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Interview with Alaina Ray, 17-year-old singer-songwriter; recording, playing & Indie/Dream Pop focus

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Alaina Ray (Photo by Patty Duffey of AOTM)

Alaina Ray is a 17-year-old singer­ with dynamic vocal range, confident delivery and an exceptional ability to put her own flair on popular covers of all genres. Her gritty, raspy tone captivates her audience. After beginning vocal lessons at 9 years old, Alaina has been dedicated to creating opportunities for herself. She created a local band where she was showcased in venues like the Hard Rock Cafe, Topsfield Fair, The Raven, UnchArted and the Northeast Youth Music and Arts Festival, where she was awarded the most hardworking and passionate musical act based on an online vote.

Alaina Ray at Salisbury Beach with the All You Got Tour (photo by Patty Duffey)

Alaina Ray and Reese Gardner at Breakaway Tavern (photo by Patty Duffey)

Alaina has spent the last few years, writing new songs and gaining experience performing them on many stages. She participated in the All You Got Tour in 2018 and 2019, which has given her unique performance opportunities.

She has recently began collaborating with

guitarist Reese Gardner this past summer, after meeting him on the tour. They will be performing together on November 27th at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA at 9PM.

She continues to challenge herself with choosing songs that blend between mainstream and indie pop alternative. When writing an original song, Alaina dives in delicately balancing her emotional state, sweet yet raspy vocal tone and remarkable delivery. It is so cool to see how Alaina has transitioned into a music genre that she fits so well in.

Alaina gathers new fans at each show. Most recently, at the NH Pumpkin Festival a new fan sent her a message that really made her day..."We saw you at the NH Pumpkin Festival. You have an amazing voice, and I think you are going to be extremely successful! Will you be playing in Laconia again anytime soon?"

We interviewed Alaina Ray to get more incite to what inspires her and where her goals are going forward.

How far have you come in your musical journey from when you started? I’ve grown a lot from performing covers when I started, to performing originals and learning and playing acoustic guitar. I definitely feel more confident and relaxed on stage, and really love performing now.

What genre do you identify with? Indie/Dream Pop

What are some of your goals (longterm and short term)? Short term goals: Performing at new venues, consistent shows and recording an EP. Long term goal: Making a living playing music.

What inspires you when writing your original songs? I write songs based on how I’m feeling, and experiences that I go thru.

What artists are you influenced by? Gus Dapperton, Charlotte Lawrence, and Kali Uchis

Any advice for upcoming artists? Get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, and have fun

Alaina is a very responsible, young lady with a bright future ahead of her. Follow @alainaraymusic on all social media platforms. She will be entering the studio in the upcoming months to release her EP, and will record at Sound Shuttle Studios in Boxford, MA.

Future shows are booked at the Black Box Theater on January 17, 2020, and at the Blink show at Faneuil Hall on December 14, 2019.

"Alaina has steered her own direction, captures the audience with her smokey and breathy tone, and makes you feel the emotion from the song's first words. Her original music expands deeply on life's emotions and relationships and she can easily transfer that energy to the audience as if they are living it with her."-Artists on the Move

Alaina Ray (photo by Patty Duffey)


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