Bio: Ray Burns|
Ray Burns began singing (hollering) before he entered elementary school. He was often observed singing while riding his bicycle and carrying an old time AM/FM Cassette player under one arm. At that early age, he didn’t seem to grasp the difference between a note and a scream and seemed destined for some kind of heavy metal garage band. However, with strategically timed intervention, he developed some singing ability via the musical guidance from the choir leader of the "Angelites," Ron Burley Sr. at St. Gabriels Church. With steady participation with the choir, Ray was able to gain experience performing for crowds of varying sizes, and even was able to try his hand at performing on the road. His participation in the Angelites choir challenged Ray to grow in a number of ways by encouraging vocal solos at the Washington State Capital in Olympia, at KSTW 11’s "Brakeman Bill Show" and at many other local performances during the 70's. Under the tutelage of Choir Director Ron Burley Sr, Ray received some great tools, and to this day, has never stopped singing.
Over the years Ray has enjoyed singing and playing guitar in a variety of venues, ranging from the occasional open mic to larger performance halls. For several years consecutively Ray donated his time to perform at the annual Alzheimer’s Association of Kitsap County "Memory Walk". He is also known to have performed for numerous retirement and nursing facilities for the elderly in Kitsap County as well as hosting an Open Mic in Port Orchard where he encouraged other musicians to stand in front of a group and have a little fun singing or playing an instrument. In 2005, Ray began recording his first CD with the help of his friend Jason Rogers. That first CD was all acoustic, entitled "Plain and Simple". Jason had recently begun recording and producing, and his skills contributed significantly to the CD. Between 2008 and 2010, Ray and Musician/Producer Eric Lindstrom had recorded a second CD "Dusty Road". The two each wrote their own music as well as co-writing a number of songs and recorded them in Eric's studio. Ray and Eric get together to co-write whenever possible. Ray then met up with other fellow musicians through Jeff Powel and what would become the DogFish Bay Studios in 2009. The steady Thursday night writing and jam sessions have continued weekly to present. Ray, Jeff, Steve Thomas and Chris Rininger, have spent many an hour playing, and the bunch share unique objectives and talents. Each contributes a little something different from the others, and result is many excellent collaborative musical pieces. Ray hopes that everyone listening to their music enjoys it as much as he and his friends have, in creating it.