Performing Songs From His New EP, FREE on Wednesday, March 22 – 9:00 pm – (Also: Wednesday, April 5; Friday, May 12)
- “When music is great you want to hold it into the moment. Let it be told that L.A. has its own guitar slinger, Ray Goren” – Rock Bands Of L.A.
- “Teen Phenom” – Pasadena Weekly
- “Ray has a talent that few come by naturally.” – California Rocker
Experience the Solo Guitar Greatness that is Ray Goren, performing songs from his new EP Free, at Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Wednesday, March 22. Set time: 9:00 pm. Tickets $10. Info: (323) 653-0640 or www.genghiscohen.com. Ray will also be performing there Wednesday, April 5 and Friday, May 12.
“At Genghis Cohen he played solely with the aid of a sampler for multi tracks and rhythms to showcase soon-to-be-released new songs. Those who came were won over by the guitarist/singer’s talent and disarming personality. Equally arresting in a different way was techno pop “Manners” that was well suited for the present-day pop scene and also included ripping guitar,” writes L.A. Jazz Scene in a review of Ray’s January show. The Los Angeles Beat attended Goren’s Genghis Cohen gig in January, writing, “Last Saturday night, Ray Goren performed in a solo show at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles. Showcasing his new-found mastery of writing his own songs, as well as his treatment of a few covers, the show was well-received by the packed room.”
Ray Goren Takes His Music A Different Direction With New EP, FREE
Dynamic young musician Ray Goren embraces elements of New Jack Swing, Hip Hop, Soul, R&B, and Rock on his new six-song EP, Free. “Manners” quickly catches the listener with it’s quirky keyboards (played by Goren, as are all instruments on the album) and rap-soul vocals, as Ray makes his intentions known to the opposite sex:
“I ain’t got no manners, And you ain’t got a clue, Tonight it’s all on you”
Title track “Free” features a melodic opening refrain and some soulful Goren vocals, augmented by Ray’s ever-present guitar. “I just wanna be free now,” Goren sings, in a sound reminiscent of seventies’ greats Bad Company. “Don’t Know Better” is both funky and soulful, Goren singing, “I ain’t tryin’ to play, I just want your lovin’ every day” while displaying more of the guitar prowess the Southern California-based teen is renowned for. “Emergency ” is more soulful seduction, Goren singing, “it’s an emergency, every time you move you seem to capture me”, with a catchy electric piano and a sweet guitar solo. “Back To Me” features a pretty, flowing, soulful sound with Goren’s high-octave vocal giving the tune an Old-School nineties’ feel, “you’ll come around…back to me.” The disc ends “Love Gone Wrong,” a sweet-sounding duet between Goren and L.A. vocalist Hewan, calling to mind comparisons with classic soul hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell.