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Steve McRay at B.B. Kings in L.A. 1997
Steve on the Hammond B3 at B.B. Kings in L.A. (w/Preston Smith, Rick Schlosser)


Steve McRay - Atlanta Musician, Keyboard player, Hammond B3 player, Vocalist, Composer, Songwriter 

... A preacher's son from Gainesville, Georgia, who sang all the Baptist hymns with great appreciation...traveling and recording with the "Rhodes Scholars", a high school & college band that recorded singles and backed up major R&B acts throughout the south. After a brief interruption with the U.S. Army, serving with a Military Intelligence Group in Southeast Asia....starting a long career of recording, touring, & songwriting...MCA & RCA Record releases with Atlanta band "Mose Jones"...produced by Al Kooper & Buddy Buie...late night jams with Atlanta's best musicians...

Studio One in Atlanta...this studio produced hits for ARS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alicia Bridges, Paul Davis, .38 Special, & many more ...producers & engineers such as Rodney Mills, Greg "Fern" Quesnel, Tad Bush, Brendon O'Brien, Steve Buckingham...Piedmont Park with Allman Brothers, Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom, Richards, The Great Southeast Music Hall, Carlos McGee's... eating at "Ma Hull's" house in Inman Park (every touring musician from Little Feat to James Taylor knew about that food)...

Touring and opening for artists Frank Zappa, Little Feat, the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Mothers Finest, Boz Scaggs, ARS, Kiss, Bad Company, Wet Willie, Charlie Daniels, Iggy Pop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rory Gallagher, Indigo Girls, Bon Jovi, Kiki Dee, Deon Warwick, Ted Nugent, Freddy King, and many others... 

 


 

Steve McRay-Atlanta Dogwood '98Some of the Artists & Musicians & Bands worked with include: Ronnie Millsap, Johnny Christopher, Peaches & Herb, The Drifters, Mel & Tim, Billy Joe Royal, Ian Whitcomb, Rufus Thomas, Jimmy Ruffin, The Rhodes Scholars, The Jesters band, Mose Jones, Randy Lewis, Jimmy O'Neill, Bryan Cole, Marvin Taylor, Chris Seymore, Al Kooper, Lowell George, IF, Dick Morrisey, Cliff Davies, Geoffrey Whitehorn, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf, 38 Special, Johnny Van Zant, Alicia Bridges, Crusados, Joan Baez, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Jackson Brown, Francine Reed, Ben E. King, the Shadows, Jimmy Dawkins, Trudy Lynn, Jerry McCain, Randall Bramblett, Davis Causey, T.K. Lively, Bob Babbitt, Rick Schlosser, Harry Dean Stanton, David Wingo, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery-Gentry, John Berry, Tracy Bird, Paul Barrere, Kenny Gradney, Paul Williams, Bertie Higgins, Steve Cropper, Java Monkey, Band X, Jeff Carlisi, Jack Blades, Chuck Leavell, Wally Palmar, Lou Gramm...

 


 

I co-wrote the Top 40 song "ALIEN", (with Buddy Buie and Randy Lewis) - the song was recorded by the ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION on their Quinella album. I also played keys and provided back-ground vocals along with Ronnie Hammond on the recording. (Quinella - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinella - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). "Alien" was re-recorded and released on their later CD entitled "Partly Plugged".

As a BMI songwriter and composer, I have been actively writing songs and composing music since my early teens. My songs have been recorded & performed by many including: "Mose Jones",  "IF",  "Atlanta Rhythm Section", "Java Monkey", the TV show "Just the 10 of Us", and European releases by a couple of German groups. My instrumental compositions used to be heard on "Delta Airlines" boarding music list. Now, Currently writing smooth jazz, contemporary jazz flavored R&B, and new age healing and relaxing music...these are projects that are forthcoming and to be released on my new independent record label Big Coffee Records!

 

Big Coffee Records

Big Coffee Records - Atlanta, Ga.

Created an Independent Record label "Big Coffee Records" - currently working to release 3 CDs - One - R&B with Contemporary Jazz. The Second - more New Age smooth jazz flavored music. The Third - Healing/Stress relaxing relief music.

 


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