Multi-talented, singer, songwriter, producer, and gifted vocalist Tonia Ray has enthralled audiences at home and abroad with her charismatic style and powerful voice.
A Troy, NY native, Tonia was a member of the “Gifted and Talented Program” while growing up, and a frequent soloist. She sang the national anthem before each basketball home game at her high school, and was the only vocalist in her high school jazz band. She also formed the singing group “Calmplexx”, and was a member of the popular dance troupe “Charisma Affair”, who performed a various events in the cities of Troy and Albany, NY. Additionally, She was a member of the East Orange, NJ, group, “Phazes”,
Tonia’s songwriting credits include co-writer of the song “My People” from Angie Stone’s album “The Art of Love and War”, along with the actor, Idris Elba; the song was featured in the movie trailer for Tyler Perry’s “Madea Goes to Jail”.
She has collaborated with many artists, including DJ Premier, Eddie Stockley, Rick Wake, Curtis Hudson, Positive K,
Smooth B, Tephlon, Evelyn Fito, Africa Bambaata, Saswash, and many others. She was a also member of the M.O.P. World Tour, and has traveled all over Europe.
Tonia has performed in a multitude of venues, including The Hammerstein Ballroom, Club 112, and The Wetlands, all in New York City, at NJPAC and a variety of other performance centers in New Jersey, and throughout the U.S.A.
She is a member of ASCAP and the Harry Fox Agency, and has her own publishing company known as Tonia Ray Music.
Tonia stays busy with a variety of projects- currently she is performing, producing, and writing songs for her latest album.
Her band, T-Ray, (named for her) is the host band for the ‘Funk Jam’ on Thursday nights at the Robin’s Nest in Linden, NJ,. She also performs at a number of spots in the Metro NYC area.