"As a radio executive for the past 20 years, I’ve had the good fortune to witness many of the greatest artists across all genres and formats. As a musician and songwriter, Darren Ray rates among the best. Immediately upon listening to Darren’s music, it is so apparent that it resonates directly from his soul. Whenever we host a function that requires entertainment, it is crucial that the talent reflects the quality of our company, my first call is always to Darren.” ----Tony Beringer ----Regional Vice President Clear Channel Radio

"It's rare to get a CD and actually enjoy every song but this is what happened when I plugged in "Darren Ray 3" The vocals, lyrics and musicianship were top notch and if you are a true music lover this CD is a "must have" for your collection!"
~Laura Logan - J & L Management

 

 

Hometown Getdown

Track of the Day on 18Nov2008 in Blues Rock
Best Male Vocals in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Guitars in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Bass in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Production in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Melody in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Beat in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008
Best Mood overall, week of 24Nov2008
Best Mood in Blues Rock, week of 24Nov2008

Ready for Radio
Great guitar riffing to intro in southern rock beat.
This has a really good feel to it.
Performance is professional all the way, through out the line up.
Vocals are very good...!
Bass tone is great...even some horns to funk it !
Keys finish it off .
5 out of 5 !
Reviewed by: SOMEX6Bassist from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Great production, what you'd expect
Good tight groove, great drumming, mean intense vocals. Very dirty blues happening here!
The breakdown is a very cool funk/blues brass break, with a crazy keys solo. Very nice. The guitarist doesn't dissapoint either!!!
No big surprises here, just straight ahead classic American blues rock.
This could be 1976!
Reviewed by: noi5emaker from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

I Wanna Be A Rap Star

Track of the Day on 9Nov2008 in Comedy
Track Of The Week on 24Nov2008 in Comedy
Best Male Vocals in Comedy, week of 17Nov2008
Best Production in Comedy, week of 10Nov2008
Best Production in Comedy, week of 17Nov2008
Best Lyrics in Comedy, week of 17Nov2008
Best Mood in Comedy, week of 17Nov2008
Most Original in Comedy, week of 17Nov2008

Funk that sh**
Cool, country groove. What? Actually, it's the best comedy track I've heard all day. Funny as hell. The best country song I've heard in months. Why aren't you guys on the radio. Nice down home dirty vocals. You got it. Market it and see what happens.
Reviewed by: brownstar6 from Twisp, Washington

Rappers
The singer actually sounds like Kid Rock, as he sings about how bad rap is.. and most people who actually play their instruments would agree. The only thing good about rap is that it shows one has timing and syncopation.. Otherwise, rap isnt really music at all. So Im glad ya poked fun. And this song goes on to point out that the rappers have lots of kids, that they have guys on stage with them that dont do anything, wear their clothes all low, get to design their own clothes, and pay to have an entourage.. "friends" - Maybe rappers have it too good?
haha
Reviewed by: Psick from Ridge, New York

 

Loud Guitars

Track of the Day on 16Nov2008 in Country
Best Male Vocals in Country, week of 22Dec2008
Best Male Vocals in Country, week of 12Jan2009
Best Lyrics in Country, week of 22Dec2008
Best Melody in Country, week of 22Dec2008
Best Beat in Country, week of 22Dec2008

Definite Hook
Very reminiscent of "Restless Heart" and that's not meant to be a bad thing at all. Vocals were pitch perfect and performed by an obviously very talented lead male vocalist delivering well-crafted and thoughtful lyrics. There's a definite hook in the chorus which has already worked its way into my memory and by 3:07 I'm singing along with the band. Great song, great performance! 5 Stars!
Reviewed by: MikeParrish from Houston, Texas

Real Americans
As per your request:
The vocals here are great. Clear, strong, professionally sung, and just gruff enough. Definite character in there!  The hook is nice too, and although not new for the genre, is delivered with heart. It's memorable.  ...And the lyrics, again not new, but you've got a winner here. I can sing along with this, so you've probably achieved your aim.  Great work guys! There's nothing bad I can say about this.
Reviewed by: kailaigo from Unspecified

 

Guitar Man

Track of the Day on 6Mar2009 in Country

 

Nice hook

The vocals is very 70's rock.  Nicely done!  The guitar has the perfect sound.  Great guitar player.  The song is fun to listen to.
Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Lyrics, Melody, Mood, Best Feel
Good Track. - Ricksmuzik  Nashville, Tennessee  January 10th, 2009