Is known as the Dolphin who swims among sharks
He states with a grin "God sings the songs, I just write them down".
Raymond Fry in studio with artist Joshua Hayes
Ray began his career in 1964 at the tender age of 15.
He gigged with a number of bands around the London, Brighton, Kent and UK scene. He would often throw in a line or two when they were writing songs although he didn't take lyric writing very seriously at the time. This was a very exciting period for music with bands like The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Beatles, `The animals`, Georgie Fame, Lulu, Manfred Man, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, The Trogs, Chris Farlowe, and a host of others. In the mid sixties it was common to see musicians playing small bars or basements that had been converted into clubs. Ray also gigged the occasional theatre and dance hall.
It wasn't until the 1970s when he began to take his writing more seriously. He began to sell his lyrics from his back catalogue whilst also crafting new ones for the artists and bands that he had worked with and befriended over the years, and it wasn't long before he was making a very modest income from it. He worked a part time day job as an insurance clerk at that time in order to subsidise the bills. He continued to gig occasionally but knew that his true calling was writing and crafting lyrics.
In 1979, he began to write with a male artist/band that eventually got signed in 1980 to a sub major record label. Due to his work with the artist, Ray was subsequently contracted to the label in 1981 as a ghost-writer under a non-disclosure agreement to write, re-write or polish lyrics for their artists . Ray wrote in a number of music genres including ballads, pop, rock, and jazz. Ray did not renew his contract for a forth three year term when it ran out in 1990 and the label was taken over by a major record label.
He then partnered up with composer/maestro/producer Farnoosh Behzad at Sun Studio's as "Thirdeye music productions" developing new artists and writing and recording original songs for them.
Several years later, the opportunity arose to re-locate “Thirdeye music productions” to “Stepping stone studio's” a large studio complex in Willesden north west London. Ray re-designed and refurbished the main studio `A` and also installed a pre-production suite. `Third eye` and `Stepping Stone`entered into a joint venture where we facilitated, recorded, produced, co-wrote, and developed artists & bands. Stepping Stone Clients included: Natalie Imbruglia, Limahl,Future sound of London, Hue Cornwall (Stranglers), Millennium Girls, Hotai, Michele Chiavarini, and others. During this time as a freelance lyricist, he co-wrote 22 songs for the jazz musical `Right hear right now` which showcased at the Edmund Keen Theatre in London.
Whilst located at Stepping Stone,Third Eye Music composed and produced the music for the urban musical "Inner City Jam" which showcased at the Cockpit theatre staring (soul to soul artist "Juliet Roberts". Also the Rn'B musical "White folks" - a Musical Fable" which showcased at the `Cochran theatre` staring `Sinitta` before going on to run at the `Nottingham Playhouse Leeds. Thirdeye, also wrote arranged and produced songs for the pop group 'The Honeyz', and solo artists `Kele Le Roc', 'Lemar' and 'Kelle Bryan', previously from the pop group Eternal
Ray took early retirement from the music industry in 2000. In 2001 the Stepping Stone Studio complex's new owners renamed it "Resident studio's" which is still in operation today and is renowned for having one of the best sounding live rooms in London.
Ray picked up the pen again in mid 2011, re-kindling his relationship with his original manager who eventually retired in 2012. He set up an international song-writing and production team which are co-writing songs for and with our artists in various genres of music. We are also writing for film, television, theatre, and placement with established artists.
In March 2015 Ray became a director of Oracle Records Ltd but found that his daily duties at Midas King Productions left him little time to craft lyrics so resigned his position in July 2016. He is now happily doing what he loves best.
Ray has co-written a number of singles and and also EP for artist `Sheaam Dean` . The EP was released on 1st October 2016 by Oracle records. He and members of his team have also co-written an album for American artist `Amaryllis Santiago` due to be released in October 2017. Ray also co-wrote an EP which was released in March 2017 for the American smooth Jazz R'nB artist Steve Jai Johnson and others.
Honourable mention (song of the year)
Raymond Fry's country song "Don't take too long", received an honorable mention in the song of the year contest along with his co-Lyricist Stephen Manning, composer Carl Lidberg, and Producer George (Egor) Shashin. Vocals were sung by Swedish artist Ulrika Olund.
"Beautiful" written by Raymond Fry, Andy Gatford & Thomas Bacon for Artist `Sheaam Dean`.
Ray is always open to co-writing with new composers, Artists & producers from any country in the world. If you believe that you can write great melodies and have your own studio but struggle with crafting lyrics, I can make them shine. Click on the red button at the top of page and I will get back to you within 48 hours
Platinum and GMA award winning producers
Michele Garruti (Left) Giampaolo Pasquile (Center)
Lyricist Raymond Fry (Right)
On a night out in Camden Town, London
Giampaolo Pasquile - Composer/Producer (Platinum & GMA Award Winner) - Musician presso Play Records
Ray is a wizard with a pen and also a very professional manager. I am currently working with him and his team on projects for three of his artists and have also co-written and co-produced with him. It's been a real pleasure to combine my melodies, arrangements, and productions with his beautiful lyrics. I can recommend Ray to singers and composers who are looking for a professional who can guide them in their professional growth.
Niki Clarke - Record Label Owner/Music Producer/Music Artist
Raymond Fry was a co-director in Third Eye Music Productions and also Stepping Stone Studios. Ray was always a very focused and down to earth director within our business partnership. He has a lot of drive, is very committed and also a good guy to get on with. On the creative side he is a very passionate and gifted lyricist that injects an incredible amount of insight and meaning into his lyrics in a very relatable and commercial way.
I cannot recommend Raymond more highly for any future projects and endeavours that he may get involved with. A real pleasure to work with.
Pete Maher - Owner, Pete Maher Mastering
Raymond is a fantastic songwriter and musician. I had the pleasure of mastering one of his songs and found him to be dedicated and hard working. He certainly knows where to place the hooks.. Great working with you Raymond, keep up the great work
Richard Stephens - Songwriter/Producer/Engineer
(Recommendation as founder of `Midas King productions`)
Ray is a very talented songwriter and musician who has an incredible ear for melody and also as a lyricist. He has formed a business of top notch artists and writers and has given me and incredible opportunity to work with him and his team. He is very informative and communicative in all of our collaborations going above and beyond to complete our projects until they are perfect. Ray also goes above and beyond songwriting and melody. He wears many hats working on marketing and artist management handling the business end as well. Ray has a true passion for the music industry in all aspects and the time and effort he puts into projects is incredible. I look forward to continue working with him.
Richard Stephens Songwriter/Producer/Engineer (Recommendation as Director of `Oracle records`)
Raymond Fry is an exceptional Lyricist who has a great ear for melody and arrangement. He wears many hats and is extremely knowledgeable about the entire Music Industry. Raymond is also a good communicator who makes sure his entire team is in the know at ever move and direction. He never gives up and always pushes hard to get any task done correctly, professionally and with high dignity. He is very well respected among his peers and I highly recommend him as as Managing Director at Oracle Records Ltd
Amaryllis Santiago - Artist and Independent Music Professional
I am writing this recommendation for Ray after collaborating with him for almost a year. Throughout the year, we have had many conversations on the music industry, styles, genres, and staying true to oneself's vocation, passion, and instinct. Ray has an outstanding ability to pen lyrics based on first giving the credit to our Creator God and then for the person he is writing the song for. He always asks if the lyrics are suitable or if the lyrics have touched the artist. He doesn't just write for the sake of writing. He writes for the sake of creating timeless lyrics to music that lasts and touches those that hear it. I can attest to his utmost professionalism, tireless dedication, truth, and the ability to work in unison with people from all demographics without being judgemental. I am honoured to be collaborating with Ray and his team who have become part of my musical journey.
George Shashin - Composer/Producer
I have co-written several songs with Ray over the past two months and found him to be an extremely creative and versatile lyricist. He has an inbuilt sense of rhyme and metre and his subject matter is extensive. He has been very helpful in procuring the right vocalists for different song genre's, and has freely introduced several of his contacts who have proven useful to me. He possesses a keen eye for an opportunity and is currently pitching a composition of mine for advertisement. Ray is an all round nice guy and I hope my working relationship with him continues long into the future. Raymond is the best lyricist
Marina Makarova - Composer/Producer
Raymond is a creative and gifted lyricist who pays much attention to detail. He injects 100% effort in skilfully crafting his songs and is great to work with. A+ rating for Raymond.
Dave Haertel - I have known and worked internationally with Ray for a few years now and although I have not met him in person. I have found him to be very consistent in our relationship. He always pays attention to detail concerning his lyric crafting and stays on point with all projects from beginning to completion. Ray in all honesty is the fairest man I have dealt with in the music industry. He is a great mentor, has a great sense of humour and I now consider him to be a good friend. Ray was instrumental in me procuring a record deal, and I consider it a privilege to be a member of his team at Midas King Productions.
Gian Marco La Serra - Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Transcriber
I've had the pleasure to compose a melody for a song written by Raymond Fry, and now we're working on another project. He's a very professional, meticulous and inspired songwriter, which loves nice music and is available to discuss and collaborate with other artists. I'm really glad to have known him.
Enrico Giuliani Audio Engineer at Samurai Sound
Raymond is a very unique lyricist. He is incredibly passionate about music and puts all of his energy into his job. I have engineered for Ray and his artist on several occasions, and collaborated with him in procuring vocal recordings from the artist that he was working with at the time. I am pleased that I was given the chance to see how he operates and I was impressed by his dedication to detail when directing how the lyric should be sung to the melodies. It was refreshing that he remained open minded to my suggestions and allowed me to express them freely to the artist. Certainly one of the few I've worked with that does his job with patience, great passion, and good manners. He has years of experience in the music industry and I would recommend his work to anyone. I look forward to working with him again in the near future
Rudolf Jerome Ragay - General Manager of Internet Secrets Made Easy Pty. Ltd. in Australia
I found Raymond to be a gifted and creative lyricist who's work on an emotional level digs deeper than many other writers. He has been a great mentor for me in the music industry. Great to work with you Ray!
Lorenzo G Lotito - Professional Journalist presso Retesole
I met Ray in a Linkedin forum and in a few days we started collaborating on a pop music project. I really believe Ray has great imagination and accuracy, two essential qualities for a professional lyricist as he is. Moreover I appreciate his honesty and pleasantness. All his capacities are even more important when working remotely as Ray does with me and other music professionals all over the world.
Steve Johnson - Songwriter/Artist
I am a BMI affiliated songwriter I have only known and worked with Ray for a short time collaborating on songs and song ideas. He is an excellent lyricist and has a keen musical intuition. He is great to work with from a collaboration standpoint. I highly recommend Ray he is an excellent songwriting partner and is truly knowledgeable in regards to the music industry.
Carroll Kiphen - Lyricist at Self- employed
Over the past year Ray Fry has given me invaluable advice in the art of creating lyrics and crafting songs. I have sought out his wisdom in music related business matters and followed his guidance to avoid making mistakes. Ray is talented , knowledgeable and sincere in his intentions and I consider myself lucky to know him and learn from him. With sincere appreciation.