Dean's music a Ray of light
"I'VE been called mysterious, intense, confusing, crazy and captivating. But at the end of the day, I'm just a guy with a guitar and a story to tell. Live and love …"
Dean grew up in tiny Meandarra, Queensland, with his father Chris, a contract stockman, and mother Angie. Dean says he was born into music. While heavily pregnant with Dean, Angie was playing bass in rock bands. In fact his parents were musicians on the country-music circuit, which led to Dean travelling Australia with his parents and sleeping in guitar cases while they packed up their gear to travel to the next beer-soaked venue.
"Travelling with musicians you pick up a thing or two," Dean says.
At age six he was keen to learn the drums.
After only five lessons, he had it.
Then at 13, Dean learnt to play guitar, and that's also when he began to write songs. Dean and his brother, who played piano, were recruited into their parents' band Itchy Feet.
"That was the start. It just got better and better," Dean said.
Dean took to the road at 16 to follow his musical dream. "I left home young because I just felt that chapter was over and I wanted to see other things. I wanted to go broke, I wanted to sleep under bridges…"
During this time Dean travelled and did the hard yards, learning how to play in front of a crowds, and capture their attention.
Australian audiences became aware of Melbourne-based alternative rock/blues singer Dean Ray during auditions of X Factor Australia 2014. Ray had the crowd wildly cheering to his own rendition of Bette Davis Eyes. Australia fell in love with Dean who was runner-up in the grand final.
2014 was an exciting year for Dean and in 2015 he says: "Everything has just fallen into place."
With 50 gigs under his belt already this year, Dean has been headlining tours nationally since January.
It's only just the beginning…
Tonight at the Hoey Moey
Presale tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at hoeymoey.com.au.