About Vickie Raye
Imagine Kris Kristofferson & Eva Cassidy having a love child and you will find Vickie Raye. This independent recording artist and Singer/Songwriter was born Puerto Rico where she was adopted at birth. Raye began performing professionally at the age of 8 in musical theater in Miami Florida. Now, Raye is a permanent fixture here in Music City, TN and is quickly making a name for herself by writing strong lyrics, impressionable melodies and working hard to be better today than she was yesterday. Her debut single "FACE" is rapidly climbing the country music charts
Vickie Raye joined and performed as the front-man (or woman in this case) with the rock band Emerald Steel; touring Germany, Brazil and the US, With rave reviews in Rag Magazine stating that her voice transcended the band from just a Heavy Metal Band to a "Melodic Heavy" band. She was also performed as background vocalist for Gloria Estefan, John Secada and others for events such as the famed Calle Ocho in South Florida. In the country scene she's opened for Jeff Bates, Shenandoah, Marty Raybon, Billy Ryan, Randy Kohrs, Mark Collie, Randy Bowman and more. During those experiences she discovered a new world outside of the theatrical arena and loved it! A few years later, she began focusing on her solo career.
Since officially moving to Nashville she has been in and out of the recording studio working on demo projects and performing whenever possible. She has recorded 3 albums and is working on album 4: Cover to Cover (2005), Different Shade of Southern (2006), Cigarettes & Circumstance (2008) and Vickie Raye:Unplugged (2009) in addition to 3 previous CD releases prior to coming to Music City. She has earned a coveted spot playing at the famous Bluebird Café, as well as earned the respect of many peers amidst the songwriting community. Vickie Raye is ready to take the next step in her career and is the newest artist with PCL Music. Preparing to release her debut single "Face"to radio.
A talented singer with a powerful and soulful voice, Vickie Raye is capable of taking you on a journey from the very 1st song well into the last; leaving you wanting more. Raye writes raw, honest songs from her heart that she hopes will move others the way she has been moved by music for so many years. NSAI evaluators have critiqued of her songs “stellar melodies”, “and ability to paint an amazing picture”; and the infamous Barbara Cloyd, formerly of the Bluebird Cafe, said “You are doing what no one else is doing. It’s different in a very good way”.
Raye is honored to be a member of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CMA (Country Music Association), The Grammy Association (NARAS), Folk Alliance, The Americana Music Association & ASCAP. Vickie Raye, along with Julie Forester, is a founding member of In The Round, On The Road - a national songwriter's tour.
"Im not a girl" says Raye, "I am a woman, and I am proud to be one. I'm proud of my years so far on this earth. The love, the heartbreak, the mistakes, lessons learned, stretch marks and even a few extra pounds (literally and figuratively) and I refuse not to be allowed to sing about them; they make me who I am. Love me or hate me but I will sing my truth and it isn't always pretty. I’m just me. I write stuff that's real to me and that I enjoy singing. It's either good music or not and I try my best to deliver good music!"