|Birth name||Raymond Lothar Slijngaard|
|Also known as||Kid Ray and Raytac|
June 28, 1971 |
|Genres||Eurodance, techno, dance, Hi-NRG, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, singer, songwriter|
|Labels||ZYX Records, BYTE Records, ToCo International, X-Ray Records/Rayvano Productions, Spinnin' Records.|
|Associated acts||2 Unlimited, Ray & Anita, VIP Allstars|
Raymond Slijngaard (born June 28, 1971) is a Dutch singer and musician best known as the front person of the duo 2 Unlimited.
Raymond Lothar Slijngaard was born in Amsterdam to Lothar and Ingrid Slijngaard. In his early career, Ray was a chef while dreaming of becoming a rap star—singling out Snoop Dogg as his favourite at the time.
2 Unlimited (1991-1996)
In the early 1990s, Ray, (the soon-to-become techno-rapper of 2 Unlimited) had been asked to write rap lyrics for a tune written by Belgian producers J.P. de Coster and Phil Wilde. Ray also wrote a chorus to be sung by a female vocalist, for which he asked Anita Doth to sing the lyrics. The demo was presented to de Coster and Wilde, leading to Ray joining 2 Unlimited, and "Get Ready for This" was produced as their first single. It became a big hit, and was used in sporting events and movies.
Ray sang the rap for their songs; however there was successful single, "Nothing Like the Rain", where he had very little input. The band became an instant success in Europe and throughout the world. Their hits included songs such as "Maximum Overdrive", "No Limit", "Tribal Dance", "The Real Thing", "Twilight Zone" and "Workaholic".
During his time with 2 Unlimited, Ray was famous for his original hairstyle, keeping the rest of his head shaved, leaving only a few dreadlocks on top of his forehead. As a new single was released, the title was often shaved into the remainder of his hair.
After sixteen music videos, forty-five songs, and four albums, the group split up in 1996.
After 2 Unlimited (1996-2009)
After 2 Unlimited broke up in 1996, Ray turned his attention more to his own record company, called X-Ray Records/Rayvano Productions, named after his son. He also released a singles during 1997 called "3x a Day".
In 1999, Ray teamed up with rapper Marvin D, Strezz and Orphea (Keshaw) to form a new rap-group called VIP Allstars. They achieved some success in the summer of 1999 called with a tracks titled "When It's My Turn and Mamacita". The music was produced by Cyril Mahabier and Hurrigan Bouman, unfortunately they didn't receive credits for their productions.
In 2003, Ray worked on a brand new project called Legends. He teamed up with Herman Rarebell of The Scorpions to release a single called Eye of the Tiger. Then in 2007, Ray did a tour across South America. Apart from the 2 unlimited hits, he also sung some unreleased tracks, such as Arabesque, Round And Round and Dance With Me.
2 Unlimited Comeback (2009-Present)
Ray and his former 2 Unlimited colleague, Anita Doth, reunited on 11 April 2009, to perform together for the first time in 13 years at the "I love the 90s" concert in Hasselt, Belgium. Further gigs followed on 30 April at the Radio 538 Queen's Day concert at Museumplein in Amsterdam, and as support act for Milk Inc at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp on 25 September.
Performing under the name Ray & Anita, it was confirmed on 29 December that the duo would release a new single together in 2010 titled "In Da Name Of Love". Jean-Paul DeCoster is thought to have denied permission for them to use the name "2 Unlimited", as he still owns the rights to the brand.
On 11 July 2012, it was announced that Ray and Anita will be working again with the Belgian producer, De Coster under the name 2 Unlimited.
|1997||"3 X A Day" ||66|
|1997||"Do You Think I'm Sexy" ||-|
as Ray & Ian Gillan 
|1999||"When It's My Turn"
as VIP Allstars 
as VIP Allstars 
|2010||"Throw It Up"
as Regi & Ray 
|2013||"What U Waitin' 4"
as The Dutchables feat Ray & Lovebug 
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