Blue-eyed soul and R&B as her forte, Rita Ray is a young singer and songwriter from Põlva, a small town in South-Estonia. Known for her powerful yet touching voice, she’s joined by a 4-piece band in a live setting. Rita’s soul-stirring performances have yet to leave a heart unmelted. With an unusual dose of honesty in her lyrics, Rita Ray has no passion for sugar-coated words, albeit an appetite for irony is present in her texts.
Soul, blues and jazz music is where Rita Ray has rooted her music, but it goes beyond those genre borders. Used to dig into 60’s soul artists since a youngling, she’s drawn her modern influences from The Dip and Amy Winehouse. Additionally, young Rita couldn’t escape the grips of a certain band led by Lennon and McCartney. This impact on the young singer has resulted in a formula best described as Aretha Franklin being the fifth member of The Beatles.
Rita Ray’s debut 8-track LP entitled Old Love Will Rust was released in November 2019. The album has sold out two pressings and was nominated for 4 Estonian Music Awards, including Best Album. Old Love Will Rust received critical acclaim both locally and internationally, earning reviews in the UK, USA and Germany, as well as being added to rotation on Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6 and BBC 2. Following the album release, 2020 saw Rita Ray perform shows at Tallinn Music Week, Intsikurmu and sell out 2 shows at Jazzkaar.
“Blue-eyed soul hasn’t sound so strong in ages. Crisp production, lungs of steel and a voice that’d make Aretha Franklin & Amy Winehouse proud. Heart melting stuff!” – Mr. Jewelz
“Rock solid and soulful.” – Shawn Lee, multi-instrumentalist, producer and presenter at Soho Radio