Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz
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Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz

Fallbrook, California, United States

Fallbrook, California, United States
Band Blues Rock


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"AKB To Compete at IBC in Memphis"

Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz will be representing San Diego in Memphis Tennessee January 26th-28th, 2006 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The BLUSD (Blues Lovers United of San Diego) organization sponsored the competition to choose the regional representative. The BLUSD is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to preserve and promote awareness and appreciation for the blues.
There were 3 preliminary rounds held at the great venues of Humphrey’s, Belly Up Tavern, and Chuey’s, where 16 bands competed. The final competition was held at the San Diego House of Blues on Saturday November 19th, and Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz came out on top. Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz plays over 125 dates a year all over the US. The band calls Fallbrook, CA home. They will be opening for Etta James January 13th, 2006 at Pechanga Casino. You can see them at many local venues, like Pala Casino. Check out their website for a complete listing of shows.

"Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival"

Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz (AKB) has been selected as one of ten musical acts to perform during the upcoming film festival. AKB, a high energy blues based band, recently released their 1st CD “trunk full of bluez”. The CD is garnering rave reviews by music professionals and fans alike. The festivals participants encompass all genres of music. This year the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival (TVIFMF) slated for September 8-12, 2004 at the Movie Experience 10 at Tower Plaza has created a special opportunity for the winners of their Music Fest. They will have their music heard & distributed, regionally & globally thanks to Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival's 10th Anniversary Celebration Special Edition CD Featuring the Festival's Top 10 Music Artists.
Thanks to the distribution arm of eight Inland Empire locations of Blockbuster Video, the official information outlet and co-sponsor of the Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004 All-Day Music Fest (11 a.m. -6 p.m.), artists will get the chance to be HEARD LIVE at the event and be part of festival history. This is the 1st time for a compilation CD to be part of the event. It will be available for sale at the event, at Blockbuster and online at the festival website,, with exposure for possible radio airplay from media sponsors. This not only gets them heard, but available to the music enthusiast buying public. Proceeds from the CD will go to the artists and Blockbuster will donate their proceeds to the festival (501C3 non-profit corporation) creating opportunities and scholarships for artists of the future.
The Music Fest component of TVIFMF is designed to showcase the music vision and artistic wizardry of talented individuals and groups from across America and the world. Emerging, up and coming unsigned performing artists and bands, vocal performers (solo, duo, trio, quartet or an ensemble) submitted original music for the judges, who then chose the top 10 acts.
- Local Newspapers

"'I Grew Up In Gospel And Soul'"

'I grew up in Gospel and soul'

Sugaray Rayford's singing leads way for the hard-driving
Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz

By Marcia Manna
January 5, 2006

'Worry, Worry, Worry" was a song that busted out of Sugaray Rayford by its own power, like a sneeze or a sudden sob. No lyrics were written down, or clever rhymes conceived. Out it came, wrenching and powerful.

"I just closed my eyes and sang it straight from my heart," said Rayford, front man for the Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz blues band. "I've been through a lot in my life, and one thing I learned is there is no sense in worrying. It will just give you gray hair."

A little over a year ago, Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz released "trunk full of bluez," a juke joint-worthy album that includes such bracing originals as the foot-stomping "Jelly Roll," "Big Legged Woman" and the bump-and-grind groove of "Rub My Back."

Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his firsthand experience with hardship. He grew up in Texas, his childhood marked by poverty and loss. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief.

"She suffered and we suffered," Rayford said. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul."

Wailing guitar work by Jimmy King complements Rayford's gravelly testifying style. Bill Kilpatrick on keyboards, Dwane Hathorn on drums, percussionist Bastos Moenho and bassist Joe Schiavone round out the band.

Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz has a distinctive sound and it has built a large fan base the old-school way, by performing at every opportunity. "We would play any gig, anywhere, anytime," said Rayford, a Fallbrook resident.

"We aren't 19 anymore and we wanted to make it to the next level. Our name saturated the market and we started getting phone calls from everywhere."

The "next level" translates to higher pay, larger venues and more exposure. Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz could get much closer to that goal when they travel to Memphis to participate in the International Blues Challenge Jan. 26-28, a privilege earned by winning the regional competition hosted last November by the Blues Lovers United San Diego. More than 100 bands will compete for first prize, which awards cash, equipment and bookings on a blues festival circuit.

Upcoming local gigs include an appearance Wednesday at Harrah's Rincon Casino in Valley Center and the opening spot for Etta James Jan. 13 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.

"You need to experience the blues live," Rayford insists. "When there is a great band playing with a lot of energy and fire, it will get you hooked."

- San Diego Union Tribune


"It's Tight Like That" full length CD released 06/23/07
"trunk full of bluez" full length CD released 01/30/04



Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz
Jim King (909) 239-0622 or Sugaray (760) 403-6411
Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz is a diverse group of musicians from Southern California, who perform high-energy blues, rock & soul. The core band members are Jim King / Lead Guitar, Sugaray / Lead Vocals, Dwane Hathorn / Drums, Joe Schiavone / Bass and Bastos Moenho / Percussion. Michael Mack / Keyboards. In January 2006 the Boyz competed at the 2006 IBC (International Blues Challenge) in Memphis TN, where they came home with 2nd place, after competing with over 130 blues bands from around the world. They also recently opened for Etta James in the Pechanga Showroom to a sold out crowd where they received a standing ovation and performed an encore. Their performance will energize your body and replenish your soul. The boyz perform originals and covers, but the covers are kizzyfied, making them unique to the boyz style. Aunt Kizzy's Boyz will guarantee that your next event is a big success. Their first CD, trunk full of bluez, was released January 2004 to rave reviews.

Blues Critic stated in March 2006:
".If you ain't got a great singer you ain't got this critic's ear. Well, the Boyz got themselves a serious blues-shouter who goes by the name Sugaray Rayford. Hailing from Tyler Texas, Sugaray possesses one of those powerful ,gospel-soaked voices that can take the meekest of songs and improve it. He and his mates start their debut disc, "Trunk Full Of Bluez", on the good foot with a ripping 12-bar blues shuffle called "Jelly Roll". Sugaray comes-a wailing' and guitarist Jim King shreds mightily over the racing groove, courtesy of bassist Joe Schiavone and drummer Duane Hathorn. And their show stopping version of Albert King's "Rub My Back". This track sizzles! Dare I say it even eclipses King's version and this is coming from a serious Albert King admirer!”
CD #2 is a live recording entitled It’s Tight Like That, and was just released June 23, 07 .

Jim King
Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Jim King's soulful sounds have been burning up Southern California for over 25 years. A native Californian, Jim was born in Lake Arrowhead and raised in coastal LA area. Prior to Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz, Jim Played in numerous blues bands including Maxx, Tonnage, Holy Smoke, R.M.B.P., and King James and the Blues Testament. King's solo debut album, WHEN THE BLUES ARE GREEN garnered rave reviews & he recently signed with Grooveyard Records for distribution of this CD.
"Blues Revue" magazine stated:
"His stripped-down approach reveals an uncanny soulfulness that's almost unnerving in its
depth and effectiveness."
Grooveyard Records states:
“Excellent debut studio disc from this awesome, obscure blues/rock guitar slinger from California featuring an amazing, superb eleven track Peter Green musical tribute. Deep burning blues
licks, killer extended solos…”
He has performed with Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Chuck Kavooras (The slide God), Gary Malliber (Steve Miller), Tommy Ere (Joe Cocker) and many others.

Lead Vocals
Texas born Sugaray began his musical career at the age of 7 singing with the choir in church and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. He has performed with many notable artists, including James Gadson, Joe Luis Walker, Kal David, Slash (Guns N Roses), Average White Band, Gerald Johnson, Super Diamond, Venice & Dennis Quaid to name a few. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it you feel it. With his dynamic voice, you hear echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. When he performs you will find it hard to stay in your seat, and before you know it you will find yourself on your feet, having a great time dancing the night away.

Dwane Hathorn
Dwane grew up in Compton, California. He was raised on blues, jazz, big band and R&B. This diverse background gives Dwane a broad perspective when it comes to music. He has performed/collaborated with Marshall Hawkins (Miles Davis), Chubby Jackson, Harold Land, Bob Boss, Bill McGee, Greg Crockett (Motown), Stan Smith (Bernie Mack Show), and many others.

Joe Schiavone
Bass Guitar
The newest addition to the band, Joe has been playing bass since 1976. Since high school, music has played a major role in Joe's life. He attended the Jamie Faunt Creative School of Music in Hollywood. Joe has played with numerous talented bands. These bands include L.A. Knights, Oil of L..A. Band, and Ric Henderson Blues Band to name a few. He has also done studio and video work.

Bastos Moenho
Born in Angola-Africa, a self taught percussionist and singer, Bastos sings in his native Portuguese and in English. He relocated to Portugal in 1975, where he performed with African, Brazilian, and European artists throughout Western Europe. In 1991 he moved to Southern California and has played a wide ra