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Songsmith Ray Sorenson wins two accolades
at the NCEIA Dolphin Awards
Awards for Blues & Production categories

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Ray Sorenson

Singer songwriter Ray Sorenson, who released his debut album Silent Writer, in October this year, took home two accolades at the NCEIA Dophin Awards this week. The North Coast Entertainment Industry Association’s Dolphin Awards recognise talented musicians living in the region and were held on Tuesday (December 2) at Ballina RSL. Ray took home the Blues category for his song Don’t Fool Yourself, as well as winning an accolade for Production on Blue Haze.

Ray was nominated for five awards in total – Adult Contemporary (Guitar Lady), Country (Silent Writer), Music Video (Blue Haze), Production (Blue Haze) and Blues (Don’t Fool Yourself). Even with five nominations, this down-to-earth musician never expected to take home any wins. “I was absolutely stunned,” he says. “With all the surprises I’ve had in my life, this would have to be at the top of the list. I would like to thank my producer Steve James for the incredible quality he brought out of the songs and weaved Lawrie Minson, Andrew Clermont, Dean Sutherland, Warwick Scott, Shay Henderson, Ray Scott, Gary Steele and Luke Ferguson together to create an incredible smooth sounding, easy listening album. I would also like to thank my son Matt and his partner Emily, Jack Atley for the Video and my father for his lifetime support.”

The Production accolade was received hand-in-hand with producer Steve James. “The production on the album is first class,” says Ray. “I am still amazed how Steve did it. The mastering and editing was done at Jack The Bear’s Deluxe Mastering Studios. I didn’t know how important this part of the process was until we flew to Melbourne and spent two days in the studio. I was taken back with all the parts of the recording I was hearing and how Sam Hannan and Andrei Eremin put all the parts back together in a very fat crisp sound.”

Ray Sorenson - NCEIA Dolphin AwardsRay’s debut album Silent Writer has been receiving acclaim around the country. Following on from the success of his debut single Blue Haze, the album is the culmination of a lifetime of work from this impressive singer-songwriter. A well-known musician on the North Coast of NSW, Ray has spent most of his life writing and touring the region, however he never found the right time to release an album of his own material. Now in his 50s, his album is the perfect representation of his life.

Silent Writer is a country blues/alt-folk gem that captures the intensity of Ray’s song writing and superb vocals. For a debut album it is an exceptionally crafted release. Ray started working on Silent Writer back in 2010, but the songs go back as far as the early 70’s. It’s one of the reasons the album has an imposing air of maturity from start to finish. Each song, from the harmonica laden title track Silent Writer to the rhythmic swagger of It Didn’t Work Out, invites the listener to take a peek through the window of Ray’s soul. They are brutally honest, something that’s become a trademark of his work.

ARIA-award winning producer Steve James, who has worked with the likes of Thin Lizzy, The Screaming Jets, Mental As Anything and The McClymonts, helped bring the album to fruition. It was recorded at Rockinghorse Studios and features an impressive cast of musicians – these include Dean Sutherland on bass and Warwick Scott on lead guitar (both founding members of iconic funk rock band Skunkhour) and the revered Lawrie Minson on pedal steel guitar. Ray Scott, one of the best harmonica players in the country, also features throughout the album.

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