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.
“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
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