Ray Bryant

Ray Bryant

 Stamford, Connecticut, USA

A dynamic blend of original acoustic singer songwriter folk music, with a funk and electronica groove. At times spontaneous and thought provoking, yet I always try to maintain a sense of humor. Always, always play with feeling.


The man affectionately known as rayray has been on and around music his whole life. At 18 months of age my mother asked me what I wanted, my reply was "A Ditar) come to realize that it was a sitar that I longed for but with her lack of understanding I wound up with a guitar at age 6. At age 11 I tore my right (picking hand) index finger off at the first knuckle while skateboarding, which subsequently lead to a long time with no outside influence, I transcribed Randy Rhodes entire guitar part from Crazy Train and performed it with my fretting hand for my friends. They were still grossed out by my missing finger but they also thought I was cool enough to come and visit. At the same time I was blessed and cursed due to my mother being an insanely cool dancer so she taught me how to feel music by dancing to everything from Kool and the Gang, and Earth,Wind and Fire to the Beach Boys. My father spent much time in Haiti and introduced me to composer Joe Fabio and he gave me my first dose of island rhythms from all over the Caribbean. My exposure to house music and the beginnings of freestyle rap phrasing and the introduction to human beat making is a huge influence. As I grew I found that influences would come from every direction and I kept listening, and playing, entertaining and writing, I found Michael Hedges, at the same time as Jerry Garcia. I also brought in elements of electronica ala Simon Posford, and Bill Laswell. The music is the music, I hear it and try to describe it to my audience via the instrumentation available to me at any given time. Being spontaneous and delivering surprises to my audience is what I do best.


First recordings were with Prince Paul from NYC and was in a techno-dance form. Called Acoustech 1993

LOM (Four Hands Two Voices) was mostly folk but with a strong driving percussive sound as well. With the use of mouth horns, human beat boxing and vocal noises we had man layers. (2002)

Butterfly Soul. Strictly acoustic instruments were used to produce an electronic effect. Heavily influenced by the network of Shpongle (2006)

The Latter Part of Yesterday. Bluesy, Folk album with a very dark edge. Based on the life and times of a fictional character loathing around in NYC's lower east side(2007)

Radio Kite. Eclectic Pop/Rock with a twist of Reggae. Website is under construction at this time but CD is available on Itunes, and at CD Baby. (2009)