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    Michael Raye

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    Michael Raye:
    Composer, Producer, Piano/Keyboards,
    Arranger, Singer, Actor

    Michael Raye's impressive debut began at age seven with his first piano recital. At fourteen, he played cello at Carnegie Hall with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of New York. Composition in his early teen years soon followed. Michael graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in music and continued his education in advanced music composition at Indiana University. As a musical director and conductor he has worked with such artists as: Gloria Gaynor, Suzette Charles, Bessye Scott, Keith David and Little Anthony and the Imperials. As a musician, he has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with an impressive array of artists including: Daryl Hall, Will Downing, Michael Bolton, Tom Browne, Deniece Williams, Phyllis Hyman and Gloria Gaynor. He has recorded with Richie Havens, John Blake and Will Downing among others. Michael has performed on Broadway in 'Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk' and 'It's So Nice to be Civilized.'

    He has composed for film and television, including the 1992 Sundance film festival grand prize winner "Just another girl on the IRT" as well as industrials and corporate exhibits in the United States, Europe and Canada. Michael has been the recipient of several grants and has been commissioned by several Modern and Ballet Dance companies for his original compositions. These companies include: David Parsons Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Met, Michael Mao, and Carolyn Dorfman.

    As a solo artist, he has recorded, arranged, produced and released two singles on Menu Records entitled 'No Love Intended' and 'Black and White.' His debut CD 'Due Lights' was released on his own label HotLance Records and his most recent CD 'Mystic Gypsies' was released on SoulRaye Records, both at www.CDBaby.com.

    Television performances have included: Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friday Night Videos, Good Morning America, CBS Good Day America, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. For ABC Television, he acted in the movie 'Double Platinum' starring Diana Ross and Brandy.

    Michael was recently honored with an award from the spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy entitled 'Lifting the world with a oneness heart' for his song 'Beyond the Realm of Time.'

    For more information on Michael Raye please log on to www.SoulRaye.com

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