Ray is from the South suburbs of Detroit Michigan. His earliest memories of music were listening to Motown groups on the radio. As a teenager he was drawn to the theatrics of bands such as Alice Cooper and Kiss. He also had an affinity for bands with dynamic frontmen/singers like Led Zepplin, Aerosmith and the Doors. With no musical influences in his family or the patience for guitar lessons, Ray decided to take up singing. He did have one thing going for him...he came from an Italian family, so volume wouldn't be a problem! Over the years he would broaden his musical tastes and begin listening to singers of every genre. Little did he know that some-day this arsenal of vocal styles would be so well-served!
After graduating from the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe Ohio, Ray performed for several years around the Detroit Metro area with Metal Asylum Massacre and Rightful Heir. Needing a change, he moved to Indianapolis in 1990 and began concentrating on various business ventures. After several years away from music he decided it was time to start singing again. He became Soundsmyths' lead singer on September 18th, 2006.