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My name is Elaine Ray of Elaine Ray Sings. I’m an emerging, soulful, passion-filled vocalist. I perform R&B, 70s dance, and 90s cover songs. If you’re looking for a vocalist to elevate your guest experience, while creating an evening to remember, we should talk! In 2019, I established Elaine Ray Sings...an entertainment venture that combines love songs with life experiences that taught me the meaning of true love. In this life, I believe we all have a common goal — to know love, experience love and be a demonstration of love. As a result, I’ve embarked on a mission to cultivate the spirit of Love through music. Musical Biography Elaine was born December 7, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. She began singing at the age of 5, entertaining neighborhood children with concerts in her parent’s living room. She grew up listening to powerhouse, passion filled vocalists like Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin; as well as the smooth grooves of contemporary Jazz vocalists like George Benson. Elaine was also inspired by the sounds of the traditional church choirs and desired to explore her musical gifts. As time progressed, Elaine joined her Jr. High School gospel choir. Having a full course load, (taking Advanced Placement courses), she attended rehearsals after school to pursue this passion. It was then that she learned some fundamental principles of singing and performing to build a musical foundation. Elaine continued her academic performances entering high school – which served as the training ground that would add more technical finesse to her vocal abilities. During this time she sang with Inglewood High School’s Gospel Choir, performing for civic, memorial, baccalaureate and graduation ceremonies; earning awards and garnering the recognition of the City of Inglewood. Following high school graduation, Elaine entered the corporate world and was afforded opportunities to grace many stages performing at several corporate and civic events. Locally, she was hired to sing at a number of weddings, private parties and funerals. In the church arena, she served as a District Choir Director for the Full Gospel Metropolitan Region (presiding over a 60 voice choir) as well as the Music Ministry Leader for her local church choir at the time. Currently, Elaine serves at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch, California where she's participated on the Praise & Worship team for several years at both the Porter Ranch, Pasadena and West Los Angeles (Wadsworth) campuses. In addition, she’s performed in the following productions: • 2019 Passion Play Production @ Shepherd Church (ensemble singer/actor) • 2014 Passion Play Production @ Shepherd Church (ensemble singer/actor) • 2007 Christmas at the Wadsworth musical (Lead Vocalist) • 2006 Christmas production, Two from Galilee (ensemble singer)
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