Contemporary R&B singer Gabriel Ray is garnering major attention in the competitive Los Angeles music scene with his two new singles “Body Language” and “Cater to You”. A Chicago native, Gabriel became interested in music at an early age. As a kid, he was able to develop his singing ability at his local church, where his uncle was choir director. As a teenager, Gabriel continued developing his singing abilities singing in all three of his high school choirs; concert, show, and gospel choir. After he graduated high school he earned a B.A. in Economics from the prestigious Northwestern University. Upon graduation, he started working in Finance but his love for music drove his decision to abandon Finance and pursue a career in Music.A little later, Gabriel Ray relocated to Los Angeles to start his musical journey. Once arriving to LA he teamed up with friend and mentor Freckles the Writer who has written hits for R. Kelly, Janet Jackson, & Seal to hone his abilities as a writer and vocalist. He also has had opportunities singing background for artist such as Madonna and R. Kelly to name a few. “Cater to You” and “Body Language” are two singles off his untitled album scheduled this summer. Enjoy our interview with Gabriel Ray below!
How did you get into the R&B genre? Is it something you always gravitated towards? I have loved R&B since I was a kid. I grew up listening to Jagged Edge, Next, Usher, Tank and R.Kelly. The sensual nature of the genre is why I gravitate towards it. I love women, I love love, the genre fits who I am.
Tell us about your two brand new singles, “Body Language” and Cater to You”? What were the inspirations for both of these tracks You mean did I have a muse? Of Course, I did, if I didn’t this music wouldn’t be genuine…lol The songs are heavily inspired by my ex and the dynamic of our relationship. “Body Language” is baby making music, very much a reflection of my sensual nature. “Cater To You” is about serving the woman you adore and treating her like you value her. I like to cater to women in and out of the bedroom and these two songs portray that.
What was the recording process like? What has the response been like from your listeners? The recording process was great. I spent a lot of time doing background vocals. I love background vocals I think they make a song more melodic. I also started out as background singer, which is why I love doing backgrounds.
Do you have any plans to release a full length soon? What can listeners expect to hear more of? You can expect to hear my full length EP this summer. Listeners can expect to hear classic, sensual, and truthful R&B. They can expect a modern take on 90’s R&B. They can expect a reflection of my heart and soul in this project.
What is next for you in 2016? I’ll be dropping a video to a new single in the next couple of months and I am going to start touring. I am going to be doing everything I can to move forward and bring R&B back to the music frontline.