Surging from London’s bustling underground music scene, singer, songwriter, composer, Ray Estaire has landed on the doorstep of Jazz with her triple octave vocal talent. With a background of Jamaican, Grenadian, and Scottish ancestry, Estaire possesses a deep, rich tone reminiscent of the late Sarah Vaughan. Leading her band with a wise conviction she moves seamlessly between cool ballads, swinging standards, and original songs from her fourth coming EP.
Blessed with a 1st Degree Honours from the University of Kent Estaire received a scholarship to study Jazz at the prestigious Guildhall School Of Music & Drama where she was mentored by Jazz drummer; Trevor Tomkins and Jazz singer Brigitte Beraha. Ray Estaire was also a member of the close harmony group; The Guildhall Jazz Singers (directed by Scott Stroman) and served as a second tenor. Past projects have allowed Estaire to perform at the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival, support the fabulous Will Young on his 2016 tour and provide tour support for the talented Gabrielle at the 2016 Castle concert’s singing to an audience of 5000 music lovers. Prior to this she sold out the London Jazz Café with song performances taken from her debut EP ‘Talk About It’, which she also promoted at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Ray's voice can also be heard on the fourth coming Emile Sande album and she is quickly becoming the go to session singer recording for clients such as Asahi beer and Maida vale studios to name a few.
Not only is Estaire a rising Jazz singer, but she has also taken the world of theatre by storm selling out the Union Chapel with her cameo in the Kurt Weill musical; Lost In The Stars (Directed by Jean Lacornerie, and conducted by Scott Stroman). Hot on the tail of a fantastic show at the Barbican, Ray also performed at Milton Court Concert Hall singing backing for Liane Carroll and Mike Walker. Recent projects have allowed Ray to sing with James Brady's Jazz Big Band at the Historical Mirth Marvel & Maud Theatre, famously known for concerts from the likes of John Coltrane and the Beatles. The stand out show; Swing into Christmas, sold out twice and received raving reviews on the London Jazz News blog. This paved the way for a spectacular performance alongside Abby Mordue at the 2018 Love Your Borough Awards ceremony.
Fresh out of Music school Estaire has graduated with a distinction in Jazz at Masters level and will be rejoining the James Brady Jazz Big Band for a Christmas tour. Ray has also just joined the cast of a new theatre show called The George Michael Story. The show depicts George Michaels journey with WHAM and the latter part of his career in which she sings backing vocals alongside Becci Morrell and also plays the legendary Aretha Franklin alongside the lead; Steve Mitchell. The tour has quickly gained momentum selling out theatres across the UK and recently featured on BBC radio sheffield, BBC radio Surrey, and ITV Meridian news. With 2019 set to be a busy year Ray Estaire looks forward to performing internationally with the Smash hit show. If her success to date is anything to go by, then her followers are in for a satisfying listening experience to come.