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Jimmy Ray live
|Birth name||James Ray|
3 October 1970 |
|Years active||Late 1990s – present|
|Labels||La Rocka Records, S2 Records, Epic|
In press interviews and promotional materials he cited his influence by the music of Elvis Presley and other rock and roll stars such as Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Tommy Steele. His manager was Simon Fuller, who also managed The Spice Girls and produced the hit show American Idol. Jimmy Ray's recording career began as one half of techno-pop outfit AV (Alternative Vision). The duo was founded in 1994 by Graham Drinnan (AKA 'Gypsy' or 'Gipsy') who previously as a solo artist had scored a number of critically acclaimed techno / house hits in the early 90's, most notably 'I Trance You' & 'Funk De Fino' & 'Skinnybumblebee'. AV signed to Sony S2 Records in 1994 but no recordings were ever released.
After splitting from Drinnan in 1996, Ray went on to score a hit single in both the United Kingdom and the United States with his song "Are You Jimmy Ray?" the following year. "Are You Jimmy Ray?" reached No. 13 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone.
Ray released his self-titled album in the U.S. in March of 1998, but the album was never issued in the UK. The song "Are You Jimmy Ray?" was successful in his native country reaching No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1997.
He followed up this single in 1998 (primarily in the UK) with "Goin' to Vegas", including a televised performance on Live and Kicking Friday. It failed to enter the UK Top 40, only peaking at No. 47. A video for the single was made, but it (and the single) never aired in the U.S. In the summer of 1998, Ray went on a U.S. tour with the Backstreet Boys. In the autumn of 1998, a third promotional single and video clip, "I Got Rolled" was given minimal airplay.
21 years later, Ray re-emerged in 2009 as a member of the Airplayers, a song production team.
Recently, in a November 2015 announcement on his official fan page, he stated that he is working on material for a comeback record. This was later confirmed in September 2016 on his Record label's website "La Rocka Records was created in 2016 as a launchpad for UK singer Jimmy Ray's 'comeback' album tentatively titled 'Live to Fight Another Day,'"  but as of early 2017 nothing has been released since.
- Jimmy Ray (1998)
- "Are You Jimmy Ray?" (1997) UK No. 13 US No. 13
- "Goin' to Vegas" (1998) UK No. 49
- "I Got Rolled" (1998)