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RAYE’s Groundbreaking New Opus ‘Genesis’ Illuminates a Musical Renaissance

  • June 7, 2024
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RAYE’s Groundbreaking New Opus ‘Genesis’ Illuminates a Musical Renaissance

Raye, pop music, r&b, genesis
Fresh from her record-breaking wins at The BRITs, global sensation RAYE returns with the genre-defying “Genesis,” a work that transcends the usual confines of a “single.” Produced with multiple GRAMMY Award winner Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, SZA), “Genesis” is a new three-act opus from RAYE, showcasing a masterclass in disrupting the music landscape. Through storytelling, RAYE parallels the origins of her universe, elevating her emotionally raw and vulnerable lyrics with triumphant strings and horns, dulcet harmonies, and an emboldened snare, creating a pitch-perfect performance that feels like a divine battle cry. “Genesis” confronts an unfinished chapter with a clear intention for a new beginning, drawing inspiration from big band, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, gospel, and contemporary pop. From darkness emerges light, heralding a musical renaissance.

RAYE explains: “There is a Nina Simone quote, ‘It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times’. This quote means everything to me, and I believe the best way I can honor it is through my art and music. In a world filled with darkness and pain, I wanted to create something deeply personal and raw about my own mind and the world around me. The song is a 7-minute piece I’ve meticulously crafted over the last year and a half, experimenting with different genres and sonic expressions. Beneath all the layers and lyrics, the core message is ‘Let There Be Light’. It’s a prayer, a plea, and a cry for help. I hope this song brings hope to those who need it most, just as it has for me.”

 

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. ChrisRyanNYC.com won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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