I was brought in by RAYE’s Musical Director to dep a few festivals over summer 2017. RAYE’s music is very energetic and hard hitting. Even though her music is a fusion of Urban and Pop there’s something edgy about the music (especially live). There wasn’t much rehearsal time so preparing for the shows meant doing a lot of homework and just refining things in the rehearsal we had.
About Matt Wills:
Genre: Urban / Pop
Croydon, South London-based R&B singer Rachel Keen (aka RAYE) started her career at the age of ten, guided by her father and her guitar teacher. Her interest in music quickly led to small charity gigs and bouts of singing at her local church. By 2012, RAYE had enrolled in the prestigious BRIT School for music and singing, spending two years perfecting her craft, but she left in 2014 due to the limitations she was being taught and the desire to create her own rules.
The following year, RAYE released her debut EP, ‘Welcome To The Winter’. The lead single, ‘Hotbox’, was noticed by Olly Alexander (Years & Years) on Hype Machine; he got in touch with RAYE to discuss music, and arranged a meeting with the A&R department at Polydor. With major-label backing, RAYE kept busy in 2016, including co-writing her single ‘I, U, US’ alongside Charli XCX, appearing as a guest vocalist on Jonas Blue’s ‘By Your Side’ single, and releasing the ‘SECOND EP’. She was back working with Charli XCX the following year, guesting on the singer’s tracks ‘Girls’ and ‘Dreamer’. RAYE also delivered her own single, ‘The Line’.