Parry Ray 'Know the Way Back'

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Last Show: Thursday 5 th September 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

The London based singer songwriter launches her new project at this very special show at the Pheasantry. Parry will be performing her first single release and a few other tracks from her (yet untitled) new album - which comprises a broad spectrum of modern songs and classics from the world of musical theatre. Parry has carved herself a reputation for pulling apart songs we know and love and reinterpreting them within the jazz genre, arranging them in a way that is both intimate and modern. Her latest project has been produced and co-arranged by notable talent James McMillan (Liane Carroll, Marie White).

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"Parry's initial pitch of repertoire for this album was both brave and unusual. Her approach however in bringing together these wonderful songs in such a stylish and convincing way is a tribute to her imagination and vision both as a singer and as an artist. It was my pleasure to help see this through"

Andy Wright

All this provides the background to Parry Ray’s new album, appropriately titled KNOW THE WAY BACK. It is a way back through Parry’s own life: the work includes new versions of ten songs by artists ranging from Blondie to The Cure, Billy Idol, and Fine Young Cannibals from a decade which hugely influenced Parry in her life journey. Each track is connected to a personal memory of hers. It is also a way back through the singer’s career: it is her fourth album, and a testament to her broad musical tastes which have enabled her to re-interpret songs from many different genres into a personal style mixing pop, jazz and swing influences. Supported by a musical dream team including superstar producer Andy Wright (Simply Red, Eurythmics, Simple Minds among others), Sam Swallow (formerly part of The Hoosiers) on keys and backing vocals, Jamie McCredie on guitar, banjo and mandolin, Roman Roth on drums and percussion, and Gareth Huw Davis on bass and cello, Ray has breathed new life into these well known songs. She has focused on particular aspects of each original track, enhancing certain moods and emotions and adding her trademark husky vocals as a unique finishing touch.

Parry Ray is a singer-songwriter and interpreter with an incredibly varied musical palette. Her gigs always offer a blend of jazz, pop and originals-  no two set lists are ever the same. Parry has performed regularly at the RAH in their “ Beyond the Main stage” programme, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts, the Bulls Head and other notable London venues.