| Hey All, Happy Summer and 4th of July!
We have an update on Ray, finally!
Ray has a meeting with a U.S. Consulate July 14th for permission to enter the U.S. and to play Soul Fest, please pray hard and read below for official press release:
U.S. VISA POLICIES IMPACT FORMER HILLSONG MEMBER
East Bridgewater, MA – July 1, 2010 — On May 28th, Australian-born Ray Nainggolan (aka Ray&Co) was stopped upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport en route to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. He was questioned as he passed through customs with AU$3,000 in cash and two guitars. U.S. officials detained him for seven hours and asked hundreds of questions, finally concluding that Ray could not proceed any further into the U.S. due to the nature of his visa. He was traveling under the auspices of a B-1 Visitor’s Visa as opposed to a P-1 Entertainment Visa, a non-immigrant visa which allows foreign nationals who are athletes, artists and musical groups to enter into the U.S. for a specific event, competition or performance. The leading official determined that Ray would be a burden on the U.S. economy and sent Ray back to Australia the following day.
On the cusp of his U.S. debut release entitled “White Noise Visions” releasing July 27th, Ray was traveling to the U.S. to spend the next three months promoting the album via concert/festival performances, interviews, a video shoot and several other promotional activities. Ironically, Ray spent four years in the U.S. attending college at Gordon College in Massachusetts beginning in 2000 and, thereafter, was afforded the opportunity to move to Australia where he became involved with the Hillsong movement. He was a featured guitarist on the Hillsong Kids albums “Follow You” and “Tell The World.”
As a result of what can only be viewed as an injustice based upon the letter of the law and a government official’s unwillingness to investigate the matter fully, Chrematizo Label Group joined independent Blue Duck Records and charities Love Can’t Be Baht and The Stable Coffeehouse to form the “Help Save Ray Campaign”. The purpose of the campaign is to help raise funds on behalf of the burgeoning artist to cover the estimated $3,000 dollars needed to secure a proper P-1 visa and the additional $1,000 to replace the original plane ticket.
Tax deductible donations can be made through the Love Can’t Be Baht website (www.lovecantbebaht.com/Love_Home.html) or the Stable Coffeehouse website (www.stablecoffeehouse.com). Blue Duck Records is offering a free copy of the 15-track “White Noise Visions” CD to anyone donating $20 or more to support the cause.
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White Noise Vision now available to order at www.blueduckrecords.com/store and digitally!
Here’s what people are saying:
“Ray&Co reaches out to the audience and bring them in with clear vocals, interesting lyrics and a strong instrumental style.”
“Australia’s Ray&Co lays down some very smooth grooves. With only hints of Jack Johnson and John Mayer, the singer songwriter still has a unique take on the pop he plays. If you need convincing, give the song “White Noise” 1 minute of your time. That should be enough to keep you listening to the track, when you’re done there you can move onto ‘Lonely Paradise’.”
“Ray’s passion for music is contagious and he can’t stop smiling because he’s doing what he loves”.
“It’s often the acoustic singer/songwriter genre that ends up producing the most intimate and emotional songs. Blue Duck Records’ latest signing, Ray Nainggolan from Australia, uses that sound as his template for writing his songs of love and worship.”
“I never would have imagined that this upbeat coffee shop rocking acoustic guitar led album would have been created by a dude who grew up in a small mining town in Indonesia. The important thing to note, however, is that good music can from anywhere, even when you’re not expecting it.”
“Like his unusual background Ray&Co’s music is a mixture of several different styles. You’ll find a little bit of Indie rock and pop mixed with some funk and island sounds, along with even a few hints of an alt. country vibe thrown into the mix. If you’re like me and haven’t heard Ray&Co’s music before then do yourself a favor and get ‘White Noise Visions.’ This release is filled with a collection of fifteen very well done songs.”
Blue Duck at Soul Fest!
Blue Duck Records will be at Soul Fest (NH) again this year and cannot wait! Tickets are available through us for only $95 with 5 free cds including the new Ray&Co! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order tickets or go to www.blueduckrecords.com/store .
Blue Duck will have 6 of our bands perfoming Wednesday on the Deeper Well stage:
Blueprints of the Heart
He’s the Hero
Wolves Among Sleep
The Human Flight Committee
Auburn and Wolves Among Sleep (Last Show ever?!?!) will be playing Saturday as well on the Inside Out Stage!
Get ready to have a good time, blue duck style!
Request Ray&Co on CHR Radio!
Ray&Co is now getting radio play on several CHR stations for his song “White Noise”. We need your help to get it onto bigger stations like K LOVE, please call K LOVE and let them know that Ray’s message needs to be heard on their station!
(800) 525-LOVE (General)
(800) 877-5600 (Comments)
Ray&Co “Vision” EP Out Now!
Ray&Co’s new Ep is available on itunes and all major digital outlets and it’s getting great reviews! Download it for only $5.94!
He’s the Hero!
He’s the Hero’s new Ep “Villains” is out now! Grab yourself a copy, available on itunes and all digital outlets for as low as $4.95!
Thank you so much for your support! See you at Soul Fest!
Team Blue Duck
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