Born in New York City and raised in a family of musical royalty (the son of singer Ella Fitzgerald and legendary jazz bass player Ray Brown), Ray Brown, Jr. learned early to appreciate the beauty and artistry of music.
Although the primary emphasis was jazz, Ray's heart was in rock and roll and rhythm and blues. The family migrated to California where Ray studied piano at the age of 10. At 14, drums became an extended musical passion, so dad arranged for young Ray to study with Bill Douglas and later with Chuck Flores in Los Angeles. The singing drummer began playing private parties, graduating into the world of playing gigs. While attending Beverly Hills High School, Ray sang with the Mini-singers and Madrigals, who often toured the local area performing at music festivals and hospitals.
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“All those American Idol contenders would do well to study closely Brown's exquisite phrasing, his breathing technique and his intonation. He has built on the impressive vocal skills he obviously inherited from his precious mother…You've heard most of these ten songs, but Brown gives each one a fresh and unique treatment.” -Roger Kirkpatrick from Off The Wall Records