Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford–of Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz Fame– New CD Hits the Airwaves October 7, 2010Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
That first note on that guitar sets the mood. You anticipate what’s about to happen, but you really can’t describe what your body goes through while the anticipation builds and you begin to sweat – your heart begins to beat faster. Then, at that very moment, you hear that guitar sing to you, in that deep drawl style. Your heart begins to slow and keep tempo with that signature sound called the Blues. This is Caron ‘Sugaray” Rayford. This is what his audience goes through right from the start. It’s a sound that is his own. It’s a sound that can’t be denied. It’s a sound that only HE can deliver. To understand Caron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford, you would need to go back to the beginning to better understand who he is today.
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 Kizzy’z Boyz, which he still performs with.
When he moved to Los Angeles, his solo career began to blossom. He ran Los Angeles’ most successful blues jam from 2008-2010 at Cozy’s until Cozy’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 ‘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, “I Let Love Slip Thru My Fingers” is off of his new CD, “Blind Alley”. “This song was written by my friend Mr. Al Kooper”, states Caron. “He 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 selected”. 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 song’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.
“Blind Alley” 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 ‘Sugaray’ Rayford has graced the stage with many top talents from all over. Here are a few of his highlighted acts:
• He opened for Average White Band, Etta James, Shameika Copeland, Dennis Quaid, Super Diamond, Joe Bonamossa, Joe Luis Walker and BB King.
• He did a half time show for Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis in 2008
• 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)
• He played the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival with Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz
• He played the Blues Sur Seine Festival in France with Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz
• He had a vocal part in a movie trailer for City Island
• He was a winner of Lamn Jam urban music competition in 2008 in Los Angeles
• While with Aunt Kizzy’s Boyz, they placed 2nd in 2006 IBC (International Blues Challenge)
• 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 ‘Sugaray’ 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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A & R Select is a promotional and placement company for musicians all over the world. Based in Hollywood, Ca., they have a strategic location for all musicians as they continually flock to that area of the world for recognition and stardom.