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Christopher Wray is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter that has uniquely blended Jazz with a dash of urban soul, creating a sound that is melodically hypnotic. His demographic is far reaching. From black to white and old to young, music fans are embracing Christopher’s musical creations. Wray states, “By studying artists like Miles Davis, A Tribe Called Quest, and other artists that I feel were ahead of their time, I’ve been inspired to create my own music that touches on something old and new… a kind of vintage freshness if you will.” His musical vision has moved him from Oklahoma to Los Angeles where he currently resides.

“My father taught me very young in life that who I surround myself with would be one of the most important ongoing decisions I would make for the rest of my life. That’s why I wanted Chris Bell to be a part of my debut album, “The Way Up”.” Bell is a Grammy nominated engineer who has worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin, The Roots, Destiny’s Child and many other successful recording artists.

Christopher’s debut album, “The Way Up”, caught the ear of The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame CEO Chuck Cissel. In June 2006 The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame honored the Christopher Wray Quartet by presenting them with the “Legacy Tribute Award”, a prestigious award that pays tribute to an up and coming outstanding jazz artist(s). Past recipients include Wayman Tisdale, Grady Nichols, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Eldredge Jackson. “I have a deep conviction that when music is approached with passion and honesty, people will respond. I have been incredibly blessed to work with such amazing people and to have the opportunities I have had thus far. I look forward to what the future has in store for me and my music.” Christopher is currently writing and recording for other artists as well as his new album that is due in 2009.

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