Amelia Ray is a writer, composer, musician, arranger, producer and performance artist. As a polyglot, she has spent decades examining how similar concepts are expressed differently across languages and cultures. Interpretation is a running theme in her work, which includes several cross-genre albums and singles, performance art projects and, most recently, a one-act musical about cultural appropriation entitled, "The Five Impediments."
In 2020, Amelia Ray hosted The Quarantuned Music Festival – a series of 24-hour, worldwide, virtual music festivals to benefit artists affected by COVID-19 concert cancellations. She is currently organising Europe for Ukraine – an initiative to gather musicians from 50 European countries to record an original composition in support of Ukraine.
"If I had one song to recommend a listen to so far this year, this would be it."
-Andrew Zhang, Two Story Melody, 22 October 2020
"A Cruisible of Sorts with Amelia Ray"
And the Next Thing You Know... podcast interview, September 2020
"Konstnärerna Einat Amir och Amelia Ray bjöd in till ett interaktivt performance i gamla rådhuset. Baserat på klagomål de samlat ihop under en månad fick Ystadborna vara medskapande i ett musikaliskt verk."
“Klagosangen tog ton i radhuset,” Ystads Allehanda, 29 September 2018
“I'm guessing that within Amelia Ray as within Levon Helm there is a place invisible to the eye but eminently visible to the heart, and this place pulls you no less than any homeland might pull you. It is a place where you feel more fully alive than any other place.”
“Music as Spiritual Homeland: Amelia Ray and Levon Helm,” OpenHorizons.org, June 2018
"UP, UP & A RAY"
"Up, Up & A Ray" was a weekly, half-hour, livestreamed variety show created, hosted by and starring Amelia Ray. The show featured selections by Ray herself, performances by guest musicians, and the comedic genius of Lauren Flans.
THE QUARANTUNED MUSIC FESTIVAL
From March to May 2020, Amelia Ray hosted The Quarantuned Music Festival - a series of 24-hour, worldwide, virtual music festivals that featured 121 participants from 33 countries. Through viewer donations, the festivals raised over $3600 to benefit artists affected by COVID-19 concert cancellations. A portion of the proceeds was donated to GlobalGiving's Coronavirus Relief Fund.