Soul, R&B, Funk
From: Rio Vista, CA, United States

About Artist

Introducing Raymond Coats! Raymond, previously of the Coats Singers, originated in San Francisco, CA, in the backyard of his parents' (Curtis and Gradie Coats Sr.) home and singing in the church choir. His parents raised a Christian family of 17 children, all of whom have beautiful, refined voices. The group now consists of 3 generations of the Coats family, who spread the gospel through a cappella music and traditional spirituals: 'When Jesus Comes,' 'Home of the Soul,' 'That Rock Still Stands,' 'Oh Mary Don't You Weep,' 'Jesus Is A Balm,' 'Lonesome Valley,' 'On The Wings of A Dove,' 'Where Could I Go' and 'Acapella.' This deeply spiritual family sings together with soul and a joyful spirit Raymond went on to engage in a successful entertaining career. By performing for local churches in the San Francisco bay area shortly thereafter Raymond began to assert his own brand of audience interaction.. And while there are currently twelve active members who actively perform, Raymond still pursues a solo career. Raymond and the Coats Singers have performed for such dignitaries as the Honorable Willie Brown, Mayor of San Francisco, and Danny Glover, performer extraordinaire. Other performances include weddings, anniversaries, and gospel festivals, the Sacramento Black Expo Fair, Department of Motor Vehicles and Walden House, which is a nationwide recovery program. In October of 2001, Raymond took part in the Michael Jackson video "CRY". Most recently, August of 2003, Raymond performed in Japan for a delegation of the Sacramento/Japan Junior Chamber of Commerce. Included in all of this are Raymond’s performances as the front man for various bands among which were Raw Soul on the streets of Berkeley, The Elegants, The Performers, Cordial, Finesse’ and Soul Commitment. Currently Raymond is being produced by Tony Saunders and has, to his credits, a number of quite wonderfully produced singles, Special Love, Statute of a Fool, Every time She Cries, and It’s A Party Night, and is currently working on soon-to-be released CD on which Tony is the featured writer and producer. As a gospel artist Raymond has a CD production entitled "Our Father's Dream.” Raymond is currently available for live performances in areas throughout California and the Western States. If you are interested in receiving a demo recording or for more information regarding performances, promotions and placements, please contact Raymond @: 415-240-3200 raymondcoats24@yahoo.com www.cdbaby.com/cd/raymondcoats

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