She has also been featured at The Los Angeles Music Center and at events sponsored by The Thelonious Monk Institute. While still in school, she performed in The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl. As a studio singer, Raya has recorded and performed with many major acts, including the re-formed Oingo Boingo for two Halloween events and appearing on Neil Young’s ground-breaking album Living With War. As a winner of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Composition program, she performed her original music on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. She has been interviewed and performed on Los Angeles radio station KJZZ -FM, and was featured in a documentary on KCET-TV focusing on the L.A.
Music Center’s Spotlight Award winners. Her original songs have been featured on televisions shows including Girlfriends and Sci-Fi Channel’s smash hit Battlestar Galactica. Raya received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Thornton School of Music at The University of Southern California. During her college years, she won The Quincy Jones Award and The Herb Alpert Scholarship. She joins the Telarc label with her self-titled debut album produced by Steve Bartek (Danny Elfman / Oingo Boingo), scheduled for release in February 2008.
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