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Artist/CEO, Maurice the Fish Records/Radio Show Host: The Aquarium (NWCZRADIO.COM)
Raymond Hayden is a man of many talents. He is a singer, a song writer, and amazingly gifted piano player. He started playing piano at age 19 and has honed his passion and talents to a unique presence on stage that exudes technical savvy and a complete love for the music industry. All of this combined has made him a relevant and integral part of the Tacoma and Seattle music scene.
Growing up his biggest musical influence was, Chicago. They inspired him the most because every time he heard their music he felt like playing and being in a position like them to inspire and touch people. Currently Ray connects to Pink Floyd because it takes him to another place outside the normal stresses of life; and that is just what Raymond Hayden’s music does for his listeners.
Ray’s music is best described as Pink Floyd infused with Toto, Supertramp, Chicago, and a smidge of George Winston and Elton John. His voice has a natural beauty to it that embodies the deep reflections found within the humanness he connects to in his music and reaches one at a core level. All the accolades aside, Ray still says he feels nervous, anxious and lucky to get the chance to make people feel when he is on stage.
Innovative and provocative, Ray decided to create his own reality when finding it hard to get radio, press gigs, etc…and co-created Maurice the Fish Records in 2007. He also has a radio show, The Aquarium. These venues help him keep his fingers on the pulse of what is currently happening in his own backyard and around the rest of the relevant music industry, and allows him to network with other talented like-minded music professionals.
Raymond Hayden is a man with a big heart who is determined to build, create and share a life worth living with others. His work ethics alone will blow your mind and the one thing that MTFR and her culture have proven to him is that success looks different to everyone and that ultimately if he affects one person’s life he has achieved this.
Ray is definitely a bright light in a scene that can be dark at times. He has managed to stay on top of this by shifting his perspective from a life spent focusing more on why it is hard to find success to now writing and focusing his efforts on why it is possible to find success, happiness and true serenity within. Mainly by believing that if you believe in yourself you are half way there....
You can find Raymond Hayden performing keyboards for Nolan Garrett or in his band, Raymond Hayden and the Monsters in the Dark. He has four albums on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon: A Doorway Through Your Tears (Full length CD); September Sky (Full Length CD); Broken (EP); By Your Side (Single). Raymond has performed on over 25 albums with other artists and is a member of BMI, a Grammy voting member, and a mentor to young musicians regarding the music business and showmanship. This is a man who is living his dream and helping others to define and reach for theirs.