About Sean Michael Ray
Sean Michael Ray is the type of bass player that can produce pure, melodic, soul-stirring sounds that truly captures an audience.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sean was born with music running through his veins. His mother is a holiness church organist and his father was a renowned bass guitarist.
Although it is hard to believe, Sean has had no formal musical training. His first instrument was a trombone, but as he watched Soul Train, he came to the conclusion that the trombonist only played on portions of the song - he wanted to be a constant part of the music. Hesitant to get another instrument for her son, his mother said; 'Alright, I got you that trombone and now you want a bass. I hope you don't put that down!' Now, more than 30 years later, he is still playing.
Inspired by Earth, Wind and Fire's bass player, Verdine White, Sean has traveled the world performing with such artists as Maxwell, John Waite, Gerald Albright, Alex Bugnon, Dionne Farris, Norman Brown, Joey Sommerville, Bob Baldwin, Sheila E. and Birmingham's own, Eric Essix.
He has also performed in various movies and soundtracks - among others: First Wives Club, Ghost of Mississippi, B5 (Hanna Montana Soundtrack - "Shining Star"), Dionne Farris - "Truth About Cats and Dogs", Jonathan Butler and Juanita Bynum - "Gospel Goes Classical", and John Waite - The Hard Way - "Downtown Journey of a Heart".
Though his travels have taken him far from home, he still returns to The Guiding Light Church on Sunday mornings where he has devotedly served for 24 years.