Ray Goren is a musician and singer who plays guitar and several other instruments. Initially self-taught, Ray started out 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 and 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.”
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 don’t know why I clicked on it. I saw B.B. King, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton. I watched a video of them playing ‘Sweet Little Angel’ and I was moved by the energy, their charisma and something really deep and soulful appealed to me. It got to my heart.”
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 on the main stage at opening night of 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 original music has received significant praise and AXs Entertainment music review hailed Ray Goren as one of the ten best independent artists of summer, while Pop Dose picked Ray’s EP as one of the top ten ”stellerstandouts… of the hundreds of EPs that have landed on my desk as of late…”
Ray’s “Save My Soul” EP charted on the Root’s charts for about six months, peakIng at number 13. At the same time Ray and his original music were featured on the home page of Guitar World. Ray’s latest EP “Songs For You” is a five-song EP released by Jay Vee Records and produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Steve Jordan. In reflecting on Ray Goren, Jordan 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.
Ray Goren and Robby Krieger shreddin’ it
Ray Goren – Machine Gun (Live Performance)
Ray Goren ‘Songs For You’ EP Trailer
Buddy Guy Band + Ray Goren @ Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA – Aug 7 2012
Ray Goren – Fire and Rain
Ray Goren – ‘Save My Soul’ (Official Lyric Video)
Ray Goren – Can’t Live Like This (Official Lyric Video)
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