From Cincinnati, Arin Ray is a singer-songwriter born on September 2nd, 1995. As he initially gained acclaim from X-Factor in 2012, it's now five years later and Ray has built a solid resume consisting of hits for Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Young Thug, Jeremih and many more. After landing his first solo credits in 2015 with a pair of sultry bedroom ballads for Chris Brown, “Red Lights” and “Right Now,” and the heartbreaking “Kae,” demand for his vulnerable lyrics and taut phrasing skyrocketed. Over the next year, Ray racked up even more writing credits including songs for Rick Ross, Jason Derulo, Yo Gotti and K. Michelle while also releasing his own debut EP, Phases. Sleek with elements of future soul and warmed by Ray’s gentle, effortless vocals, the EP revealed that Ray’s gifts were not relegated to the writer’s room. Now, with the release of his forthcoming solo debut on Interscope Records, he’s poised to finally become a star in his own right.
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