Ray Angry is a pianist, producer, composer and is one of the most in-demand artists today. Classically trained with roots in gospel, one foot firmly planted in jazz and the other stirring the pot of pan-global pop, Ray Angry is the musician that the sharpest and shrewdest up-and-coming musicians aspire to be. As a tireless and ceaselessly inspired pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger and all-around coveted sideman—in the studio and on the road—Ray is the busiest, most eclectic musical talent crisscrossing the globe and genres for collaborations with today’s most exciting new and veteran artists. Ray’s resume since the ‘90s bursts with names such as Jeff Beck, Wynton Marsalis, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Yolanda Adams, Daniel Winans, Joss Stone, Sting, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Cindy Blackman, a duo of Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart, Estelle, Richard Smallwood, Dionne Warwick, Dianne Reeves, Queen Latifah, D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Christina Aguilera and ongoing associates The Roots.
In collaboration with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Ray co-produced and co-composed “It Ain’t Fair” (for Oscar consideration) from the film Detroit, placed “Running” (sung by Yahzarah) in Spike Lee’s 2017 Netflix reboot of She’s Gotta Have It, received co-composing and co-production credits for the score of the 2016 revamp of the TV movie classic Roots, was music consultant on the song “It Ain’t Easy” for Chris Rock’s movie Top Five, plus wrote and co-produced the song “Peace” for the Showtime TV drama The Chi.
He comes through with Producer Mondays which challenges artists to trust their musical intuitions and dive into creating original music on the spot. It is an ode to the original jazz jam session of the 1920 Harlem Renaissance and a celebration of the evolution of the new age sounds of today. Producer Mondays is a unique musical space that shares the essence of live music in a different way—an authentic and soul-filling type of way that guarantees audiences a musical vibration like never before.
We got a chance to speak to the music veteran on his busy life, his Producer Mondays installment, working with some of Hip-Hop’s elites, meeting Kanye West, his dream collaborations + much more. Get into the interview audio below.
How Everything Is Going In Life.
Musical Influences Growing Up.
How ‘Producer Mondays’ Came About.
Working With ‘The Roots’ & That Being His First Gig As A Recording Artist On A Major Label.
Hip-Hop Music Evolving?
Working With Female Artist Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera + More.
One Song That Describes His Life At The Moment.
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