Artist info

Genre

Roots, Indie


Sounds like

Al Green, D'Angelo, The Roots


band members

Ray Mann - vocals + guitar, with a collective of musicians including bassists Joel Burton + Adm Ventoura, and drummers Ross Ferraro and Grant Gerathy.


Influences

Kev Brown, Joan as Police Woman, Marvin Gaye


Website

ray-mann.com

Bio

Ray Mann is a soul musician / artist / writer / $50-music-video-maker - originally from Sydney, now based in Berlin. LIVE Both solo and with his band, The Ray Mann Three, Ray has toured Australia with Al Green and Tori Amos, and supported Jamie Lidell, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Ash Grunwald, Kate Miller-Heidke, Holly Throsby, The Basics and The Bamboos. JAPAN & BEYOND Ray’s debut album, The Ray Mann Three, debuted in the top 10 iTunes Japan, and the $50 music video for ‘Smile’ was featured for an entire month on Billboard Top 40 Japan. The band's first shows in Japan were to 3,000 fans (who knew all the words) at Greenroom Festival 2010, alongside featured Arrested Development, Rickie Lee-Jones and G-Love & Special Sauce. D.I.Y. SOUL MUSIC 2008's Debut album 'The Ray Mann Three' was recorded in three days, with Byron Luiters on bass (who now plays with John Butler Trio), drummer Bart Denaro (ex-Kid Confucius, now singer/songwriter in Briscoe), and producer Tony Buchen (Tim Finn, Phrase, WIM, Andy Bull) in Sydney. In September 2011, Ray Mann began releasing his second album, 'Sketches', as part of an interactive, online project ~ http://ray-mann.com/sketches $50 MUSIC VIDEOS Ray is responsible for the entire visual aesthetic of The Ray Mann Three, including gig poster art, web presence, and the series of $50 music videos which incorporate live action, motion graphics and animation. ‘Hook Me Up‘ was ‘Indie of the Week’ on Australian music video show ‘Rage’ on ABC TV. 2009′s ‘Opa Opa’ Australian tour saw The Ray Mann Three’s sold-out Sydney show filmed, and broadcast regularly ever since, for ABC TV's ‘Live At The Basement’. ART & BEYOND Ray's gig poster art has been exhibited in Australia and Japan. In 2012, Ray personally created a new music video each month for tracks from his new album 'Sketches'. 2010 saw a series of Ray Mann: Multimedia Shows, which combined the live music show with projections designed by Ray. Ray Mann’s unique combination of musician, artist and web master earned him a featured role in the innovative online promotional campaign for ‘Smarties: 8 Colours of Fun’ in 2010.