Ray Lavender stops by Ms. Drama show for an exclusive interview on his music, his upcoming acting projects – and why he’s focused on making this effort his best.
An in depth interview with Ray Lavender that you don’t want to miss.
00:00 Ms Drama Intro
01:53 My Girl’s Got A Girlfriend – Ray Lavender
05:31 Tequila – Ray Lavender
08:23 Ms Drama & Ray Lavender
20:33 We Love – Ray Lavender
23:48 Strip – Ray Lavender
26:30 Ms Drama & Ray Lavender
40:29 Worth It – Ray Lavender
44:14 Ms Drama & Ray Lavender
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Over the years, Atlanta has introduced its fair share of music superstars to the world, and with the introduction of Singer/Songwriter/Actor/Model, Ray Lavender, that tradition will undoubtedly continue.
Coming to Atlanta by way of Monroe, Louisiana, Ray Lavender is poised to become one of music’s brightest stars. He offers a sensual yet charismatic brand of music that simultaneously is coupled with mass universal appeal. Growing up, Ray admired a wide array of artists from Sam Cooke to Prince; but it was R. Kelly who truly inspired Ray to pursue his passion. “When I met him he urged me to continue to write as well as sing and become an overall hard working musician,” says Ray. This work ethic is engrained in Ray, as he is still equally passionate about songwriting as he is about singing.
Even though his musical peers serve as major motivators, it is from his life that Ray Lavender draws his greatest inspirations. Coming from a large family of music lovers, Ray was destined for the stage, but it was the untimely loss of his father that motivated him to make a difference; not only for himself, but for his family.
His career jumped off while at a studio in Atlanta when a music executive overheard sweet harmonies from a group called Collabo and was particularly blown away by the lead singer, Ray Lavender. They formed a relationship that prompted Ray to begin recording as a solo artist, and it was then that the music industry would begin to take notice.
Ray Lavender’s tireless pursuit of success gained him the respect of the industry’s top producers including Jazze Pha, Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley and Tricky Stewart. He soon began writing gigs and received an early placement with the song, “Knock, Knock, Knock,” for R&B great Gerald Levert’s A Stroke of Genius album. After this he knew it was time to get serious and begin working on his own project and reached out to multi- platinum-selling superstar Singer/Songwriter/Producer Akon, who welcomed him with open arms. There was an instant chemistry between the two and, in 2007, Ray was immediately signed as the first act to Akon’s KonLive Records via Geffen Records.
Although his debut album was never released, Ray Lavender garnered radio and digital hit singles with “My Girl Gotta Girlfriend,” featuring Fabolous & Red Cafe’, “Put It Down,” featuring T-Pain, & “Stay” which was produced by Tank, collectively receiving millions of views online.
He went on to star and win the heart of Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth on Donald Trump’s “Ultimate Merger.” Ray states, “Winning over Omarosa only gave me more strength to continue my pursuit of music. They get no harder to impress than her and I plan to give my fans all of me, just as I did with her.”
Now, in 2012, Ray is setting up his official Fall debut with a series of singles, all written by Ray. The songs show his diverse range and versatility in music. The club popping single “Tequila,” just may be the party anthem of the year. The sweet and soaring “We Love,” reminds us that it doesn’t matter how rough it gets, love conquers all. And “Sexy Mutha,” well you know…. she’s a “Sexy Mutha.” This song is sure to make every chick get on the dance floor and prove she’s the best.
Ray Lavender promises to be a part of a short team of exceptional artist that delivers hot jams to the dance floor, as well as huge ballads for the masses.