Ray Viera

Born in Rio Piedras (Puerto Rico), he was a child of the “Soneros”. He has been listening to recordings by the great “Soneros” since childhood, such as Hector Lavoe and Ismael Rio, Ismael Miranda and Chamaco Ramirez, and Marvin Santiago. Ray has been inspired by these musicians collectively to pursue his goals and combine their musical influences into his unique vocal style. Ray moved to Philadelphia with his father at the age 11 He lived in Philadelphia, but he didn’t lose his Puerto Rican cultural roots or musical influences. Ray has had the privilege of working with many Latin music icons, such as Johnny Pacheco and Adalberto Santiago, Yomo Toro (late Celia Cruz), Yomo Toro, Yomo Turo, Yomo Toro, Yomo Toros, Yomo Toro and Justo Betancourt. He also worked with Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestras, Jimmy Bosch, Chino Nunez, and many others. In 1997, he recorded his first album with ATI Records. It was produced by Johnny Pacheco and Jovanny Diaz. Ray also recorded background vocals for various genres. This included the soundtrack to an Off-Broadway musical called “Quien Mato a Hector Lavoe”, starring Domingo Quinones. Later, “El Cantante” would star Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. He was the background singer for Celia Cruz’s final CD, “La Negra Tiene Tumbao”, as well as Eddie Palmieri’s 40th Anniversary CDs, “La Perfecta II”, and “RitmoCaliente”. He is also the lead singer on Johnny Pacheco’s 50th Anniversary CD “Entre Amigos”, (2004). Ricky Gonzalez’s Oasis featured him as the lead singer in the songs “Timbalero”, and “Ya Era Tiempo”. He has toured all over the United States, Africa and South America, as well as Mexico, South America, South America, Europe, and Mexico. He has always performed with passion and emotion, even as he strives to achieve his goals. Ray is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. He can combine the traditional style of singing with the versatility of a crooner, and has a progressive, modern outlook. Ray’s debut album, Aqui Esta Ray Viera, was released in 2002 after many years as a background singer to some of Salsa’s most famous legends. His compositional skills are evident in songs such as “Lo Mio Es Cantar”, “Borinquen Ya Cubanacan” and “Corazon Cerrado”. He also wrote “Tun Tun Suena El Tambor”, which was included on Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Grammy-winning album “Across 110th Street”. Ray has been the lead singer of Johnny Pacheco’s Tumbao Anejo band since 1998. Ray produced and composed nine songs on “TROMBAO” in 2007. “TROMBAO” reached the second round in the Grammy nominations process in 2008. Now Ray Viera y Trombao will present his latest work to the public that will provide a cultural blending of rhythm that is bursting with Caribbean flavors titled “SAMBUMBIA RADIOACTIVA” from http://www.rayvieramusic.com

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