Ray Slijngaard

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Ray Slijngaard
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Background information
Birth name Raymond Lothar Slijngaard
Also known as Kid Ray and Raytac
Born (1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 42)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Origin Netherlands
Genres Eurodance, techno, dance, Hi-NRG, house, hip hop
Occupations Rapper, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1991–present
Labels ZYX Records, BYTE Records, ToCo International, X-Ray Records/Rayvano Productions, Spinnin' Records.
Associated acts 2 Unlimited, Ray & Anita, VIP Allstars

Raymond Slijngaard is a Dutch singer and musician best known as the front person of the duo 2 Unlimited.

Personal life[edit]

Raymond Lothae 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.[1]

Ray has one son called Rayvano with Hortence Gooding.[2] Ray currently lives in Germany, but is still an avid and keen supporter of AFC Ajax.

Music career[edit]

2 Unlimited (1991-1996)[edit]

2 Unlimited is a Eurodance project founded in 1991 by two Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde and fronted by Dutch rapper Ray Slijngaard and Dutch vocalist Anita Doth.[3]

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)[edit]

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. to form a new rap-group called VIP Allstars. They achieved some success in the summer of 1999 called with a track titled "Mamacita".

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)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Discography[edit]

Solo Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
NET
Single T100
1997 "3 X A Day" [7] 66
1997 "Do You Think I'm Sexy" [8] -

Collaborations[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
NET
Single T100
1998 "Black Night"

as Ray & Ian Gillan [9]

-
1999 "When It's My Turn"

as VIP Allstars [10]

34
1999 "Mamacita"

as VIP Allstars [11]

68
2010 "Throw It Up"

as Regi & Ray [12]

-
2013 "What U Waitin' 4"

as The Dutchables feat Ray & Lovebug [13]

-

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray's Biography". Narod. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  2. ^ "Ray's's Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  3. ^ "2 Unlimited Biography". 2 Unlimited Official Website. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Welkom - I love the 90's - The party". Ilovethe90s.be. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Nieuwe single 2 Unlimited heet In Da Name Of Love". NLpop. Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  6. ^ "2 Unlimited herleeft" (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ray 3 X A Day". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Ray, Do You Think I'm Sexy". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Ray & Ian, Black Night". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  10. ^ "VIP Allstars When It's My Turn". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  11. ^ "VIP Allstars Mamacita". Belgian Charts. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Regi & Ray Throw It Up". Belgian Charts. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  13. ^ "What U Waitin' 4". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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