Ray De La Paz has been singing for over 30 years and has traveled extensively around the world taking his music and talent wherever dancers rule. This extensive travel has made him a very well known singer within the Salsa community.
Ray was born and raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem and grew up in the Bronx. He started singing at a young age and as it was then that his mother convinced him to take vocal lessons.
His first professional singing experience was with a neighborhood local band called El Conjunto De Don Juan, which recorded in New York.
The year was 1970 and the place was the Colgate Gardens in the Bronx where Ray made his debut playing on the same stage with Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta featuring Ismael Quintana; Joe Cuba featuring Cheo Feliciano and Jimmy Sabater; and Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz.
In 1972, Ray recorded with Chino y Su Conjunto Melao, which was at the time a popular New York Band amongst Salsa dancers. During one of his presentations with El Conjunto Melao, was when the late legend, Ray Barretto asked him to record on his upcoming release “RICANSTRUCTION”. After accepting to record this album with Ray Barretto, he wound up recording a total of four albums with him including: BARRETTO LIVE, GIANT FORCE, and RHYTHM OF LIFE.
In 1976 Louie Ramirez contacted Ray De La Paz to sing on a production with Sonora Poncena. The album was titled “MUSICAL CONQUEST/CONQUISTA MUSICAL” (Inca Records). Louie Ramirez then hired Ray to sing on his 1982 production “NOCHE CALIENTE” which was on the K-Tel Label. Two great hits came out of that LP which was “Estar Enamorado” and “Todo Se Derrumbo.” After the success of “NOCHE CALIENTE”, Ray and Louie toured Venezuela and much of South America as Louie Ramirez and Ray De La Paz. This was the first time the two names were connected. The chemistry was great and the dancers loved it!
Three albums were recorded under the name of Louie Ramirez and Ray De La Paz. Those three LP’s were “CON CACHE!” (1984), “ALEGRES y ROMANTICOS” (1985) and “SABOR CON CLAZE!” (1986). All three albums were massively successful and made Gold Records… because these two were incredible together.
In 1987, Ray started his solo career with his first solo album called “ESTOY COMO NUNCA” on BC Records. In 1990, Ray recorded an album for the RMM Recording label: “COMO TU QUIERAS”. The sales of that album were very impressive. Trying to catch lightning in a bottle one more time, Louie and Ray got together under RMM Records to record “OTRA NOCHE CALIENTE” (1991) which spawned the hits “Suddenly”, “Definitivamente”, and the ever famous “Medley”. With RMM Records he also recorded “PREPARATE BAILADOR” (1993). That same year Ray was teamed-up with Cheo Feliciano for the Louie Ramirez tribute “RECORDANDO A LOUIE” for the “Combinacion Perfecta” album (1993). Ray’s last recording for RMM was 1994’s “FAMILIA RMM EN VIVO” on which he performed “Otra Noche Caliente”.
In 1997, Ray De La Paz made his acting debut on Broadway alongside Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, and Ednita Nazario in New York City for Paul Simon’s “THE CAPEMAN” performed at the Marquis Theater Times Square. He also participated in the cast recording on Warner Brothers.
In 2001, Ray sang lead vocals on three tracks on “PA’L BAILADOR” on Morrowland Records by the West Coast based Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. Also in 2001, Ray participated in “RAY BARRETTO’S LIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY” recorded in Puerto Rico at the Tito Puente Amphitheatre for Sony Records.
In 2002, Ray De La Paz recorded with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra for the Grammy nominated CD “UN GRAN DIA EN EL BARRIO” (Ryko/Ropeadope Records), on which Ray sings “Aprende A Querer,” “Vale Mas Un Guaguanco” and “Obsesion.” Since then this CD has gone Platinum. Ray De La Paz continues to be one of the elite singers with Spanish Harlem Orchestra where he plays an important part as one of the orchestra’s lead vocalist and in 2004 recorded for the Grammy winning CD titled “ACROSS 110th STREET” (Libertad Records) featuring Ruben Blades, “UNITED WE SWING” (2007), and “VIVA LA TRADICION” (2010).
Ray has sung in many commercials for well-known companies in the advertising industry and has been a member of SAG and AFTRA for many years. Ray is fluent in both Spanish and English, and is equally adept singing in both languages. Among many achievements he has received, Ray has won an Ace award, two gold records with the best in salsa music, such as Ray Barretto Orchestra, Guarare and Louie Ramirez.
Ray De La Paz continues with much success in his long and glorious singing career. His golden voice is a favorite of many DJ’s and is heard on dance floors throughout the world.
|2013||The Complete Album Collection||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|2011||Songwriter||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|2010||Causes Perdues et Musiques Tropicales||Bernard Lavilliers||Choeurs|
|2010||Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story||Fania All-Stars||Vocals (Background)|
|2010||Viva La Tradición||Spanish Harlem Orchestra||Group Member, Vocals, Vocals (Background)|
|2009||Serie Nostalgia: Exitos Originales||Los Relámpagos del Norte||Composer|
|2008||Amistad Para El Mundo Entero||Johnny Polanco||Guest Artist, Vocals|
|2008||Got Salsa||Primary Artist|
|2008||RMM 20th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 6||Primary Artist|
|2008||RMM 20th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 8||Primary Artist|
|2007||Mambo Show: Serie Platino||Budda All Stars||Vocals|
|2007||Salsa Legends Live||Primary Artist|
|2007||Salsa Mania [Immortal]||Primary Artist|
|2007||The Essential Paul Simon||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|2007||United We Swing||Spanish Harlem Orchestra||Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals|
|2006||Salsa Mania [DVD]||Primary Artist|
|2006||The Capeman: Original Broadway Cast||Primary Artist|
|2006||The Underdog/El Subestimado||Tego Calderón||Coros|
|2005||Old School Original Salsa Classics Deluxe Box||Primary Artist|
|2004||Across 110th Street||Spanish Harlem Orchestra||Composer, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals|
|2004||Aqui Esta La Salsa [Universal]||Primary Artist|
|2004||El Avión de la Salsa||Jimmy Bosch||Guest Artist, Main Personnel|
|2004||Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001||Ray Barretto||Vocals|
|2004||The Studio Recordings 1972-2000||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|2003||Old School Salsa Classics, Vol. 3||Primary Artist|
|2003||Voces del Milenio: Salsa, Vol. 2||Primary Artist|
|2002||Best of Latin [BMG]||Primary Artist|
|2002||Salsa a la Coupole: Paris||Primary Artist|
|2002||Serie 32 [2 CD]||Cheo Feliciano||Primary Artist|
|2002||The Best… Salsa in English||Primary Artist|
|2001||Barreto 50th Anniversary||Ray Barretto||Guest Artist, Vocals|
|2001||The Giant of Salsa: Live in Puerto Rico||Ray Barretto||Unknown Contributor Role|
|2001||The Salsa Dance Class: The Real Deal||Primary Artist|
|2000||Congreso Nacional de la Salsa||Primary Artist|
|2000||Greatest Hits: Shining Like a National Guitar||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|2000||Japanese Sandman||Freddy Gardner||Vocals (Background)|
|2000||La Voz Romantico del Caribe||Cheo Feliciano||Primary Artist|
|2000||Latin Broadway||Arranger, Primary Artist, Vocals (Background)|
|2000||Mega Latino||Primary Artist|
|1999||Lo Mio||Carlos Santos||Coros|
|1999||Mas Ritmo Latino||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1999||Salsa in English, Vol. 3||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1998||Como Tu Quieras||Ray de la Paz||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|1998||Salsa Hits [RMM]||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1997||All Within Reach: A Benefit for the Reach Foundation||Composer|
|1997||Greatest Hits||Louie Ramirez||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1997||Mas Agresivo Que Nunca||Johnny Ray Y Salsa Con Clase||Choir/Chorus, Vocals (Background)|
|1997||RMM 10th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 8||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1997||Songs from The Capeman||Paul Simon||Vocals (Background)|
|1996||20 Anniversary of the NY Salsa Festival: 1975-1995||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1996||Combinacion Perfecta||Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals|
|1996||La Clave Latina||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1996||Mascara Salsera Gold Stars: Gozando!||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1995||Ray De La Paz||Ray de la Paz||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|1994||Familia Rmm En Vivo||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1994||RMM Megamix||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1993||Otra Noche Caliente||Louie Ramirez||Primary Artist, Producer|
|1993||Preparate Bailador||Ray de la Paz||Primary Artist, Producer|
|1992||Put Your Heart On: Salsa in English, Vol. 2||Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals|
|1992||Seduceme||Viti Ruiz||Vocals (Background)|
|1992||Tributo a Ismael Rivera||Celia Cruz||Main Personnel, Vocals|
|1991||Hot Street Salsa, Vol. 2||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1991||Put Your Heart On: Salsa in English||Performer, Primary Artist|
|1987||Estoy Como Nunca||Ray de la Paz||Primary Artist|
|1982||Rhythm of Life||Ray Barretto||Main Personnel, Vocals|
|1981||Ce’ Magnifique||Tito Puente||Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals (Background)|
|1980||Giant Force||Ray Barretto||Main Personnel, Vocals|
|1979||Rican/Struction||Ray Barretto||Main Personnel, Vocals|
|1976||Conquista Musical||La Sonora Ponceña||Choir/Chorus, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals (Background)|
|Viva Africando||Africando||Featured Artist, Vocals|