BIO: Ray Robinson
The Man Behind The Music
R’n’B music is blessed to have artists like Canadian singer Ray Robinson on their team. R’n’B remains the music we rely on to caress our souls, set the mood for love, and make us feel grown’n’sexy. Ray’s voice, along with his song writing and production skills will be keeping us movin’ and groovin’ for many years to come.
Ray Robinson (nee: Rayon Henry) was born into a generation that is defined by music. He grew up humbly in Toronto, and discovered his ear for music at the tender age of five. Of Caribbean heritage, Ray shared the same musical upbringing of most who hail from the islands, with his fondest memories being those of listening to the soul and gospel records his Mom would play. Eventually learning to memorize the lyrics to one of his strongest influences – Micheal Jackson’s Music and Me, Ray spent his childhood quietly developing his voice and feeding his growing appetite for music. When he got a little older, Ray relocated to New York where the story of turning dreams into reality began. As part of a group known as “DL” formed when Ray was just in high school, they took to the club circuit including the famous Apollo theatre in Harlem where the world would start to see the talent that permeated Ray and his group members. Discovered by Bob Waxman and Donald “Dee” Bowden (most known for his work with 90’s R’n’B group SWV), the doors to a professional career in singing opened up.
In 90’s, Ray decided to branch out on his own, and he moved back to his beloved Toronto, Canada where he juggled music and real life to make a living. Ray’s independent approach to managing his music and business led him to create and compile the content of what became the “What It Is” album with support only from producer Kevin “Kid Kut” Keith (formerly of the Baby Blue Soundcrew, currently of X-Caliber Entourage). On his journey to self-promote the album, he met the woman who later became his manager, Gail E. Phillip of GNOTE MANAGEMENT. Armed with solid production, impeccable vocal delivery and excellent promotional support from his new management team, Ray Robinson’s “What it Is” album went on to receive critical acclaim helping him to garner the 2004 (CUMA) Canadian Urban Music Award for R’n’B Recording Artist of the year. Ray Robinson along with Canadian hip-hop superstar Kardinal Offishall won 3 Much Music Videos Awards in 2006 for the single “Every Day Rude Bwoy”. His past nominations include Best R’n’B Video (Much Music Video Awards 2004) for his first single Missed Your Chance, New Artist (CUMA 2004), and Favourite Urban Artist (Canadian Music Week Independent Awards 2005). His album "What It Is", received a Juno Nomination in 2004 for R&B Album of the Year.
Ray boasts a collection of tracks that have wet our palette for his unique blend of soul, gospel and straight up R’n’B with songs like : Good Times, Missed Ur Chance, Be the One, My Heart, Because of You, Girl friend, Be Alone, Summer Star, Gotta Move It, and Waiting for You. But there is much more to this multi-faceted artist whose musical influences also include Donnie Hathaway and Sam Cooke. Ray, who has a strong connection to the church and humanitarian efforts, didn’t always want to be an entertainer. Having found his passion in both music and giving back to the community, look out for Ray’s involvement in projects with kids in group homes and helping to keep kids off the streets.
The stage is set, and Ray is ready to open up a new musical chapter in his life, having spent a lot of time back in the studio preparing to drop new gems on us. He is poised and ready to inject new life into the R’n’B scene, so don’t close your eyes for a minute. In his own words, “Nothing can stop you, but YOU”. Looks like Ray’s not going to let anything stop him now.
Written by Nicky Phillips
a.k.a. Darling Nicky
For more information or interview request with Ray Robinson:
Karine Delage | 416-876-3329 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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BIO: Jus Randy
Nothing changes underneath the sun they say, but evolution is imminent. Almost 7 years since Jus Randy’s departure and separation from the Juno nominated underground Hip Hop sensation group BrassMunk, Jus Randy has lived a life time. From becoming a parent of two, getting married, and becoming a successful businessman Jus Randy continues his progressive approach to life. Almost immediately after the group’s breakup Jus Randy changed his moniker from May One 9 to Broadway. Working almost exclusively with producer Dub J (Elephant Man) and Frank Dukes (50 cent in house producer) he went back into the lab to keep his creative juices flowing. Jus Randy/Broadway immediately hit the radio waves with the Sumeet reggae influenced banger “Agony” who he was featured on alongside with Reggae Super Star sensation Elephant Man. After the release of “Agony” Jus Randy/Broadway hit the radio with the singles “About me” and “Get Em In Line” which both created major buzz across Canada. As the saying goes people plan and God laughs. While preparing for a major project for his music career Jus Randy was to become a father for the second time. It was a major moment in his life where he really had to decide his next step; and he took a step back. “That period of my life was really rough and hectic financially especially. I was in a space that was uncomfortable and very unsure, and I needed to really fall back and restore myself and build up the right foundation for my family”. So Jus Randy had to switch up the game and be a “regular person” with a “regular job” even though he never felt “regular”. “Imagine Big Daddy Kane or Nas having to stop their musical careers and join the workforce rat race?!?” Just Randy laments. “Obviously I haven’t reached the level of success as those artists, but the feeling is still the same; your artist spirit never dies”. Through his years not being in the public eye Jus Randy has kept his skills intact and surprisingly has become even sharper as an artist; frankly he has evolved into a totally new entity as an artist. “I have so many experiences from life, so many stories to tell, so much more living to do that it has translated into my musical growth.” The sound of Jus Randy is hard to label or pinpoint because each release has taken its own place in the ever changing genre of Hip-hop.
Working almost exclusively with producer Gameboy (little brother of MC S Roc aka Richie Hennessey from BrassMunk) Jus Randy’s sound is ever changing. His first release “Enter the Room” is a boom bap hard hitting song that displays no chorus; just rhymes and a hard beat. “The song was just really a warm up single, something for people to chew on as I’ve been in the game before but I feel like a fresh artist so I’m rebuilding my sound, shaping my own genre amidst the public eye”. The single was well received by the many social media sites and blogs across the world and has received regular college radio play. His second single is a smoothed out soul influenced song featuring the songstress Natasha Waterman called “Luv Hate”. The song is just that; describing the day to day things Jus Randy loves and hates that everyone can attest too. The song has been a great success catching the attention of commercial radio across Canada. On the hinge of Jus Randy releasing his third single called “Hlidskjalf” (sounds like “Hild Skoff”) he is bubbling with excitement. I think this single will be a game changer, the song is one of kind and it shows exactly where I am going with my sound, it’s an embodiment of where Gameboy and myself have solidified our artistic connection.” With history touring with Snoop Dogg, The Beatnuts and performing across North America Jus Randy is like a hungry kid in a candy store. “I’m just thankful I have a second chance at music as many people don’t get that second window of opportunity.” “I’m going to take everything in stride and enjoy the moment as life is all about many moments added up”. Simply put Jus Randy got NEXT!
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