RAVI

RAVI

 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

RAVI has played guitar for one of the world’s top selling bands, appeared on most major TV programs, and performed in arenas, stadiums and prestigious events including a White House Christmas party. The singer/songwriter's power trio rocks and he charms when playing solo acoustic.

Biography


Major Television Appearances:
· Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
· The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)
· The Rosie O'Donnell Show (NBC)
· Saturday Night Live (NBC)
· After Breakfast (FOX)
· Showbiz Today (CNN)
· The Today Show (NBC)
· Good Morning America (ABC)

College Appearances:
· University of Virginia (Charlottesville VA)
· Columbia University (New York NY)
· Loyola University (New Orleans LA)
· Delgado University (New Orleans LA)
· University of Florida (Gainesville FL)
· Berklee College of Music (Boston MA)
· Pace University (White Plains NY)
· Pepperdine University (Los Angeles CA)
· University of California L.A. (Los Angeles CA)
· Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte NC)

Festival Appearances:
· Goodwill Games (New York NY)
· Musique d'Ici et d'Ailleurs (Chalons, France)
· All Star Guitar Night (Indianapolis IN, Anaheim CA)
· Dfest (Tulsa OK)
· Entergy Fest (New Orleans LA)
· Oyster Festival (Norwalk CT)
· Downtown Alive (Baton Rouge LA)
· Lafayette Square Festival (New Orleans LA)
· Jammin' on Julia (New Orleans LA)
· First Night (Raleigh NC)
· Tosco Music Party (Charlotte NC)
· M.e.a.n.y. Fest (New York NY)
· French Quarter Festival (New Orleans LA)
· Atlantis (Atlanta GA)

Shared Bills:
· Moe
· Paramore
· Disco Biscuits
· Dweezil Zappa
· All American Rejects
· The Wallflowers
· Suzanne Vega
· Fiona Apple
· Lisa Loeb

Professional Endorsements:
· Brian Moore custom electric guitars
· CF Martin acoustic guitars
· Digitech modelers and loopers
· Gibson strings & accessories
· Graph Tech Guitar Labs
· Greg Bennett solid acoustics, hollow electrics
· Kustom tube amplifiers
· Levy's Leathers guitar straps
· Maui Jim sunglasses
· Sennheiser microphones, wireless
· Seymour Duncan guitar pickups
· Yamaha digital recording & keyboards

Awards:
· Double Platinum Record (Hanson, Middle of Nowhere)

Ravi, an artist whose credits span from the dives of Manhattan to the Oval Office, tours the country performing original music (HeyRavi.com), conducting guitar clinics (InstantGuitarification.com), and lecturing on entrepreneurship, living the dream, and crucial issues facing the arts and sciences (ArtisticIntegrity.org). The singer-songwriter and guitarist originally from New York City—now residing in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia following a three-year sojourn in New Orleans—has performed on Letterman, Leno, Saturday Night Live, Today Show, Good Morning America, etc., and at the most prestigious venues including Madison Square Garden, Louisiana Superdome, and the White House. Ravi also appears annually at one of the music industry's most celebrated events: "All Star Guitar Night."

The "crème de la crème" of the entertainment industry frequently calls on Ravi. Mercury Records/PolyGram hired him in 1997 to play guitar on tour with three-time Grammy nominee Hanson (the top selling band in the world that year). Simon & Schuster published his tour journal/autobiography. Electronic Musician, Music & Sound Retailer, and several other magazines feature Ravi's articles, and he has a monthly column in Music Inc. magazine. Berklee College of Music and others including NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) and most music business conferences regularly host his lectures. The world's largest manufacturer of guitars and pianos, SMC (Samick Music Corp.), sought out Ravi to represent Greg Bennett Guitars as the brand's national electric guitar clinician. TrueFire contracted Ravi to film several long-form guitar instructional videos and join their faculty of world famous guitarists. Most recently, the Baltimore Music Conference asked Ravi to deliver the Keynote Address.

With professional endorsements & business savvy, Ravi releases CDs independently and tours extensively. He writes and performs a unique twist on "pop" music, combining funky grooves with smart songwriting. His music and musicianship have garnered rave reviews, comparing him to Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Duane Allman, Peter Frampton, and others. Ravi has earned a reputation for delivering high quality music and entertainment.

In addition, Ravi is the founder of ArtisticIntegrity.org and CultureofIntegrity.org—two Web sites aimed at inspiring greater social responsibility amongst artists and corporations. These Web sites combined with his frequent lectures and articles on "Integrity" have positioned Ravi as one of the most outspoken advocates on the subject in the music industry. He is also the spokesman for The Music For Life Alliance—uniting non-profits that bring music education to underprivileged kids—and he sits on the board of several organizations under that umbrella.

He recently broadened his horizons (literally) by entering the Aviation Industry as a consultant, and of course, pilot. He has been featured at the nation's two largest air shows, Sun 'n' Fun in Lakeland FL and AirVenture in Oshkosh WI. In addition, he writes for AOPA

Lyrics

Song

Written By: Ravi

It seems like such a long time
Since music has just been played
People singing for a living
Not thinking about getting paid

But now it’s legal rhymes, corporate rhythms
Compromised artistic visions
I hope it’s not too long before the radio is on
And the meaning is back in music and the music is back in song

Image is everything
Music now is seen
MTV is a religion
Converting all the teens

But now it’s legal rhymes, corporate rhythms
Compromised artistic visions
I hope it’s not too long before the radio is on
And the meaning is back in music and the music is back in song

New York, LA
Can’t you see you’re in your own way
The money is big if the art is strong
I hope it’s not too long before the radio is on
And the meaning is back in music and the music is back in song

©Suburban Turban Inc.

Best I Can Be

Written By: Ravi

I don’t care about love if it uncovers the things that I hide.
And I can’t rise above the things that I’ve done, the tears that I’ve cried.

But if you want to take a chance with me
Roll the dice; you’ll get what you see.
And if you want to make romance with me
You’ll pay the price, but I’ll be the best that I can be.

I’ll put you on an airplane, a bullet train; I’ll force you in the passing lane
I’m guaranteed to drive you insane.
I’m up at night right through daylight and picking fights with small termites
There’s dysfunction going on in my brain.

But if you want to take a chance with me
Roll the dice; you’ll get what you see.
And if you want to make romance with me
You’ll pay the price, but I’ll be the best that I can be.

©Suburban Turban Inc.

Shadow?

Written By: Ravi

Look into my eyes and tell me what you see
Will be everything I’ve dreamed or just a product of opportunity

Am I just a guided missile that’s gone off course?
Destined to crash in a midlife crisis?
Am grabbing at the first things I see?
Does my shadow look like me?

Unfamiliar shapes, an unfamiliar style
A change in my life’s pace, a new game for a while

They say a jack of all trades is a master of none
There aren’t too many things that I have not done
People say I’m living the American Dream
But does my shadow look like me?

Look into my eyes, I guess I’m doing okay
I’ll assume the future is bright, and just live for today

Why second guess my actions if I’m having fun
Make the most of each day under the sun
‘Cause now I know that that’s my shadow

©Suburban Turban Inc.

Inside of Me

Written By: Ravi

Take a look around queen of lost and found
You’re scraping up the damaged goods right off the ground
Fly way any day now
Take of the blinds and read the signs and hear me out

What you want, what you need
You won’t find in anyone like you’ll find in me
What you want, what you need
You’ve been looking everywhere but you can't see
What you want, can’t you see what you need, it’s inside of me.

I know I’ve been you friend and I’ll be there until the end
But we could be so much more so why pretend
You should be with me now
A love like this should not be missed, don’t count me out

What you want, what you need
You won’t find in anyone like you’ll find in me
What you want, what you need
You’ve been looking everywhere but you can see
What you want, can’t you see what you need, it’s inside of me.

©Suburban Turban Inc.

Discography


· RAVI CD - "Beyond the Blur" (Suburban Turban)
· RAVI CD - "Ravi" (Suburban Turban)
· RAVI Interactive CD - "Guitarology" (Truefire)
· RAVI Interactive CD - "1000 Songs" (Truefire)
· RAVI Book - "Dancin' with Hanson" (Simon & Schuster)
· Brian Moore Guitars CD - Artist Vol 1 (Brian Moore Guitars)
· Hanson DVD - "Tulsa, Tokyo, & the Middle of Nowhere" (Mercury Records/Polygram)

Set List


Captivating concerts from 45 to 120 minutes (or multiple 45-60 minute sets over an entire evening). Mostly original songs that include jaw-dropping improvised jams and a few inventive versions of classic rock songs:
· a funky "Don't Let Me Down"
· an upbeat "Imagine"
· a funky "Jumping Jack Flash"
· an etherial "Can't Find My Way Home"
· an upbeat acoustic "Little Wing"
· and others

Original titles include:
· Walk on By
· Sunflower in the Shade
· Shadow?
· How Different They Are
· New Year's Day
· Fire By Night
· I Don't Need You Anymore
· It's Up To You
· Please Don't Fall For Me
· Talking In My Sleep
· In Your Eyes
· Best I Can Be
· Song
· Spinning Broken Wheels
· Daddy
· Inside of Me
· 100 Degrees
· Two-Face Advice
· Second Chance
· Lost In Your World
· First Train Out Tonight
· Junk Food Heaven
· Girls Like You
· Live Your Life
· One Step
· Without You
· Only a Feeling
· Shine On You