Ray DeTone, at the age of two, watched records go round and round for hours. When Ray was five, this native New Yorker heard “Walk, Don’t Run” by The Ventures and immediately knew that his love for music had to be experienced on the guitar. By eleven he had already played his first professional gig and at fourteen, wrote and recorded his first song on his Dad’s sound-on-sound tape machine. Thus this guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer was born.
Since then, Ray has composed, produced & performed on
hundreds of songs that can be heard on MTV, Univision, RAI-TV Italy,
Playgirl TV, ComedyNET, Handmade TV, AllRecipes.com and recently placed
songs in the Alec Baldwin/Danny Glover film “Back In The Day”,
Cinemax's "Strike Back" and Quaker Oats/Pepsi 's Overnight Oats global
TV campaign. As a writer for the New York based Omni Music Library,
Ray's compositions are used as Background Music in countless
international ad campaigns and media outlets.
Ray is known for his eclectic compositions and playing styles and
skills; some of which include: Spanish Classical/Flamenco - (skated to
by the 2007 World Champion Figure Skater, Caroline Zhang); World music
from Arabia, Africa, France, Italy and China; Blues, Country, Rock,
Rockabilly, New Age and Heavy Metal; New Orleans 2nd Line; Orchestral
scores & Choir Arrangements; Comedy/Cartoon Music; Cinematic Themes
in many styles with diverse instrumentation.
As a guitarist, producer and/or musical director Ray
has toured/recorded/performed with such luminaries as: Grammy-Winning
producer, Neil Dorfsman for the Japanese artist, Himuro; Iron Maiden
frontman, Paul Dianno; legendary Liverpool bassist/singer, Mark Clarke;
the iconic Ronnie Spector; hit songwriter, Mark Mangold w. CBS
recording artist “Drive, She Said”; In 2002, Ray was asked to “shred” a
Jason Becker song on a benefit CD which also featured Steve Vai, Marty
Friedman and Randy Coven. Ray has also guitared for dozens of major
Chinese pop stars and has been heard, if not seen, in the orchestra pit
of the Broadway shows "Jesus Christ, Superstar" & "Godspell".
Ray has released 3 instrumental CDs, which feature his versatility,
technical ability, and ear for melody, funneled through a variety of
styles and six-string antics. His debut, “Once More ... With Feeling”
was licensed in Japan by Big MF/Zain Records.
2012 saw Ray perform, as MD/guitarist, at London,
England’s Wembley Arena for Ali Isabella, the youngest artist to ever
grace that iconic stage who is also a Billboard Hot Single Sales chart
topping songwriter. Ray also is currently Russian superstar, "Emin"
Agalarov’s MD/guitarist when he's touring in the U.S.A.
2013 has Ray recently returned from Japan and now traveling to Los
Angeles to perform at two pre-Grammy shows with Ali and Emin
respectively and perform at ASCAPs Writer's Expo.
What's next for Ray DeTone? "Well, I want to keep
learning and obviously, working as much as possible," Ray says, with a
grin. "I love working with all types of musicians and styles of music
and I hope to broaden those opportunities in the future."