The powerful indie soul-pop artist Ray Hodge has been making waves since announcing his debut EP, "Braveheart" (out 10/28/16) and unveiling the inspiring music video for "I Am King," last month. Hodge's music was recognized by The Source, who found inspiration in the message behind the track to remind us all of the value of life itself and that #BlackLivesMatter. Combined with Ray's soulful, powerhouse vocals, the lyrics command listeners to "let them spirits go" and not let negativity influence their lives or change who they are. Set in the woods, the video, produced by Alexa San Roman (Heirsound), welcomes the fall season by giving off a spooky vibe with remnants of magic, New Orleans and all things "Voodoo". Here is what Ray had to say about the track:
"What I want the song to those who are listening, do not let the negativity of your surroundings make, break or create your day. Especially when it starts to make it hard to do anything, like breathe. Just let them bad spirits go." - Ray Hodge
Growing up in Jamaica, Queens on an eclectic mix of music ranging from Michael Jackson to System of A Down, Ray's love of music and performing started at a very young age. Singing and performing for almost anyone who would listen, his love for music would eventually lead him to play in his first band in his early teens. Since then, Ray has been sharpening his theatrical live performance skills playing various underground clubs in NYC, as well as crafting his own original brand of music that somehow manages to encapsulate indie, pop and soul music all wrapped into one perfect package. Like it's title, Hodge's debut EP "Braveheart" (out 10/28/16) is a 6-song collection of songs meant to move and inspire, highlighted by the artist's powerful and dynamic vocal range. Ray's music is honest and emotional with a message of hope for anyone that has been through trying times in their life, to remind them that they are not alone and to stay strong, love themselves and push through because they are going to make it...the same mantra that Ray reminds himself of on a daily basis. The artist elaborates:
"What I try to do differently than other artists is to make it about more than just the lights and glam, more than just a lyric or a good song. I create the land and the fans build the houses. In that, we make this place our place, where we become the Vibrations and electricity and in that form,we are one. We are not alone. I make it ok to release the happiness, sadness, or anger as we share it among each other in these moments we purify"