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Meet Christopher Ray of 1245MPH (Music Production House) in South Central

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

Christopher, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
At the age of 12, a spark of inspiration arrived. A grade school friend by the name of Chris Lyons rapped a song that he wrote, a cappella. That spark grew into a relentless passion for the creation of music. My interest continued throughout high school where I studied piano, guitar, and started learning the industry-standard pro tools recording and mixing software. Full Sail was my first pick for college, but it was out of state. I decided to go to Columbia College in Chicago. After a year and a half, I realized that I was not prepared to take on education in audio engineering and music composition, so I dropped out.

I began to study self-development, philosophy, religion, and metaphysics. Soon after that, I met a Qi Gong and Zen Buddhist teacher named Richard. I studied Qi gong for seven months out of his Chinese restaurant on the north side of Chicago. Richard suggested I take up massage therapy as a trade. I looked into the school that he recommended, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Once I finished the massage program, I had the confidence and the focus to finish a bachelors of science in music production. I enrolled online via Full Sail University. I graduated in 2015. While finishing my BS I interned for Classick Studios located in Chicago, which provided me with a professional foundation as a tracking engineer.

A year out of school, I decided to move to LA in 2016. I teamed up with my fellow Chicagoans, Dave Coresh and Fin, to develop a music production house called 1245MPH. We provide music production, writing, recording and mixing services to signed and independent artists. Also, we have developed a catalog of music for three independent female artists Mother Wata, Asia K, and Ventage. While starting to develop an independent artist catalog, I worked for Atlantic Records for a brief period as a tracking engineer. With the help of my peers Jeff Jackson and Headache, I landed gigs and credits with several amazing talents from the US and Internationally. The artists include; 88rising’s Masiwei, Know Know from China, Woodie Smalls from Belgium, Kyle Deion and Ova East Meech from the US.

While Building 1245 as a music production house staple in the entertainment industry, I work freelance as a lead, on call tracking engineer for an Independent label called EQT. It happens to be partnered with Universal Music Group. While working at EQT, I have had the pleasure of working with talents such as Galant, Van Jess, Ice Cold Bishop, Brass Tracks, Ebonijade, and Isaiah Rusk. I recently enrolled in an Online Entertainment Business Masters program with Full Sail University. My vision for myself is to be a creative and an executive in the entertainment industry, creating quality music and opportunities for artists around the world.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My journey has been blessed with grace from God and family. I would say my biggest struggle has been being patient with my personal and professional development. I have been blessed with a strong purpose to serve unconditionally, with an unshakable resilience to succeed. I am grateful for my adversity, for it builds true character, and is the foundation of my continued growth and development.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about 1245MPH (Music Production House) – what should we know?
1245MPH is an incubator for independent and signed artists. Our goal is to develop a custom catalog of music that align with the artists brand. We provide start to finish music production services, including, but not limited to music production, songwriting, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering. The house setting provides a Motown vibe where artist meet other artists and grow together. I am most proud of our ability as a team to provide custom music production that amplifies the vision of each artists.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
God is first and foremost and deserves credit for responding to my prayers in divine timing. My family and friends have all been a huge support. My mother Yolita Ray has been instrumental throughout my life, supporting me mentally and emotionally through what I felt were the lowest points in my life. My father Johnny Ray provided me with a foundation for my relentless work ethic and a resilient mindset. My older twin brothers Thaddeus and Alexander Ray have been phenomenal examples of excellence for me. Christopher Inumerable provided me with a strong foundation as a tracking engineer while interning at Classick Studios in Chicago. I am grateful to Jeff Jackson and Headache for providing me with opportunities that have moved my career forward. Thanks to the owners of EQT, Henny Yegezu and Dan Friedman for providing the opportunity to be lead tracking engineer for their talented roster of artists. Last but not least, I am eternally thankful for my team at 1245MPH, Dave Coresh, Fin and our internal artists Mother Wata, Ventage, and Asia K, for coming together to evolve music and culture.

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