Ray Thompson / Bio

Ray Thomas Thompson was born October 17th 1968 at 113 Medolmsley Road, Medolmsley, County Durham. He is the second child of four with two younger brothers and an older sister. His parents moved from Medolmsley to Corby when he was aged 7. He attended Beanfield infants, juniors then senior schools where he showed a talent for sports especially football. At the age of fifteen one of Ray’s friends was killed in a tragic motorbike accident, this friend was responsible for inciting Ray’s interest in the Guitar. Having previously tried the bagpipes, he quickly moved on to an instrument that he thought was easier on his ears. Ray taught himself the guitar from books until hearing of a local guitar teacher, Tony South. He took lessons from Tony up until leaving school in 1985 and starting his Engineering apprenticeship, Tony eventually moved away to Northampton but by then Ray had started to put pen to paper. It was whilst attending Tresham College in Corby that Ray joined his first band. The band was already established and was heading for the college and university circuit. The band ‘Play the joker’ played all original material and when their original guitarist left Ray was asked to join. After a while the band members went their separate ways and Ray started a new band ‘Body n Soul’. The four piece band played in and around the county playing a mixture of classics and original material wrote by Ray. By now Ray had married and was expecting his first child Chloe. With times getting harder Ray had now finished his apprenticeship and found himself writing more but playing less and less with work commitments and family taken precedence over music. Then during the height of the Thatcher years Ray found himself being made redundant. With no jobs or prospects in sight Ray decided to further his education by attending De Montfort University studying Electrical Engineering. After University Ray started to resume his interest in song writing and now with a son Lee and another daughter Meghan found himself needing to get back to earning.
In 2000 Ray had another son James and in 2004 took his family down under to Melbourne, Australia.
Whilst living in Melbourne Ray continued to write and play but had nowhere to showcase his material. Ray found it tough going in OZ what with undergoing serious neurological surgery on his back after an accident at work and then badly breaking his left wrist preventing him from playing for the good part of a year. Ray finally left Melbourne after the breakdown of his marriage left him all but a broken man In January 2009. He returned to give support to his eldest daughter who was now living back in the UK and at the tender age of twenty having just giving birth to his only grandson had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Ray has now picked himself up and with his son Lee also living back in the UK and his daughter in full remission the future is starting to look a little brighter. In 2011 Ray started the Desperados with John Carter his old friend from his Body n Soul days. In April 2012 Ray played for the first time solo at a session hosted by Steve Jones of wildfire sessions. He hopes this will be the start of something good and although with heavy work commitments still hopes to become a regular at the wildfire sessions events.

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Ray Thompson - Vocals
Artist Name
Ray Thompson
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Singer Songwriter / Brit Pop / Rock

Contact Info

Corby, UK

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