Paul McCartney, he manages to squeeze in other projects such as scoring the award winning 2003 independent film “The Failures.” This was Brian’s first venture into film, although he has scored for television in the past. It is his contributions to other artists albums, including Etta James, Shakira, The Bangles, Adam Cohen, and Paul McCartney’s most recent projects that spawned his own creative endeavor: writing, producing and releasing his first solo album entitled Mondo Magneto through his own label Whooray Records. When asked “what took you so long?” he says “I guess I was just busy.” Indeed.

Brian united with friends, collaborators and bandmates Abe Laboriel, Jr., Wix Wickens and Rusty Anderson, as well as Scott Shriner (Weezer), Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello) and others for Mondo Magneto. Etta James makes a rare special guest appearance singing with Brian on the haunting song “Soft Machine” as a symbol of their continued respect and affection for one another.

He’s come a long way from show and tell, rewriting lyrics to old folk songs, and playing drums on empty ice cream buckets, but Brian still draws on those early childhood impressions of a world of music coming over his first transistor radio as well as his life experiences and observations for an inspired first album.

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