Ray Viera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Since childhood he has listened to the recordings of the great “Soneros”, such as Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Chamaco Ramirez and Marvin Santiago. Collectively, these artists have inspired Ray to pursue his goals, combining their musical influences into his own vocal style and sensibility. At the age of 11, Ray was sent to live with his father in the “Barrio” of Philadelphia. Although he lived outside of his native Puerto Rico, he never lost his cultural roots and musical influences. Ray has worked with many Latin music legends, including Johnny Pacheco, the late Celia Cruz, Yomo Toro, Adalberto Santiago, Papo Lucca, Justo Betancourt, Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch, Chino Nunez and many other greats. He recorded his first album for ATI Records in 1997 produced by Johnny Pacheco with Jovanny Diaz and his Orchestra.
Ray has also recorded background vocals in various genres, including the soundtrack of an Off-Broadway musical entitled “Quien Mato a Hector Lavoe” starring Domingo Quinones, that would later become a major motion picture staring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony titled “El Cantante”. He sang background vocals for the late Celia Cruz’s “La Negra Tiene Tumbao”, her final CD; both Eddie Palmieri’s 40th anniversary CD, “La Perfecta II” and “Ritmo Caliente”, and is the lead singer in Johnny Pacheco’s 50th anniversary CD “Entre Amigos”(2004). He also participated in Ricky Gonzalez’s “Oasis”, singing lead in the songs “Timbalero” and “Ya Era Tiempo”. Over the years, he has toured throughout the United States, Africa, Mexico, South America and Europe.
While striving to realize his dreams, he has continually performed with intense passion and emotion. Many consider Ray one of the new generation of artists who can blend the traditional style of singing with the flexibility of a crooner and a progressive, modern outlook. After many years of being in a background role to some of Salsa’s greatest legends, Ray released his debut album, Aqui Esta Ray Viera in 2002. He shows his talent as composer in songs like “Lo Mio Es Cantar”, “Borinquen y Cubanacan”, and “Corazon Cerrado”. He also composed “Tun Tun Suena El Tambor” in Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Grammy award winning album “Across 110th Street”. Ray has been a lead singer for the legendary Johnny Pacheco’s Tumbao Anejo since 1998. In 2007 Ray released “TROMBAO which he produced and composed nine of the ten songs. “TROMBAO” made it to the second round of the Grammy nomination process in 2008. Now Ray Viera y Trombao will present his latest work to the public that will provide a cultural blending of rhythm that is bursting with Caribbean flavors titled “SAMBUMBIA RADIOACTIVA”
|2010||The Rough Guide To Salsa Divas||Composer|
|2009||Best of Jazz in Burghausen, Vol. 3||Vocals|
|2008||La Japonesa Salsera||Yoko||Composer|
|2007||Aqui Esta Ray Viera||Ray Viera||Primary Artist|
|2007||Doctor Salsa||Chino Nuñez||Composer, Vocals|
|2007||Salsa Bands of New York||Composer, Primary Artist|
|2005||Entre Amigos||Johnny Pacheco||Coros, Vocals|
|2004||Across 110th Street||Spanish Harlem Orchestra||Composer|
|Deja Vu||Orquesta La Paz||Guest Artist, Vocals|
|Ritmo, Sabor Y Melodia||Chuti Serrano||Coros|
|Sambumbia Radioactiva||Ray Viera||Primary Artist|
|Trombao||Ray Viera||Composer, Coros, Executive Producer, Leader, Percussion, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals|