Meet Cheltenham-born UK Open Mic performer, Starry Ray:
Hi Starry Ray, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:
Do you play solo only, or also in a group?
How old are you?
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
South east London
How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)
It was rough in Peckham and my dad was a criminal so my songs are deep about my life
Where are you based now, and why?
What got you into making music in the first place?
I was left alone as a child a lot and needed an escape
What instrument/s do you play?
Singing, Rapping, Guitar
Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?
Madonna; she is authentic and knows what music trends are coming before anyone else.
Dolly Parton; incredible stage presence and charisma
Otis Reading; perfect pitch and beautiful tone
Do you write your own songs?
How many years have you been writing songs for?
What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?
They come to me as downloads or I can be inspired by a conversation I hear.
Why did you get into playing open mics in the first place?
I haven’t played a lot of open mics tbh I always tour, but feel it will be good for me to gain a new audience
What advice would you give new performers who are just starting out playing their first open mics?
Just don’t be afraid to be your most authentic beautiful self
What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?
Hoping the sound man is gonna be good
What’s the most bizarre, or fun, open mic, or gig, you’ve ever played, and why?
I played a gig in Maidstone prison involving inmates and outsiders
If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?
What do you currently find the hardest and biggest obstacles to moving your music career forward?
I have no obstacles
What’s the one truth about you that people often find surprising?
I gave five children
What’s the most exciting project you’re working on at the moment?
I’m just about to release my album and touring thus summer
Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?
We’re done! Anything else you want to share before we go?