If you listen to Ray talk about his craft, you will hear words like heart and soul, listening and communicating, magic and truth. His heart and soul are devoted to finding the soul of the project, the heart of the artist. He knows that if he’s done his job well, you will ultimately not notice him at all. That’s OK, that’s a great producer.
As Ray says, “An album is a collection of works and the artistry that makes an album special is making great recordings of great songs but songs where every word means something to the artist and ultimately to the listener. It’s certainly not about plugging the singer into my creation.”
“I feel that throughout the history of music, the work that has survived is the work that was forward looking for its time. The singers who we remember and emulate are the ones who communicate unabashedly with no reservation at revealing their soul."