Grant Ray is a biracial soul, pop and jazz vocalist and songwriter from Miami, Florida with an instantly recognizable signature sound. With over 10 years experience singing professionally, both in various bands and solo, he has garnered a respectable resume. From casinos to weddings, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more, Grant Ray has has performed all over Florida as well as New York and has been a top tier force in local and national competitions such as Ultimate Miami voice 2015, where he was a finalist. Born in 1989 as a biracial child of an Irish American mother and a black American father who he never got to know, life did not begin kind for the young talent. Severely abused,neglected,often forgotten and made to feel like nothing, Grant discovered music as an escape from his hellish childhood and found his voice at the age of 9. Unfortunately he also found himself victim of childhood obesity, as the low income family could not afford good food. Relying on music to save him, Grant knew he wanted to become a singer when he grew up and was determined to make it happen no matter what.His weight at a high of 350 pounds by age 13, kept him back socially and forced him to hide his secret talent from the world till the age of 15 when he decided to make the lifesaving change that would transform him into the person he was meant to be. In 5 months Grant lost an astounding 100 pounds and soon lost 50 more through brutal hard work and undying willpower and was no longer the shy, affraid child scared to let his voice be heard. A near deadly eating disorder soon followed , putting his life in jeopardy. After ending up in many hospitals , Grant found his way out of the mess and remembered music comes first. As a now professional singer songwriter pursuing his original music, Grant became a regular in local gigs, performing a wide range of cover material, from soul to rock to jazz to classic pop to top 40.He quickly learned to cater to every audience and always had an advantage over other artist's because of this. Grant has gained praise from locals and fans worldwide and is a respected artist despite his young age. He went on to release his autobiography, "A CONSTRUCTION OF HOPE" in 2018 and opened his own online boutique "LEONWORLD" the same year. He released his second studio album "THE LION'S DEN" in 2019 and his latest studio album "2.0", featuring the singles "CHAMPION" and "PEACH" this year. He has shown the true meaning of never giving up. And one thing is for sure, Grant Ray is a man on a mission!
THE NEW ALBUM FROM GRANT RAY, "THE LION'S DEN" OUT NOW ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS.
The new single "SWING WITH ME" out now.
The new single "SWING WITH ME" from Grant Ray drops saturday 7/20/19.
The official music video for single "2 HEARTS" is out now on youtube!
The new single "CHAMPION" FEATURING S P A Z out now.
The new single "CHAMPION" FEATURING S P A Z out now.
The new single and accompanying music video from GRANT RAY "D.I.M.(DON'T IGNORE ME) out now.
The official music video for the new single from GRANT RAY, "SWING WITH ME" out now on youtube.
R&b artist, Grant Ray releases his take on classic soul music on exciting new single “WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN”
It has been a busy and drama filled year for music in 2019 and the music industry continues to evolve. The format of music has changed drastically and artist’s have adopted a different approach to singing. It seems as if the industry is promoting a far more subtle vocal style and the great vocals of the soul and pop legends who inspired so many appear to be vanishing. Pop music, in particular seems to be littered with young pop stars who seem to do everything but SING. Soul music has taken a backseat in the industry but still there are a few r&b vocalist’s fighting to bring it back to the forefront in all it’s glory.
Soul/pop artist, Grant Ray is one of the vocalist’s who make it the main mission to keep real singing and great music alive. The release of his new single “WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN” is a celebration of the timeless sounds of the great soul singers such as Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye, just to name a few. The song is a modern take on “Baby making music” as they used to say. As the singer has always been known for his soulful voice and extensive vocal range, he put that voice front and center in the exciting song. “I wanted to show the new generation what real singing and what real soul music is all about”, Grant stated about the release. It is evident he is very passionate about the preservation of real music in general. This is a breath of fresh air in a day of gimmicks and auto tune.
The official "DO IT LIKE YOU" music video out now on youtube.
New single "DO IT LIKE YOU" is out now on all digital platforms.
Just in time for the weekend! New single "DO IT LIKE YOU" drops Thursday 11/12.
The official music video for the single "GOTTA KEEP PUSHIN' ON" out now on youtube.
It is time to grab your faith and courage and hit the dance floor. Because this is the song to get you moving. The new single "GOTTA KEEP PUSHIN' ON" is out now on all digital platforms. The song, written by Grant Ray and Armando Doval is a dance heavy anthem all about strength, courage, faith and believing in yourself. Download your copy on itunes today and get inspired.
THE NEW SINGLE "GOTTA KEEP PUSHIN' ON", THE FOLLOW UP TO THE ALBUM "2.0" DROPS WEDNESDAY 10/14.
The official music video for "LIGHT THE WAY" from Grant Ray's album "2.0" is out now! Watch the video in it's entirety on youtube.
The official " GOING DOWN ALL NIGHT" music video out now on youtube!
The official "GOING DOWN ALL NIGHT" music video drops Thurday, 8/13/20. Get ready.
The cd version of the new album "2.0" will be available Monday, July 20th at "THE G SHOP" on the GRANT RAY facebook fan page at LEONWORLD89. Head over and order your copies.
There is something exciting brewing... And it is on the way! Get ready because the upcoming new apparel line "BLACK KINGDOM" from Grant Ray is coming soon. Fashion becomes king. Stay tuned.
The new studio album from Grant Ray available now on amazon music and google play.
The new studio album "2.0" from Grant Ray coming soon. Inspired by soul, hip hop, contemporary r&b and gospel, this album is set to be a statement of black pride, love, strength and excellence.
The new single "PEACH" from the upcoming studio album "2.0" out now on all digital and streaming platforms. Download the single today.
The official music video for the lead single "PEACH" from the upcoming new album "2.0" out now on youtube.
Tickets on sale now for Grant's upcoming show at FUSSE STUDIOS. Visit MyAfton.com/GrantRay to purchase yours today.
Grant Ray performing live at FUSSE STUDIOS in Miami february 7th at 7 pm.
The new single "FORGIVE YOU" out now on all digital platforms
I will be performing live July 31st at Nina's Pop Up Shop at Fun Dimension in Wynwood. Come out for a great time with music by myself and enjoy the awesome vendors lined up! 2129 Nw 1st CT. Miami, Fl 33127
The Official Music Video for the single "THIS KINDA LOVE" out now on Youtube
The new single "THIS KINDA LOVE" out now on all digital platforms
The Official Music Video for the new single "WHERE DO WE FIT" is out now on Youtube.
The new single "WHERE DO WE FIT" is out now. A big ballad which talks all about being a misfit, not feeling good enough, being an outsider and internal strength, "WHERE DO WE FIT" is a song inspired by the legendary Mariah Carey and a song so many will be able to relate to and find great meaning in.
The official "SMITHEREENS" music video is out now on Youtube.
The new single "SMITHEREENS" drops this Friday, 1/22 on all digital platforms.
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