Singer/songwriter Diamond Ray provides a unique and refreshing soundtrack to the millennial ear. Born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, now residing in Los Angeles, Diamond creates transparent music that offers listeners a window seat into the life of a young woman dealing with everyday issues that we all face, but are reluctant to have the conversation about.
Raised by her grandmother, who was a notable gospel singer in Eastern Kentucky, and by the 2000s Pop & R&B hits on FM radio (Fergie, Britney Spears, Beyonce, The Dream), Diamond quickly found her passion in music as a young child. At age 7, she learned about song structure and began writing jingles and full songs. Early-on, her lyrics showcased her quip, motivating and empowering charisma — including words of inspiration to chase one’s dreams and be authentic to one’s self.
Up until her adolescence, Diamond continued to find her voice. By age 12, she joined her middle school choir to further sharpen her vocals, and she soon made her way to lead. Shortly after, Diamond found herself needing another outlet to escape family affairs — so, inspired by Nicki Minaj, she began writing raps, reciting, and even battling against teenage boys. After competing in local singing competitions, Diamond ended up connecting with an agency that opened the door for additional competitions, taking her talents to Florida. There, she came across new opportunities and eventually made the switch from music to modeling at 16. After a few years, Diamond returned to music, deciding she was ready to take her career to the next level.
By 2018, Diamond moved to Los Angeles, where she met fellow Kentucky native, decorated producer and engineer FORREST. Since, the two have been working on new music, exploring her Alternative Pop-Soul sound. In February 2019, Diamond released her first official offering, “Lullaby,” and followed it with “Caution” in August. Diamond, whose lyrics remain real, transparent, empowering and motivational, wishes to be a voice to millennials, for millennials, from a millennial — bringing forth the importance of communication and articulation, issues that seem to be one of our biggest amongst each other. She adds, “everyone just wants others to understand.”
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