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Brian Ray

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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/renowned guitarist.

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.

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