“ABBY RAY, COUNTRY SINGLE, LINE DANCE, OH REGIONAL TOUR”
Abby Ray and Cory Hillman began working together in 2010 following the release of “The Naked Truth”, an emotional pop explosion delivering light hearted vocals with melodic guitar hooks. They began showcasing their original works by performing at charitable events and national and regional Ohio contests. In 2012 “Blue Ray”, an introspective alternative/country mix was released. All their releases to date have received great reviews.
“Baby Girl”, a country/pop single that carries a glorious melody filled with tender sweet vocals is due to hit the digital online market February 14th. The single will be available through iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, & over 150 online media networks.
The lead single has impressed country music fans from all corners of the globe. The storyline behind this single is about a spoiled girl who hears the word “NO” for the first time from a guy she approached by. “It is a morality tale about parents who spoil their children keeping them in an arrested state of development as they get older, as in the case of a grown woman referring to herself “Baby Girl”, states Hillman.
Ray is excited to announce their new line dance choreographed for “Baby Girl” by national champion, award winning choreographer, Earleen Wolford. Wolford is one of the country’s most accomplished line dance professionals. The new line dance created for “Baby Girl” can be viewed on Youtube, “Don’t Make Me Cry like a Baby Girl”.
Currently 2013 regional Ohio tour dates are being conducted. On March 16th, 2013 Abby Ray will kick off her regional tour in Toledo, Ohio at Anderson Arena, and perform the “National Anthem” for the “Toledo Walleyes”. The regional tour will end July 28th at the “Ohio State Fair” in Columbus, OH. Between mid March & late July the band intends on adding as many dates as possible to their roster. “Many Ohio entertainment venue owners have been receptive to our works. We are truly appreciative of their support. We are thankful that we are part of an artistic ensemble. We are not sure how this next season will turn out however; we have every bit of intention on making it a memorable event. (Abby Ray)
One of the many common threads that run through their music is the power behind the voice, the textured feel, the layered presentation and the crisp sound of the rhythm section. Overall, their music delivers a refreshing spin to country, rock, pop, & blues music.
Ray looks forward to promoting the upcoming 2013 Ohio regional tour as well as her new single release, “Baby Girl”
Prior releases include:
Accolades and Accomplishments include but are not limited to:
July 2013 Currently they are booking festival appearances and radio interviews to promote their upcoming release of “Baby Girl”. They are also looking forward to their recent invite to play at the 2013 Ohio State Fair.
March 2013 Ray was invited to sing the “National Anthem” for the “Toledo Walleyes
2013 Successfully established a solid foundation for Abby Ray as an up and coming Ohio regional act with the “Ohio Festivals & Events Association”
2012 Opening act for national act “Tony Rio” at the Napoleon, Ohio first annual tractor pull
2011 9th Annual Nashville Songwriters Festival on Music Row
2011 Live TV competition Wish upon a Song hosted by Shannon O'Neill with Leslie Norris-Townsend Broadcast on NBC & FOX Lima.
2010 Live Interview 92.5 KISS FM
2010 Maurice's Small Town Sound Band Search through Sonic Bids national
OFFICIAL EPK http://www.abbyray.com/fr_home.cfm
BAND CAMP http://abbyray.bandcamp.com/
LAST FM http://www.last.fm/music/Abby+Ray/The+Naked+Truth
CD BABY http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/AbbyRay
PROMO FM http://c1.promofm.com/Abby_Ray/
Abby Ray - Lead Vocal
Cory Hillman - Lead Guitar
2013 -”Baby Girl”, Country Pop
2012 -”Candy Rain”, Children's Single
2012 - “Blue Ray”, Pop EP
2011- “Dirty Bunny”, Techno Single
2010 - “The Naked Truth”, Pop Album
2007 -”Introducing Abby Ray”, Country EP
Local songwriter Ray releases revealing CD
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The cover art of Abby Ray's new CD is a striking depiction of her intent - she's unclothed, legs str...The cover art of Abby Ray's new CD is a striking depiction of her intent - she's unclothed, legs straddling the body of her guitar, hands cuddling the neck.
"The Naked Truth" is the local woman's coming out as a singer-songwriter, unafraid to reflect on the emotional bruises she's sustained along the way.
Abby Ray - the stage name for Abby (Flores) Ball - has been seriously writing songs since 2003.
She'd been making up songs in her head though since she was a child.
Her husband, Random Ball, heard her singing something while she was doing housework, and he was surprised when she told him it was something she'd made up.
He ended up buying her a pink guitar. That brightly colored instrument lit a fire under her.
"I was tired of singing to myself," she said.
That first guitar is immortalized fittingly in a song "Pinky." Another song "Erase the Ugly" touches the motivation for her songs.
Ray, who now lives in Weston, said she had "a rough time at Bowling Green High School" and ended up dropping out. "I was tormented in high school."
But the music allows her to release those emotions and keep that torment from controlling her.
She's gone back and got her GED, and now taking online courses through Phoenix University in health care management.
The music "allows me to be honest with myself, honest with other people."
Now at 27 Ray can say "I'm pleased with myself."
And "Naked Truth" is packed with songs that show her "wild side" like "Wild Night" and the classic country "Felony One."
All her songs, fun or serious, she said, are rooted in her own experiences.
With songs in hand, she taken her words and music out of the house, seeking whatever opportunities available to share her songs.
Ray played at the Wednesday night Loud and Local sessions at Howard's Club H in Bowling Green, - "Howard's really opened their doors up to me," she said - and recently has taken her talents across the street to Wednesday's Hump Day Revue at Grumpy Dave's.
This summer she recorded the CD working with producer Brett Dennison, who helped polish up her songs.
That CD is now available on her website AbbyRaymusic.com and a variety of shops around town including Finder's and Happy Badger.
Ray competed in Maurice's national search for the best female fronted band, and has been interviewed on 92.5 KISS FM in Toledo. Recently she played at the station's Toy-a-thon at Westfield Mall.
Tim Concannon, who created and hosts the Hump Day Revue, has been impressed with her energy. "She's out there trying to make the right connections."
As a performer, he said: "She's got a great personality. She's highly energetic and does a great job of getting the crowd involved."
That's including the children in her daughter's pre-school. She brought in small instruments so the youngsters could join her.
Going to school and pursuing a music career is important to her children, a 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son as well. "You see your kids," she said, "and you want them to be strong, so you have to be strong."
New Live TV Show, Miserable City, Records first Episode at Finn's
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Under the snarky moniker, "MISERABLE CITY, you're in good company" (a little slap toward Forbes Maga...Under the snarky moniker, "MISERABLE CITY, you're in good company" (a little slap toward Forbes Magazine's recent declaring of Toledo among the top on its Most Miserable Cities list), the show will be a combination of live music, poetry and spoken word readings, and later, artist profiles.
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he majority of MusicSchooled artists have testified that they can never sit still. Abby Ray takes th...he majority of MusicSchooled artists have testified that they can never sit still. Abby Ray takes that statement to a whole new level as she “never wears matching socks because [she] can’t sit still long enough to match them!” An Ohio native, Abby Ray’s country-folk music is a breath of fresh air as a Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, mature version of Taylor Swift type.
Abby Ray’s music is an introduction to her chaotic life. 90% of her songs were inspired by her best friend, and through her music Abby Ray has come to discover her own stories and loves sharing them with others. She becomes a new person when she performs, a persona she embodies that captures the fun-loving spirit of her music.
Impassioned Spirit, Songwriter Abby Ray
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Abby Ray El WEPAwebTV Review
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Abby Ray El WEPAwebTV Review written by: Luis Chaluisan Toledo singer Abby Ray has the wit, hu...Abby Ray
El WEPAwebTV Review
written by: Luis Chaluisan
Toledo singer Abby Ray has the wit, humility, talent and charm to go far in the indie music scene.
Be it acoustic or rocking out with her band, this is one "wise Latina" (yes, she has Mexican roots) who can transcend what another Toledo phenomenon, American Idol winner Crystal Bowersox, has accomplished.
And she does it with better dynamic clarity both in her lyrics and voice. A dynamo of original talent.
See and hear for yourself at a recent outing at the world famous Howard's Club H in BG, Ohio
Never far from her guitar or notebook, Ray has been quietly amassing a juggernaut of songs for several years. With each new song I've witnessed she moves rapaciously along crafting tunes that are like movements of a grand country rock opera. Can this be the face of the new American music? It certainly is as far as WEPAwebTV is concerned in light of the fact she is in the right place at the right time as Latinos in the US exert themselves as the second majority.
Her stories (and this is the mark of excellent songwriting) not only archive the stateside experience but more importantly expose a strong female awareness which invites the listener into a deep well of consciousness.
But don't take my word for it. Visit her website today! http://www.abbyraymusic.com/
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1. Band on the run – The Beatles
2. Give me one reason – Tracey Chapman
3. She in love with the boy- Trisha Yearwood
4. Famous in a Small Town- Miranda Lambert
5. Pumped up Kicks - FUN
6. Santeria- Sublime
7. Hotel California – The Eagles
8. Felony one–Abby Ray
9. Hurt so bad – Susan Tedeschi
10. Bitch- Meredith Brooks
11. Pinky–Abby Ray
12. Hit me With you r Best Shot- Joan Jett
13. Oh Darling – The Beatles
14. Piece of my heart – Janis Joplin
15. Sweet child o mine – Guns N Roses
16. Rock in roll – Led Zepplin
17. David–Abby Ray
18. Me and Bobby mcgee- Janis Joplin
19. Angel –Abby Ray
20. American Girl – Tom Petty
21. Baby girl–Abby Ray
22. Zombie - Cranberries
23. Wild night- Abby ray
24. Sweet Dreams – Marylyn Manson
25. Janies got a Gun – Aerosmith
26. Crying - Aerosmith
27. One life–Abby Ray
28. Black velvet – Alanas Miles
29. Come together – The Beatles
30. No Rain – Blind Melon
31. Head Over Feet - Alanis
32. Proud mary – Tina Turner
33. My Baby loves me–Abby Ray
34. Do you wanta touch Joan Jett
35. Crimson and clover Joan Jett
36. I already know–Abby Ray (A & D)
37. Jolene -
38. Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
39. Before he cheats – Carrie Underwood
40. Sunday morning – Gwen Staphanie
41. Hella good – Gwen Staphanie
42. I realize –Abby Ray
43. Move Along – cory’s song
44. Uninvited – Alanis Morresette
45. Stay- Sugarland
46. Addict -
47. Barriers (#4 Blue Ray) –Abby Ray
48. Time of our lives–Abby Ray
49. Stand by me – B.E. King
50. Will you still love me tomorrow – The Shirelles
51. Last kiss – Pearl Jam
52. Don’t think twice Bob Dylan
There are no upcoming dates at this time.