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, Cinemax, Univision, RAI-TV Italy, Playgirl TV, ComedyNET, Handmade TV, AllRecipes.com and recently placed 2 songs in the 2016 Alec Baldwin/Danny Glover film “Back In The Day” & also wrote/performed the song “Smile (Its A Brand New Day” for Quaker Oats 2017-2018 Overnight Oats global TV ad 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. Ray also composed a Christmas song that played in san endless loop in the 2017 holiday Toys-R-Us pop-up store on Sixth Ave right next to Radio City Music Hall.
Ray is known for his eclectic compositions and playing styles; 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 superstar, 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, and Marty Friedman. Ray has also guitared for over a hundred major Chinese pop stars and has been heard, if not seen, in the orchestra pit of "Jesus Christ, Superstar" & "Godspell". Ray also performed at NYC’s Carnegie Hall “Led Belly Fest” along side blues legends Buddy Gut, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edgar Winter, Eric Burden, Walter Trout, Dana Fuchs & more
Ray has released 3 instrumental CDs, which feature his versatility, technical ability, and ear for melody, funneled through the a variety of styles and six-strings. His debut, “Once More ... With Feeling” was licensed in Japan by Big MF/Zain Records.
2012 saw Ray perform, as musical director & guitarist, at London, England’s Wembley Arena for Ali Isabella, the youngest artist to ever grace that iconic stage and a Billboard Hot Single Sales chart topping songwriter. Ray also MD'd & guitar'd for Russian Eurovision 2012 winner, "Emin" Agalarov's U.S. shows and is currently performing the same duties for Billboard charting, pop artist, Janine Berenson.
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."