Cody Ray and the New Favorites – Live@Lunch

Cody Ray Raymond is a purposeful, independent musician, a singer-songwriter, guitar player and producer. Performing not only in some of the Northwests top venues like The Crocodile in Seattle, and Jazzbones in Tacoma as well as McMenamins in Oregon- Raymond and his trio have performed all up and down the West Coast in Festivals, Fairs, and opening for nationally touring acts such as The Receiver, Yarn, and The Voice’s 2013 semi-finalist, Stephanie Anne Johnson, among other notable artists. Raymond’s roots come from early RnB, Soul-Rock, Jazz, Blues and Grunge. You’ll hear flavors of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder to John Legend and Allen Stone in his vocals and John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains in his guitar playing. His stories will inspire you to reflect, grow, and encourage you to be in love with life and its experiences.

After serving in the Air Force for three years and experiencing tremendous tragedy, Raymond found purpose through his honest songwriting, unique and dynamic vocals, and his soulful and melodic guitar playing. After a year in a half of couch surfing, street performing and picking up solo acoustic shows where ever he could. Raymond and Jesse Turcotte (Stay Grounded, Ethan Tucker Band, Stephanie Anne Johnson), formed Cody Ray & the New favorites in May of 2014, featuring hand picked, top drummers of the Northwest.

Cody Ray Raymond is an active environmentalist endorsing Redline Tacoma among other peaceful organizations. Raymond took part in coordinating a benefit concert for Red Line during the protests against the world’s largest methanol plant proposed for the heart of Tacoma. A month after the concert the multi-billion dollar project was CANCELLED. For more information, visit www.redlinetacoma.org

Raymond has released one single called, “Reflection,” which is now out on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Youtube and Apple Music and streaming on Seattle Alternative Radio and Seattle Wave Radio. Cody Ray is currently working on new material with The New Favorites which should be released sometime in spring of 2017. Check out their demo.

Portland State Professional Sound (PSPS) has brought the student community the Live @ Lunch concert series for many years now. The live music performances take place every Tuesday and Thursday 12-1PM fall through spring term at Portland State University. Bands typically perform in the park blocks, but if the weather’s not cooperating, you can find these bands in the Parkway North room of Smith Memorial Student Union just next to the cafeteria.

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