ABOUT

Paris Ray is a 24 year old singer songwriter based in Long Island, NY. She started in the entertainment industry at the age of 4 as a child actress, appearing in shows like Guiding Light, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, 

All My Children, 30 Rock, and iCarly. After years of acting in commercials, TV shows, movies and off-broadway shows, she found herself getting more seriously into music. She taught herself guitar when she was 15 and never looked back.

Paris has written over 50 songs and performs full time all over Long Island and Manhattan at restaurants, vineyards, weddings and bars. In the time that she's been playing, she has opened for Katrina of Katrina and the Waves, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, Jon Herrington of Steely Dan, and David Crosby of Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

Most recently, you may have heard her in the national Dawn commercial singing a soulful rendition of Lean On Me which started airing July 2018.

 

She is also a 2 time Top Ten finalist of the Grammy's Gig of a Lifetime, a recipient of Dan's Papers' Best of the Best award, the winner of the Gold Coast Art Center's Your Big Break Competition, and performed on Fox 5's NY Star of the Day. Paris Ray has had a song placed in a McDonald's commercial and regularly sings the National Anthem at CitiField for the NY Mets.

Paris has been nominated for Bethpage's Best of Long Island as Best Non Cover Band and Best Singer!

 

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PRESS

"Long Island musician Paris Ray opened for Shimabukuro by delivering a stunning acoustic set that featured her crisp, crystalline voice that was reminiscent of Corinne Bailey Rae."

-Digital Journal

"In her own words, Paris Ray’s music is “essentially diary entries set to guitar”, its reflective music you would listen to “in a coffee shop or on a long drive.” Her sensitive, emotional music has documented her life since 9th grade. Songs like ‘Everything’ are bare, acoustic torrents of emotion about giving all you can give. Her latest songs, however, have been written about a relationship which took an abusive turn. Recently, her track ‘2016’ played a pivotal role in both her music and life. While a deeply sensitive topic, Ray wants to use her music as a vehicle to “end some of the stigma surrounding mental illness”.

-Born Music

"Paris Ray is a 21-year-old indie singer-songwriter, recording artist, accomplished actress and voice over artist from Long Island, NY. Her unique voice, originality and soulful lyrics have garnered rave reviews. More recently seen performing on LIVE from Center Stage in Cape Cod and FOX 5 New York’s “Star of the Day” and past headlining performances in venues from Manhattan (The Bitter End) to the East End of Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine and Nashville, Paris is getting her name out there and getting noticed."

-Niji Magazine

"The commercial is soundtracked by a pretty cover of the classic Bill Withers song “Lean on Me.” The cover is performed by Paris Ray."

-Commercial Society

"Paris Ray was the grand-prize winner at the Gold Coast Arts Center, Great Neck, Long Island, Saturday, April 1. Paris Ray, a 21-year old from St. James who majored in Studio Composition in the Conservatory of Music at college, dazzled the judges with her original song, “Astronomy” (“I became an astronaut so I could give you space.”) off her Just Visiting EP; a second, highly personal original song that gets to the heart of domestic violence, as well as the required George Michael song (each of the contestants only a week ago was assigned a George Michael song to perform)."

-Going Places, Near and Far

 

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