"...Ray De Tone is a professional guitarist featured in Guitar Player magazine . An eclectic player, fusing the elements of rock, blues, progressive, country, metal, alternative and even bluegrass, creating a signature sound that stands out amidst todays' onslaught of redundancy. Melody and emotional intensity coupled with the right style and sound for the song are of utmost importance to this fine guitarist. And this musical maturity is showcased on his 3 instrumental CDs to date! Ray is also a published songwriter(ASCAP) with over 300 songs (words & music) in his catalogue, an accomplished producer, working double duty on many sessions as guitarist and producer... "
HIGHLIGHTS / BIO
"Spanish Gypsy" from Ray's Guitar Noir CD is being used by
2007 World Junior Figure Skating Champion, Caroline Zhang. Caroline is skating her 2007/2008 short program to it; all to be aired on NBC-TV.
Recorded with Grammy Winning Producer-Neil Dorfsman (Sting, Paul McCartney, Dire Straits); drummer-Van Romaine (Steve Morse); drummer-Nir Z (Chris Cornell, Genesis); drummer-Bernard Davis (Anita Baker); drummer-Courtney Williams (kd lang ); keyboardist-Adam Holzman (Miles Davis); Billy Cliff (vox-Pet Shop Boys,Spyro Gyra); studio ace guitarist , Nick Moroch ( everyone everywhere); Paul Dianno's Killers; FAME-TV star Carlo Imperato; bassist-Marl Clarke(Mountain, Rainbow), members of Billy Joel's band, Iggy Pop's band, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Steve Vai's band, Billy Squire's band , bassist-Dave Keyes (Renaisance, Willy DeVille ); RENT bassist Marc Ensign ; Commander Cody bassist, Ric Mullen and so on.
Toured with Iron Maiden's original singer, Paul Dianno in the band , KILLERS; Ronnie Spector; CBS recording artist Drive, She Said and has performed in the NYC area with countless bands, including Tracey Blue, Life On Mars and many Chinese pop stars touring here in the US
Appears on Jason Becker Tribute Warmth In The Wilderness II CD along with atrists such as Steve Vai and Randy Coven
Composes continually for the Omni Music library, placing music on their Comedy, Street, Eastern, Reflections and Xmas
CD in 2007 to date.
Composed 6 pieces of music for ComedyNet to be incorporated with their artists' performance art videos.
PG-TV w.TDM Productions and Soundtrack Solutions has commissioned Ray for 8 pieces of instrumental
music per month. This includes everything from full orchestral scores to solo Flamenco to shred metal , blues,country, R&B and more
Strange World CD licensed by MTV's "Undressed" for 2002 production.
Once More...With Feeling!!! CD licensed in Japan by Big M.F./Zain Records. Released date - April 8, 2000
#1 Artist / ARTIST OF THE WEEK on the Top 10 Artist chart at BILLBOARD's Talent Network for the week of Dec.10, 1999 .
"...With thousands of bands and mp3's at their site Riffage.com has just made available The Best of Riffage Rock CD featuring Ray's Stew from Ray DeTone's Once More...With Feeling!!!CD."
Charted on the BTN Radio Top 50 at BILLBOARD's Talent Network 47 straight weeks with the CD Once More...With Feeling!!!peaking at #3.
Played guitar in the pit orchestra for Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell.
Composed and performed songs and musical scores for film and TV including Bennu Productions "Renegade Justice" starring Charles Bronson, "Say No To Strangers" starring Carlo Imperato; TigerProductions "Open Season" and RAI-TV, Italy "The Raffaella Carra Show".
Co-writer with hit songwriters Mark Mangold (Cher, Michael Bolton), Essra Mohawk (Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner) and Bob Khozouri(Eternal).
Songs from Once More...With Feeling!!!are featured on MusicSojourn.com's Night Visions E-radio show along with groups like King Crimson, Yes, Mullmuzzler, Adrian Belew & Genesis.
Studied music with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith's father, "uncle" Vic Talerico.
Teaches guitar privately and does clinics in the NYC area. He feels this helps to keep him in touch with today's styles while allowing him to explore alternate styles that he normally wouldn't make the time to study because of his busy schedule.
Endorsements include VHT Amps DR Strings HIPSHOT Zaolla Silver cables MIT cables D'Andrea picks and BAG END speakers.