Ray Goren: Songs For You

Ray Goren: Songs For You

Ray Goren is somewhat of a musical prodigy. At only 15 years old, he has mastered singing, the guitar, the piano, and song writing. His debut EP, Songs for You, was produced by Emmy award winning Steve Jordan, who has previously worked with the likes of Beyonce and John Mayer, and features 4 original songs, written entirely by Goren, and one cover. The album features many big names, like Meegan Voss that is in the Verbs with Jordan, Willie Weeks, bassist of Eric Clapton’s touring house band, Will Lee, bassist of the Late Show with David Letterman, Robby Krieger, Lenny Pickett, who is the tenor sax for the Saturday Night Live band and has worked with David Bowie, Paul McCartney, and the Talking Heads, Earl Gardner, trumpet of the Saturday Night Live band, and Davide Rossi, electric violinists for Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. There are many known people behind the scenes, as well, such as Dave O’Donnell, who has previously produced for Eric Clapton, John Mayer, James Taylor, and Ray Charles, and Niko Bolas, producer for KISS and Neil Young. With all of these notable names behind it, Goren’s EP should be a treat.

The album kicks it off with a fun start. Those Days shows gospel, classic rock, and theatrical influence and feels like the upbeat opening number to a modern musical about wanting a change in society. That is followed by a cover of the famous track Light My Fire by the Doors, accompanied by former Door’s guitarist Robby Krieger, and brings an element of jazz to this classic tune. Down & Out is a great display of the young musicians vocal range. Finally, Song For Me shows off the impressive guitar talents that Goren possess, and continues with the mixture of soulful sound and classic rock with this self-inpowering anthem. The EP ends on a smooth jazz note with a breakup tune, It’s On You. Overall, I’d say that this album leaves a lot to be desired in the lyrical department, especially for a child that has been praised for his lyrical capabilities. The words are, for the most part, cliche and immature. But, I would say that Ray Goren has a lot of potential. His musical capabilities far surpass most people his age, and at the ripe age of 15, he has a lot of time to grow lyrically. Goren is definitely a boy that we should keep our eye out for, but he isn’t quite there yet. 3/5