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PROFILE
Glenn-M. Ray
Born in Tuskegee, AL., Glenn was relocated to Detroit, MI at the age of 3. By the 5th grade he realized music and entertaining was deeply embedded in his soul, thrilling lunch hour audiences playing the bongos on the steps of the academic building. During homeroom period he wowed the classrooms with his group imitating the Jackson 5 during his 7th grade year.  Moving back to Tuskegee at 13, he joined the school band and choir in the 9th grade where he starting playing saxophone and singing. By the 11th grade he was playing professionally, performing at various functions and nightclubs, as leader of his band, The Images, throughout the United States. They were influenced greatly by Charles Pollard, who taught the band how to sing, play, dance and put on a show. The audiences couldn't get enough of the fresh, cool style they presented. Also, the hometown, famous Commodores set a great example of what that kind of performance could merit. Glenn sang background vocals on the Commodores' Lady (You Bring Me Up) in 1980.

Moving to Dallas, TX in 1981 with his band, then The Ultimate Force, (same band members) was a rewarding experience. They were immediately recognized as the band to be reckoned with, with their funky, flashy style, and took the region by storm. In 1988, Boz Scaggs was among the audience at one of the band's Dallas performances and informed them that he was firing his band and taking The Force' to Switzerland for the MTV Rocket 88 show; thus starting their overseas experience. After changing their name to Premiere and recording a 2 song album,“Perfect 10”,with LaMusique Records(David Cochrane) ,in 1989,the band moved on to the Asian side of the world to Yokohama, Japan in 1990 and Tokyo in 1991. Glenn took a break from the band in 1992 to perform in Tokyo for one year, solo, and rejoined the band in 1993 to tour Asia; visiting Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Guam, and Singapore along the way. In 1997 Glenn formed another FUNKY-COOL group,SLAM! His concept was well thought out and well applied. They performed in Taiwan and Tokyo. It was a short-lived union but a great band.

In 2013, Glenn recorded his first CD, entitled, 'Voice of My Heart'. It consists of ten popular cover ballads and one original song, 'Midwest Smooth'. 'Midwest Smooth' is a Smooth Jazz Instrumental created through an internet collaboration with the basic track from MaestroP (Miles Warren) of Minneapolis, to Bassist Morton C. Smith, of Tokyo, laying the bass lines, to Glenn, also based in Tokyo, adding the melody line, chorus and harmonies on saxophone. Upon completion, the song was sent to Emmy Award winning engineer (OT) Cedric Freeman, of Indiana, for mixing and mastering. 'Voice of My Heart' is available in Japan stores, HMV and Tower Records, Amazon, and iTunes.

Glenn is now based in Tokyo, Japan as a free-lance artist and has been on tour with Japanese artists as well as appearing on various television programs with Japanese and American artists.
Interests
Scuba Diving, Motorcycling, Physical Training
Entertainment  Profile
Saxophone, Lead & Background Vocals
Glenn began his career in 1974. His musical and vocal training started at Tuskegee Institute High School in Tuskegee, Alabama. Glenn has performed throughout the United States and the Asia Pacific region with his former bands, Premiere and Slam!
He has also performed as a solo act, and his skills include song writing and arranging.
Artists Performed With
James Brown Commodores Kool & The Gang
Boz Scaggs Con-Funk-Shun The Barkays
The Jetts Toni,Tone, Tony Ken Hirai
Hamasaki Ayumi Amuro Namie Okamoto Mayo
Recordings
Glenn M. Ray 'Christmas with Glenn M. Ray' CD 2015
Glenn M. Ray 'Voice of My Heart' CD 2013
Jasmine One CD Back Vocals 2010
Speed Back Vocals 2000
Duet Love Song CD Lead & Background 1992
Commodores Back Vocals 1980
Television
Hey, Hey, Hey w/ Ricky Martin (Sax)
w/ Amuro Namie
w/ Hamasaki Ayumi
1999
2000
2002
Music Fair w/ Ricky Martin (Sax)
w/ Mary J. Blige
w/ Hamasaki Ayumi
1999
1999
2003
NHK Television w/ Okamoto Mayo
w/ Itsuki Hiroshi (Sax)
w/ Hamasaki Ayumi
1998
2001
2002 –03
Beautiful Life (Drama) Playing Saxophone 2000 Season Finale
TV Commercial
VENTUNO COMMERCIAL SONG 2015
ASAHI COCKTAIL DRINK COMMERCIAL SONG 2012
DOCOMO SONY EXPERIA TV COMMERCIAL SONG 2011
SONY WALKMAN TV COMMERCIAL W/JASMINE 2010
Tours
Nagamine, Yasuko Japan Dance Tour
Vocals & Dancing
2002
Dancin Station Shikoku Dance Tour
Singing,,Playing Saxophone
1999
Okamoto Mayo Crystal Scenery
X-mas Tour
Back Vocals, Dancing
Duet w/ Okamoto Mayo
1998
Videos
Midwest Smooth Official Original SongVideo 2013
Bird Single Release 1999
Events
Huis Ten Bosch Music Festival 2012,2013
Yebisu Beer Festival Tohoku Donation 2011
Tokyo Motor Show Mazda Main Stage
Vocals, Team Leader
2003
Dinner Shows
Huis Ten Bosch Vocals, Sax 2012
Huis Ten Bosch Xmas Show Vocals, Sax 2012
Yonezawa Daichi Hotel Vocals, Sax 2012
Jal City Hotel Vocals, Sax 2011 -2013
Watanabe, Yasuko Vocals, Sax Yearly
Nagamine, Yasuko Vocals 2002, 2003
Modeling
CD cover for Sony Playstaion game
(Tenshou Gakkuen) soundtrac
2005
 
1-10-4-103, Musashino-Shi, Gotenyama, Tokyo, Japan 180-0005
81 (0)90-2306-0643-Tokyo / 1-972-6236-U.S.A.
graysax@me.com
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