Ray Parker Jr.


Genre: Jazz Vocal
Performances at Java Jazz Festival:
Sunday March 9, 2008, BNI 46
Website: http://www.rayparkerjr.com/
 
 
About This Act :
If Jimmy Buffet grew up in Detroit, it would sound like this. Rays new album IM FREE equals and surpasses his earlier hits. Produced, composed, arranged and sung by Parker, IM FREE showcases a new found beginning for this exceptional artist and embraces a variety of musical styles including Urban, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Reggae. This album represents a lot more than just a song or a project, says Ray. For the first time in many years I feel free to express myself the way I used to when I first started! Utilizing the cream of L.A.s studio A team along with Ray himself on both acoustic and electric guitar, IM FREE exhibits a new maturity for the man who first gained fame writing and recording youth based love songs, both with his band RAYDIO (You Cant Change That) and later as a solo artist (Ghostbusters). With more adult themes to sing about, Ray wrote every song on the album with the exception of the David Gates/Bread hit Guitar Man. From the beautiful acoustic guitar opening on Mexico to the closing instrumental Gibsons Theme, Parker takes the listener on a heartfelt journey that is both musically stunning and lyrically moving

taken from : javajazzfestival.com/2008/artists

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