Ray Goren is a musician and singer who plays guitar and several other instruments. Initially self-taught, Ray started playing piano and grew up listening to jazz and blues. Ray says, “I started messing with piano when I was three but got really serious about it at the age of five when I was listening to Theolonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Coltrane as well as Miles Davis and all those guys. My father got me a boombox and some jazz CDs and I had a little keyboard at home and would try to play like those guys.”

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When Ray was seven, his family moved to California from New York City and he got into the guitar. “I had been looking online for jazz musician J.J. Johnson, who was an incredible trombone player, and instead of typing J.J., I typed B.B. by accident. The first thing that came up was B.B. King and I don’t know why I clicked on it. I saw B.B. King, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton. I watched the video of them playing ‘Sweet Little Angel’. I was moved by the energy and their charisma. It was deep and soulful — it got to my heart.”

Ray says “The soul of my music is tied to the Blues, which is my foundation. Instead of growing and evolving from the blues into rock, I listened to Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Donny Hathaway, Prince, and others. Later I listened to all the Rock greats as well as to more recent bands like Maroon 5, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Imagine Dragons, and pop music such as the Weeknd, J. Cole, Drake and others.” Ray’s diverse musical tastes have influenced his original music; a mixture of pop, rock and R&B.

Ray is an explosive live performer who has been playing all around the United States. He has shared the stage with BB King, Leon Russell, Robby Krieger, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Alice Cooper and Eric Gales to name just a few. Chicago Sun Times music critic Thomas Conner wrote after Ray’s performance opening night on the main stage for the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival “Ray Goren stepped up Thursday night and ripped out a guitar solo that would have made some hairs fall out of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s soul patch.” After seeing Ray open for BB King in Monterey, reviewer Jason Debord wrote on Rocksubculture.com: “Ray is a real phenomenon, and you sit there not believing what you are seeing and hearing… It was really one of the most unbelievable moments I’ve experienced at any concert. Amazing.”

Ray’s “Save My Soul” EP charted on the Root’s charts for about six months, peaking at number 13. Ray and his original music were featured on the home page of Guitar World and Guitar Center. In reflecting on Ray Goren, Steve Jordan, who produced Ray’s recent “Songs For You EP, says, “Ray is not just a musician, he’s a great singer who writes great songs….I’ve worked with a ton of great and legendary musicians in my career and Ray is one of the most gifted artists I’ve ever witnessed. Between his guitar playing, piano playing, songwriting and singing, He’s a special talent.” Steve Jordan is a highly-respected Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musician, producer and writer who has worked with Keith Richards, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and Kelly Clarkson, to name just a few.

Ray has two bands. The first, called Ray Goren and the Soul Fixers, is a dynamic pop/rock band that plays Ray’s original music. The other band, Ray Goren & the Generation Blues Experience is a blues band comprised of several blues veterans who have been mentoring Ray since he was 12.

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