|Occupation(s)||Singer, composer, lyricist, voice actor|
|Associated acts||Beautiful Losers, Yoko Kanno, Tatsuya Oe, Chris Mosdell, Ron Sexsmith, Akakage|
Ramayya was born in Saskatchewan, and is of Indian heritage. He has won and been nominated for several music awards for his scoring including Best Soundtrack from Saskatchewan Motion Picture Association's "NextFest" for his Bhang Lassi, which is featured in the multiple Gemini award winning documentary Cosmic Current. He is also featured on the critically acclaimed Anime series Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain, singing tracks on both of the internationally renowned soundtracks with Japanese composer Yoko Kanno. Ramayya is credited with over 250 TV commercials with co-writing, writing and singing contributions and well over a 1,000,000 in sales by soundscan.
Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer–composer–lyricist. He has featured as a guest singer/composer with artists ranging from Yoko Kanno (∀ Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei) Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and songwriter Ron Sexsmith.
Ramayya's film scoring projects have won him the SIMPIA motion picture award for "Best Canadian Soundtrack" featuring his Electronic -Indian- Fusion music project entitled "Bhang Lassi" . Bhang lassi is featured on the multiple Gemini award winning Docu -Drama "Cosmic Current and released on Dynastic records Japan with an upcoming release on major Japanese label Victor Entertainment. Tracks for the new Bhang Lassi cd are featured on the soundtrack to the recently released and 3rd highest rated CBC docu-drama "Mad, Cow, Sacred Cow" screening at several film festivals worldwide including the Mumbai Film festival 2010 and winner of several Canadian film awards.
He has over 250 TV commercial co-writing, writing and singing credits as the composer/voice for products from Sapporo beer to Volvic water, as well as projects such as Konamis game series Beatmania IIDX, Sega "Racer", Capcoms "Biohazard" MTV Japan's animation MTV series "The World Of Golden Eggs", and Victor entertainments "Gungrave" anime movie "Cowboy Bebop".
Ramayya's projects such as the Indian influenced folk rock band The Beautiful Losers have had song placements on several of MTV America's reality shows such as Pimp my ride and Two A Daze as well as having opening slots for acts such as The Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson and Coldplay. In Japan The Beautiful Losers have had song placements for the TV series Deep Love as well as Japan Travel Bureau, NTT Docomo and The Animal Channel.
Ramayya's recent activities include arrangements and singing for Disney classic song mobile contents including a remake of "Alice in Wonderland". Collaborations with Japanese DJ Yoichiro Itoh AKA Akakage for Universal Music and co-songwriting/singing for NHK's children's animated TV series Little Charo, performances for The Apple store Japan and a nationwide concert series for Starbucks featuring songs from The Beautiful Losers www.reverbnation.com/thebeautifullosers.
Ramayya is on the iTunes charts in Japan as a featured co-writer/vocalist for the Japanese Deep House Music act Studio Apartment http://www.studioapartment.jp who have remixed for the likes of Black Eyes Peas. "Strawberry Rainbow" is the charting single.
- Strange Dawn (2002) - Jorg
- Little Charo 2 (2010) - Duma
- Shenmue II (2002) - Additional Voices
- Steel Battalion (2002) - Additional Voices
- Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003) - Bruce McGivern
- Bloody Roar 4 (2003) - Bakuryū
- Paul Liberatore. "Paul Liberatore: Marin band the Beautiful Losers release holiday alternative rock album". Marin Independent Journal. Retrieved February 3, 2010.
- "The Crew". Mad Cow Sacred Cow. Retrieved February 3, 2010.