Melissa Raye spending time with “ROCKER” Willie Nile

A great evening out last night watching rocker and now “Friend” Willie Nile with his incredible band perform in Bayshore, Long Island! Was so nice to personally meet him after the show, and during our conversation he emphasized to me to “Follow My Heart” with what I want to do and be real to who I am! I’d like to share that advice with the rest of you, to follow your dreams!Melissa Raye and Willie Nile

Melissa Raye and Drummer Tony Lewis

Melissa Raye with musician and drummer extraordinaire Tony Lewis. Tony is also a songwriter and his career spans performances with Little Richard, Nancy Wilson,Chi-Lites, B.B. King, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Richard Street’s Temptation, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Cobham, Cyndi Lauper, Ashford & Simpson, Vernon Reid, Special EFX and The Boys Choir Of Harlem and Soul Legend/Rock & Roll Inductee Sam (Sam & Dave) Moore. We are currently in negotiations with Tony to perform on Melissa’s two(2) up coming Studio Recordings to launch this Holiday Season. Updates to follow….Melissa Raye and Tony Lewis

Funk That + Horns

 

Melissa Raye and Trumpet player, composer, producer and Grammy award winner Wayne Cobham met at an event in upstate NY this past Saturday evening, for the performance of Wayne’s band called “Funk That + Horns”.

Here’s a little bit about Wayne, in case you aren’t familiar with his work…

Melissa raye with Wayne Cobham
Melissa Raye with Wayne Cobham

After more than 35 years as an entertainer, Wayne Cobham still derives the utmost of pleasure from performing. Wayne has been playing trumpet since his early childhood. His career began in the drum and bugle corps of New York. He was hooked on the trumpet for life. In his teenage years, it seemed a natural progression for Wayne to move on to his own bands. He gathered around himself some of the finest young musicians available. All the while, Wayne was building a strong following and solid reputation as a highly respected trumpet player throughout the flourishing New York music scene.
In the late 70’s Wayne found a new love that would bring him parallel acclaim to his prowess with his horn. Computer programming was in its infancy and Wayne became one of its pioneers. Wayne was a major part of the MIDI revolution, and fostered a productive business as, consultant, clinician, producer, and educator. Using his new-found computer skills, he provided consultation to many well known musicians who wished to incorporate the cutting edge tools of the trade. His computer skills were utilized over many different genres of music including but not limited to hip hop, R&B, rock and roll, jazz, pop and gospel garnering him 2 Grammys along the way. These acknowledgements led to his membership and voting status with NARAS. Which enables him to be a part of the Grammy Selection Board.

Additionally, he was also in high demand as a performer and has toured the world playing trumpet with such notable entertainers as Ben E. King, Cameo, The Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Four Tops, Ray Charles, Billy Cobham, Taylor Dane, Loredana Berté, Lou Reed, Kool and the Gang, Nancy Wilson, and Denise Williams to name a few. However, it does not stop there! His studio credits include Michael Jackson, Pieces of a Dream, Nancy Wilson, Denise Williams, Patti Austin, and Billy Cobham. His production credits include Gwen McRae, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Dane, Billy Cobham, and Guy with Teddy Reilly, Lou Christie, Brass Construction among others. Over the past five years and until the death of Wilson Pickett in 2006, Wayne was on the road touring with and served as the Musical Director for Wilson Pickett and his band, The Midnight Movers. Now he has partnered with brotha.deep to collaborate on some new music.