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From an early age, Koryna Ray set out to become a performer and professional Pop Singer. Natural ability will only take a talented artist so far, but a strong will and determination has helped push this artist forward and continues to drive their development and success. Check out their newest productions below, and get in touch with any questions about Koryna Ray.
Koryna Ray has always been musically gifted. Blessed with a relentless spirit, she learned to never give up, never surrender, and to constantly challenge herself and those around her. From and early age, she started singing in the church choir, playing piano and writing songs. Piano was the creative outlet in her early childhood and she would often write songs and play them to her friends. She grew up with a love and appreciation for music that has never dimmed. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Romania, receiving her batchelor degree in 2004. She strongly believes that educations is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and should be at the core of everyone's foundation. Music remained at the center of her life, occupying most of her time. Fascinated with the voice, in 2007 she began studying canto with Crina Mardare, Romania. Later on she moved to Los Angeles and in 2010 Koryna began working with renowned vocal coach Billy Purnel, who's credits include Tori Kelly among other talented artists. With a desire to express herself and connect with people, she recently found her own voice as a songwriter and composer. In 2012 she started collaborating and co-wroting her first songs Hot, Cause You Love Me and Turn Back Time, with the Grammy Award Winner producers Berman Brothers, who's credits include Cher, U2, Coldplay, Baha Men, Real McCoy, Amber, Squeeze. That brought her to her next collaboration in 2014 with the talented team of young producers from CPR Production and in 2016 with the amazing producer Rob Hoffman, who's credits include Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Etta James, Phil Collins, Jam and Lewis, and many more.
She has always believed that music is the international language of mankind. It transcends all barriers and links us all together. Throughout the course of her musical career, Koryna has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life, all the while recording new music. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.
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"EXPOSED VOCALS" JUST CAUGHT AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KORYNA RAY
January 19, 2017
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Romania, a communist country at the time. I was born and schooled there. There wasn't much we could watch on TV back then but I remember Richard Clayderman and fell in love his piano songs. So, I told my mother one day I'd love to learn how to play the piano. At age of 6 I was admitted into music school and so it begins. Piano was the creative outlet in my early childhood and I would often write songs and play them to my friends. After the fall of Communism in 1989 we finally got access to various music channels on TV like MTV, VH1 and this is how I discovered Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and fell in love with their music. I started singing covers of their songs and thinking more and more that I would love to become a singer one day. As there were not too many opportunities in the music business for me at that time, I continued with my education and received my bachelor degree at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, in Romania. Time has a way of turning things around and a few years later, in 2010, I moved out to Los Angeles and started a bran new life in the International Capital of Music, me and my big dream. I knew nobody here but God, and that was enough. I started recording a few covers of Mariah, Whitney, Christina, Leona Lewis and uploaded them on my old youtube channel. That brought me to the collaboration in 2012 with german producers Berman Brothers and later on other collabs with CPR Production in 2014 and Rob Hoffman in 2016.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
This is an interesting question for me since I'm a fairly new to the business my self, but I believe today is easier than ever to get exposure and reach out to a lot of possible fans through media outlets. I would recommend them to pay attention to all media and make a presence there, making sure they have a professional band website where they can collect email addresses from their fans and keep in touch with them about any future shows, live events or new music/video releases. There are a lot of venues that look up artists/bands online and you might get invited to play there. Also, it's important to socialize, make friends and connect with new people in the business. They should connect with local venues in their city where they can gig in order to build up an audience.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Sure. I'm not perfect. When it does happen I continue to sing as if nothing "bad" happened and I'm sure most of the time nobody in the audience noticed.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I do not tour currently, but I'm getting ready for that day.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
I am working with an Avalon 737SP at the moment. I am planning on getting a new mic.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I believe the best promotional tool right now is social media. I prefer using Facebook, Youtube and Twitter. I am fairly new to Instagram but I think it's a great tool as well. So basically, any kind of social media really.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with?
I would love to perform with Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson or Mariah Carey at any venue.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I have been working on this new project for a while now. We finished recording and I am just waiting for the music video to be ready so we can release it.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I have a bachelor degree so, given that I'd probably be a medical doctor, most likely a surgeon.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
I like to take one step at a time and enjoy the journey. I will be releasing my first video ever with the bran new single coming soon. I will be performing at several venues, probably music festivals, so if you hear my name out near you, don't be a stranger. Come say Hello!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
A big shout out to my family and friends for their constant support! Thank you! I love you all so much!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LONG ISLAND MUSIC EXAMINER ALYSIA STERN
December 12, 2013
Each week on the Indie Top Ten Count Down on TRS247 Radio, Cris and Alysia give away promotional prizes to the winner. This beautiful Indie Artist received this interview for winning the number one spot. You can hear the Top Ten every Monday Night at 8PM EST. Tune in towww.TRS247.com for more information.
Musician Koryna Ray moved to America in 2007 to pursue her two careers, music and medicine. She states, "To me there is no such thing as luck. Being lucky means being organized, working hard and being ready for the opportunity when it knocks at your door, and believe me it does knock. I believe in myself. I have never doubled myself. I love what I do so much and I keep pushing my self all the time. I am a perfectionist. I think that getting the proper professional training and reaching out to the right producers can make a huge difference in furthering one's musical career. Finding a good manager is also a must in order to become successful. Music is my MEDICINE, it's my life, my everything."
- How long have you been singing ?
-" I started singing at the age of 7 when I sang in the church choir. I was not born in America, but America was born in me. After the revolution in Romania in 1989, we had the chance to listen to Mariah Carey, Backstreet boys, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera... this is when I fell in love with music. During my years of study in medical school, at the University of Medicine in Romania, my love for music kept growing but I did not have much time for music since school was occupying most of my time. In 2007, I decided I wanted to take a step forward and I started taking professional vocal classes. I was introduced by a friend to Crina Mardare, who was training the kids for the TV musical show called "Megastar.”
After moving to America in November 2007, I started searching for ways to break into the music industry here. I knew nothing about the music business, I only knew I loved to sing more than anything on this planet. I knew that if I did not do anything about it, I would never be happy or forgive myself for not trying. In 2008 I started vocal training with Ric Poulin, but the classes were expensive and I had to quit. I kept working on my own until the end of 2010 when I started taking vocal classes with Billy Purnel, a very well known vocal coach in Southern California."
- Where are you from?
- "I was born in Romania."
- Have you ever entered any musical contests for Indie Artists?
I have never entered an contest before, but I was featured on LA Talk Radio with my song HOT. The interview took place at the radio during "The Morning Show with Sam and Brigitta.” It was a lot of fun.
What is the ultimate direction for your musical career?
My ultimate direction for my musical career is to become a very successful world wide known artist; I won't stop until I get there.
How are you mastering of your craft?
I train my voice and sing a lot. I write songs, lyrics and music every time I feel I am inspired. I remember the time I wrote the song HOT, it was during the end of June in 2010. Two weeks later, The Berman Brothers contacted me and we started a collaboration. At that time I was in Romania for a short vacation and they were in Germany for the summer vacation. They agreed to fly to Romania to record and co-write the song HOT and two more songs.
- How many songs do you have professionally mastered on the internet?
- "I have only started to share the song HOT but I wrote many other songs. I have two more songs co-written and produced by The Berman Brothers.
What was the biggest mistake you have made trying to get yourself out there?
For years there was a huge battle in my head as to what to do next, which career would work better for me. I would keep going in parallel with music and medicine, but in reality, I had to make a choice. After I realized that I cannot breath without music, that music is my medicine, the opportunities started to show up themselves.''
- What was the best piece of advice you were given?
- "As a kid, my mother told me that the words “I cannot" should never exist in my vocabulary. And those words don't exist to me. If I want something, I do everything in my power to achieve what I want.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to travel and go to the beach. I love sports, skiing, swimming, hiking and running. I enjoy going to the movies or going out with friends. I like to dance, and of course I love to sing.
What can we expect from you in 2014?
Big things; I am very excited and optimistic for the coming year. The producers are waiting for me in the studio to start writing /producing new original songs. We want to make a new production for the song HOT, as we have received a lot of positive feedback and we believe the song has great potential. We want to push my songs for mainstream radio play too."