Ray Angry is a New York-based pianist, producer, musical director, and one of the most in demand artists today. With a deft and keen sensibility, Angry artfully combines style and skill in a manner that brings fresh perspective and boldly breaks new ground. For these reasons, he has played and collaborated with such well-respected artists as Queen Latifah, The Roots, D’Angelo, Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Dianne Reeves, Talib Kweli, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Roy Hargrove.
Angry’s ability to seamlessly connect a diverse range of styles and genres has been very much a part of his expansive musical background and landscape. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Ray Angry took to the piano at nine years old with early training in gospel and classical music. With his formative years spent in Miami’s New World School of Arts, he headed to Howard University where he earned his bachelor’s in both classical and jazz piano. Immersing himself in the Washington, D.C. music scene, Angry soon became acquainted with popular R&B group Shai and embarked on his first international tour. While still in D.C., Angry collaborated with Raheem DeVaughn, Yolanda Adams, and Richard Smallwood.
Angry later moved to New York City where he impressed the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello and Ahmir Thompson (?uestLove) and began collaborating with the award winning artists on various separate projects. By also performing with The Real Live Show, Angry became a respected regular on the New York hip-hop scene. Thereafter, he began his recording career by appearing on Joss Stone’s album Mind, Body & Soul. Since then, he has recorded with Mick Jagger, Talib Kweli, Lauryn Hill, Marsha Ambrosius, Rick Ross, P. Diddy Combs, Esperanza Spalding and more.
A man who knows no limits when it comes to music, Angry has lent his formidable skills as a composer in both TV and film. His compositions have been heard in the film scores for Queen Latifah’s TV Show Single Ladies on VH-1 and movies Cookout II and City Lax. Angry also frequently appears with and composes for The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In addition to his studio work, Ray Angry performs live regularly in New York and can often be found on tour internationally. He has continued to perform with a staggering number of leading artists such as Sting, John Legend, Jeff Beck, QTip, George Benson, Jennifer Hudson, Macy Gray, and Trey Songz.
After recently completing a successful tour with Lauryn Hill, Angry just released his latest highly anticipated project, “Celebration of Life Suite,” on the Revive/Blue Note label’s debut album Supreme Sonacy featuring standout singer/songwriters Kendra Foster of D’Angelo & The Vanguard and Nadia Washington.
As one of the most exciting artists on today’s scene, with even more remarkable projects to come, Angry has become one to watch. With his chameleon like adaptability and innovation, he has earned his stellar reputation in the industry and growing devotion among his fan base. In short, Angry has his finger right on the pulse of music today. Combined with a touch that’s undeniably golden, it is easy to see – and even easier to hear – why the moniker “Mr. Goldfinger” fits him well.