THE SHORT STORY-----------Manhattan born ASCAP publisher, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ray Rivera is a World Music artist in the style of Santana, The Neville Brothers and Los Lobos. He blends the blues, soul, and progessive rock with the driving rhythms of Cuba and Brazil into his own original American compositions. Ray's music has been played on radio and television in the U.S. and Europe and has reached national status on the Dateline NBC show. Ray's adult contemporary instrumental "Song For Joanne" has been packaged by AN"R Publications with 4 CD's worth of original music from around the world and introduced at the POPKOM festival in Berlin, Germany in December 2004. Ray is also winner of Billboard's Achievement Awards for his songs "Oh! Maria" and "Between Two Mountains". Ray has enjoyed making the Top 10 at Broadjam.com for his song "Rainbow Fantasie" in the Latin category and for "Samba Mama" in the New Age category. Ray was placed by IMRadio.com into the featured artist home page in July 2011, and has had his compositions played over 50,000 times worldwide. Plans for a new band are in the works along with studio dates in June and July 2013.