"Fantastic duo!! They perform a wide variety of music. I am amazed by their talents. Book them and awe the audience." - - Doreen Nohr
Ray grew up in the Philippines and started performing when he was 7 years old. At 10, he won an American Idol-like competition in Manila and by 15. Ray has also performed extensively all over the World as part of the USO Tour for several years. Since coming to the United States, Ray has earned a reputation as one of most talented and well-respected guitarists and musicians in the Twin Cities area through his work with the following groups: Asian Society, Prince, Sheila E, City Vibe II, Extra Added Soul, High Brow and the Shades, and Rice & Beans. Ray's true claim to fame is his One-Man-Band show where Ray performs all styles of music from his impressive repertoire of over 600 songs with tracks he has custom recorded in his studio. Ray has been a featured guest on the television shows, Twin Cities Live and KARE 11. He has also performed in a recent post-concert show at Mystic Lake Casino for National recording artist, Santana! Ray's talents have also been recognized as a 3 - time inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame!
Mary Jo Vene
Mary Jo is a Music Specialist for Stillwater Area Schools and a private instructor of voice, piano. cello, and violin. She has performed locally, regionally, and Nationally, including New York and Nashville, as well as appearances with The Drifters and Highway 101. She has also appeared on/at Star Search, The Nashville Network, the renown Nashville Palace, MN State Fair, and The National Anthem vocalist for the Minnesota Twins. Mary Jo sings all styles as a soloist, including jazz vocalist for the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra, Century Jazz Band, and is currently lead vocalist for the R & B, Funk, and Rock variety band, MJ & the Groove Machine as well as appearing as female vocalist with the Soul/ Funk band, Extra Added Soul; Vene-Daley Duo with MN Jazz Award recipient and Twin Cities jazz guitarist, Kevin Daley; and NOW in the variety duo, Double Trouble!!