In 2012, New Jersey based Singer/Songwriter Ray G Ward partnered with Brooklyn musicians Ryan Smith (drums) and Enrique Mancia (bass) after looking for a backing band. Unintentionally, the band formed an entirely new sound which blended together many of their musical influences. Ray G Ward & the Light is known for their live performances full of energy and feeling. Frequent collaborator Colleen Ryan (backup vocals) shines on their songs, as well as the performance of Michael Ward (violin), Ray's father, who has played on all of the band's recordings to date. Their singular goal is to provide Light to the dingy venues across the US. They tend to forget where they are while playing music.