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Life & Work with Zane Ray

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zane Ray. 

Zane, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started getting into music around 7th grade after I saw a movie about a blind violinist and was inspired by the music I heard in it. So, I took violin. Around 14 years old I started writing songs, and haven’t stopped since then. I later find out both my grandmas are musical, and my paternal grandma played in the LA Philharmonic as the solo violinist. I was teaching myself piano while taking violin in school. As more time passed my musical interests expanded and so did my songwriting. Eventually, I started writing songs with lyrics and was wanting a singer to sing them for me because I couldn’t sing nor had any knowledge in singing. After singing my own songs my voice started growing and I decided to just sing the songs myself since I couldn’t find anyone anyways. Until last year, I was self-taught in singing. I now have a vocal coach who’s helped me grow and I’m very grateful to be learning more. She’s been able to help me not only with technique but also expand my range to 4 octaves. I now write & produce all types of genres and styles. And after much personal growth, I now believe my purpose is to heal and unify people with my songs. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Life is never a smooth road. It’s full of ups and downs. For a big portion of my life, I was raised really bubbled and strict as a Jehovah’s Witness. I didn’t have any choice in the matter. It’s also been difficult being gay and having your family not support that in the way that’s wanted or needed. Right now, it’s a more or less “out of sight out of mind” mindset. So, I keep my romantic life separate from my parents. It’s also been a challenge when your parents get divorced and somehow you feel to blame as kid. I don’t blame myself now, but as kid I did. After my sister died when I was young, my dad has never been the same and for much of my life he wasn’t emotionally available. I’m on the road to forgiveness though. For myself, and for those who’ve hurt me in the past. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
What I strive to do as an artist is simple. It’s just to bring hope, truth, joy, and love. I’m not doing this for the ego or the money. I’m doing this for the chance to reach and change people’s hearts. Help them grow. That’s what I want to be known for. A healer. A connector. There’s so many musicians and talented ones, but I still see many of them doing it for an ego aspect. For fame, for money, for material things that they believe will bring them happiness. We need more artists speaking their truth regardless of what’s trending or popular. Not more sex, drugs, and getting drunk. We need more John Lennon’s and Bob Marleys. More songs about unity and love. We need more healers. And that’s what makes me different. I write songs that tell a story. That make people question what they believe to be true. That brings a breath of fresh air. That’s what my next album is about. 

What are your plans for the future?
The future is a mystery and I prefer to live in the unknown, and in the present. I do have goals though. My goals are to travel and see much of this wonderful world. To sing and connect all kinds of people from around the world. To give back to those who need it or deserve it. I’m in the process of looking for the right band members right now. Ones who have a similar mindset and desire to love and connect, & just have fun. 

Contact Info:

  • Email: Zaneraymusic@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @zaneraymusic
  • Youtube: Zane Ray Music

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