Trained Vocalist & Lyricist

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Professional vocalist and songwriter in New York, NY. Available for hire to record lead vocals and/or harmonies along with top line and lyric writing. I am a classically trained vocalist with a clear warm and rich tone and extensive range that allows me the versatility to sing nearly any style or genre.

I care deeply about any project that I work on and I am committed to making it sound the best that it can. I am very easy to work with and can adapt pretty quickly. I have a very high standard and I communicate throughout the project providing updates.

I have my personal studio with top of the line gear and will provide a dry mix high quality recording of my vocal performance so you can mix and edit the way that you would like or I can provide a track with a mix of my choice.

You can learn more about me, videos and additional songs on my website http://www.therealrai.com .

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Reviews (29)

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  1. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    Great record to work on once again. Terry is always professional and keeps the good vibes coming. Cant wait to work with him again!

  2. Review by Andres Mayo Mastering
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    Terry was very kind and patient. It was a pleasure working with him!

  3. Review by Jonas Petersen - 24 Violins
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    Great experience working with Terry again. The song was once again fantastic and it was a pleasure recording strings for it!

  4. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    It's always a pleasure working with Terry! He came with another great track for me to write to and I know the final version that he records is gonna be CRAZY!

  5. Review by Jelli
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    I always love working with Terry! Terry makes the soundbetter process super easy and fun for me by being always extremely clear and concise with feedback. I can't wait to keep working together in the future.

  6. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    My pleasure to work with Terry once again! Detailed and professional as always.

  7. Review by Jay Parish
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    Once again, another song down with Mr. Jones. Like before, he had a complete instrumental and a clear goal for the vibe. Happy to write for him like always, and I look forward to writing for him again!

  8. Review by Jelli
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    Terry is super awesome and easy to work with, always giving me specific information and feedback that allows the process to go smoothly and really enjoyable. Not to mention the music is catchy and cohesive. Im happy that Terry entrusted me with this project.

  9. Review by Jay Parish
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    Once again, a pleasure working with Terry. I appreciate that he's open to experimenting with different ideas until something clicks. All sorts of unexpected results come out of it, and it's great to see. I look forward to writing for him again, like always.

  10. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    Another job knocked out with this crazy talented guy! Always a pleasure to work with Terry!

  11. Review by Jay Parish
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    Another great collaboration with Terry, and it's always easy to write for him. Looking forward to see what else he comes up with in the future.

  12. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    Another job knocked out with Terry! Amazing vocal ability and ear for great records! Love working on his songs everytime!

  13. Review by Zach Alwin
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    Great singer. Great taste in music.

  14. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    It was great working with Terry again! He sent over another amazing instrumental and a clear vision for the track making it once again a very easy writing process for me! Can't wait to hear his finished project!

  15. Review by Jay Parish
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    Glad to work with Terry again. This time, he had a song that was mostly complete and just needed a few lines to fill in the gaps. He's a great customer to have, as he's very easy to write for and has a clear vision for his songs. Looking forward to more.

  16. Review by Jay Parish
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    Another one down with Terry. He asked me to write lyrics and a topline to a completed instrumental. He gave me a lot of creative freedom on this one, so it was fun to write for. Glad to write for him again, and looking forward to more.

  17. Review by Jay Parish
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    Another order down with Terry!

  18. Review by Jay Parish
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    Great to work with Terry again. Like always, he's super-easy to write for. Looking forward to more songs with him.

  19. Review by Jay Parish
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    Great to work with Terry again. He approached me with a completed song and just wanted some extra ideas for vocal arrangement and a few lines. The timing worked out perfectly, and we were able to finish everything within a day. Like always, he's very easy to work for, and I look forward to working for him again.

  20. Review by Jonas Petersen - 24 Violins
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    Real awesome experience working with Terry. The music was produced well and great voice. Looking forward for more future collaborations!

  21. Review by Ben Teters
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    beautiful song, a pleasure to work with Terry!

  22. Review by Kyl Means
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    This was my first job working with Terry! This guys voice is amazing! The instrumental that he sent was so easy to write to! Everything was on point!!! Super honored to get to work with him! His communication is very clear and precise! Can't wait to do more down the road!

  23. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    Terry sent another great record! Awesome direction and communication from him once again! He's making the writing process so easy for you and I would definitely hire him on a vocalist job if you're in the market for it. Excellent vocals!

  24. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    My 3rd job with Terry and he was professional as always. I'm hoping to continue working with him on this project!!

  25. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    This is my second time doing work for Terry and once again another great track for me to pen a song. I'm really excited to see the end process of this record when he puts his vocals on it!!

  26. Review by Jay Parish
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    Second time writing for Terry. Like the first time, he had a complete instrumental. This one had some very lush but soothing chords that contrasted the drums, and it left a lot of room for creativity. I'm glad to write for Terry again and look forward to more.

  27. Review by Bruce "Codak" Carter
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    I couldn't have asked for a better client. Terry was very professional in the way he conducted business. His communication was detailed and to the point which made my job go seamlessly. His voice tone is fresh and effortless. I can't wait to hear his finished project and I hope that we will be working together again soon!

  28. Review by Jay Parish
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    Terry approached me with a completed instrumental and wanted some fresh lyrical and topline ideas. He's a very easy guy to write for. I'm glad to work him and I hope to write for him again in the future!

  29. Review by Judy Shin
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    It was wonderful working with Terry. Beautiful track, clear demo and directions. I'd love to collaborate again :)

Interview with RĀI

  1. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  2. A: I promise to do my best every single time just like it's my song to ensure your vision is achieved and you have a product to be proud of.

  3. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  4. A: Ask touch questions and pay attention to their attitude and how they answer them. Their tone and attitude even through messaging will be indicative of how it will be to work with them. Trust your gut and chose the person that you think will best be able to carry out your vision.

  5. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  6. A: I would love to work with Lalah Hathaway. She would elevate me as an artist and just the goal of working with her being actualize would justify all the struggles and sacrifices over the years to being a popular singer.

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: R&B, Soul, Pop and Gospel. I also sing standards.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My ability to allow the music and the spirit of the song to dictate the direction of the song along with the vision of the client.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I bring a genuine desire to have the song be the best song that it can possible be. Just because you are a talented singer doesn't mean that the song is all about you. Sometimes it's the guitar or the horns that's the star of the show and best help to conway the spirit of the song. Having an understanding of that helps there to be a cohesive body of work at the end of the process.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: I try to get a clear vision of what the client want and need out of the song when I'm writing. Once that is clear, I totally engulf myself into the song and I allow the music to inspire the words. If the client has words already and just needs either a melody or maybe just a recorded performance, I ensure that what ever creative embellishment I provide is totally in the line with the emotion and feel of the song along with the client's vision.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Vocal demo, vocal performance, lyrics, top line melody & background vocal arrangement and performance

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Terms Of Service

Upon completion (5 days, sometimes less), I will send over a reference mix. If you are not satisfied, you can ask for one revision free. Subsequent revisions are $50.

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