Sugaray was born in Texas. His musical career began at the age of 7 years old singing and playing drums in church. He was influenced by gospel music right from the beginning. He was one of three boys in a household where his mother struggled with battling cancer. After her passing, the three boys moved in with their grandmother where they experienced a better life. They had food every day and went to church every day.
In 1997, after being released from the Marines, he returned to music in a big and very different way. He became a founding member and front man/lead vocalist for San Diego R & B band called Urban Gypsys. In 2004 he joined blues band Aunt Kizzyâ€™z Boyz, which he still performs with.
When he moved to Los Angeles, his solo career began to blossom. He ran Los Angelesâ€™ most successful blues jam from 2008-2010 at Cozyâ€™s until Cozyâ€™s was sold in July, 2010. He had shared the stage with many top musicians such as Al Kooper, Vivan Campbell, Kal David, Slash (Guns â€˜n Roses), Gerald Johnson, Venice and Dennis Quaid, and Jim Carey (the actor) to name just a few. He uses a mixture of many top musicians when he performs.
His new single, â€œI Let Love Slip Thru My Fingersâ€ is off of his new CD, â€œBlind Alleyâ€. â€œThis song was written by my friend Mr. Al Kooperâ€, states Caron. â€œHe gave me a disc of unrecorded songs he had written and told me I could choose any of them to record. This was one of two that I had selectedâ€. Highlighting is vocal abilities; Sugaray brings emotion and drama into this ballad. It is a powerful and poignant song which is very typical of his style of music and type of delivery. This songâ€™s theme is about having someone or something important slip through your fingers at point in your life. It is a very relatable song, very memorable and has sustainability in this music industry.
â€œBlind Alleyâ€ is his first solo CD and is available both in its physical format along with digital. You can listen to and/or purchase his music, past or present, by logging onto any of the following websites along with additional iStores availability:
Caron â€˜Sugarayâ€™ Rayford has graced the stage with many top talents from all over. Here are a few of his highlighted acts:
â€¢ He opened for Average White Band, Etta James, Shameika Copeland, Dennis Quaid, Super Diamond, Joe Bonamossa, Joe Luis Walker and BB King.
â€¢ He did a half time show for Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis in 2008
â€¢ He was the headliner at Lake Tahoe Music Series (first time in 2009 and was so well received, he did 2 shows this past summer)
â€¢ He played the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival with Aunt Kizzyâ€™z Boyz
â€¢ He played the Blues Sur Seine Festival in France with Aunt Kizzyâ€™s Boyz
â€¢ He had a vocal part in a movie trailer for City Island
â€¢ He was a winner of Lamn Jam urban music competition in 2008 in Los Angeles
â€¢ While with Aunt Kizzyâ€™s Boyz, they placed 2nd in 2006 IBC (International Blues Challenge)
â€¢ Did some backup vocals on Heavy Pets new CD
He has two tours planned for the Midwest, Fall of 2011 and Europe in April, 2011
Caron â€˜Sugarayâ€™ Rayford is currently working with A & R Select in West Hollywood, Ca. for licensing, publishing, a record deal and/or placement opportunities. For additional information, please contact them at:
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