The Ray Mann Three fuse D'Angelo's sex appeal with the grit of Tom Waits" – Sydney Morning Herald
From years of playing around Sydney's intimate late-night hideouts was born Ray Mann's 2008 debut album "The Ray Mann Three". The soul- and hip-hop-inspired record, characterised by sparse organic rhythms and intimate vocals, earned Ray and his band invitations to support such artists as Al Green, Tori Amos, Jamie Lidell, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Roy Ayers. The album's release in Japan saw The Ray Mann Three debut to 3,000 fans who knew all the words - in English.
Over 2011-2012, Ray relocated to Berlin and launched an innovative online series titled The "Sketches" Project. As part of the project, Ray released new music and self-made, no-budget music videos, with audience collaboration, culminating in the release of his sophomore album, "Sketches". The experimental creative process has resulted in a broader musical palette, with Ray's soulful vocals featured over a mixture of laid-back serenades and more rocking singalongs, combining live instrumentation and electronic sounds with Ray's trademark low-fi aesthetic.
“The Ray Mann Three have the ability to propel you into a higher sphere allowing your soul and intellect to waltz into the lofty clouds of the unique” – Drum Media
“Classic soul music with a modern twist… The musical atmosphere’s right for a band like this to break into the bigtime” – The Brag
“Unbelievably good debut album… these guys are the next big thing” - MTV Australia
“This is audio sex.” - Triple J
Feature Album – PBS Radio (Melbourne)
Feature Album – RRR Radio (Melbourne)
Indie Album of the Week – The Brag (Sydney)