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Mikuak Rai / Press

“...Rai, the former frontman for D.C.-based soul band Moya has ventured out on his own to create a stripped-down, calming album that features just a piano and his rich, deep voice. According to Rai, his varied West African, Ojibwe and English heritage has greatly influenced his music. "I've done all styles of music and my multi-ethnicity has really allowed me to tap into those angles," he says. "It's allowed me to express myself differently." In a time when heavy album production is as common in the music industry as lip-synching, why did Rai choose to make his album so instrumentally simple? "Doing this has allowed the content to take center stage," he answers. "It's kind of like me stepping out on stage naked." ”

Korin Miller - Washingtonpost.com

“...if local singer/songwriter Mikuak Rai has his way, today's musical landscape will once again be flooded with socially conscious tunes. His piano-driven debut SimpleTruth - a self described "guided musical meditation" - is sparse on instrumentation but loaded with messages of peace, love and understanding. "I wanted to deliver socially, spiritually conscious music," says Rai. "I stripped down the sound intentionally because, as a songwriter, I want people to receive the words coming out of my mouth." With a voice and style reminiscent of Ben Harper and John Lennon, Rai hopes that his music can do more than just help people get low. "I want people to be encouraged, inspired, and come out of my show with a greater sense of their humanity and a greater sense of self."”

Carlton Hargro - Creative Loafing Atlanta