Rai Ragland is a jazz stylist, who performs: Contemporary, Straight Ahead, Standards, Blues, Latin, Ballads, and Swing. She is accompanied by : Pianist Robert Martin & Laurel Holloway, Bassist Wayne Bachelor & Kurt Catlin, Drummer Vernard Hoover, Guitarist Geary Moore & Sarel Rivers, and Saxophonist Malcolm Cobb Rai's repertoire is an extensive blend of R&B and Jazz. Her phrasing is fresh, clean and romantic combined with a stage presence and image which captivates her audiences. Her unique quality and passion for performing makes her a jazz favorite. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Rai learned that she had an exceptional gift...the gift of singing. At the age of eight she began exploring her vocal ability: singing at church, recitals, and talent shows. As time went by, the aspiring singer joined a music production company called 'The Soul Town Review'. Rai toured with many of the talented popular acts from 'The Soul Town Review'...One of those act was a hip and jazzy band called 'The New Dimensions'. Rai later married one of the key members of the band. The band evolved into a new group and changed their name to the now popular an successful band known as 'Kool & The Gang' Now living in the Atlanta Metro Area, Rai continues to sing and express her vocal ability The results are found in her mature and supple voice as she is featured with her swinging band, performing at: jazz clubs, restaurants, festivals, hotels, private parties, weddings, country clubs and Comcast Cable TV show 'Atlanta Jazz and Blues'. For a performance that burns the souls of the young and stirs the memories of the mature, experience Rai, She delivers.
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