Dean Ray opens up about life, music and new tour
QUEENSLAND singer/songwriter Dean Ray will join the talented Karise Eden on stage at the Racehorse Hotel in Booval next month.
But he’s certainly not just a support act.
The duo will combine forces for the start and end of the show, before performing their own separate sets.
The tour is a new experience for the Chinchilla rocker who was introduced to the nation on the sixth season of The X Factor.
Ray was runner up on the show in 2014 and said his career and musical style had grown a lot since then.
“This is my first time doing something like this,” he said.
“I’m going to be a bit nervous for the first few shows but I think it’s going to be really good.”
Ray said his single, IOU, would make an appearance on the tour along with some previously unheard material.
He said the single had been well received by fans since its release last July.
“Definitely a lot of people have been listening to that (single),” Ray said.
“It’s nice having my own song get a reaction like that. When I start playing the intro and people get into it ... I think that is kind of special.”
The captivating performer said other new material would make up “a lot” of his set throughout the tour.
“This is pretty well the first run for four or five songs,” Ray said.
Ray said many of them had been a while in the making and he expected them to continue to evolve during the tour.
“A lot of the songs are going to evolve from some small idea in a hotel room,” he said.
Ray spent a few days last week rehearsing with Eden, as they will perform duets to bookend the show.
He said their unique musical styles worked well together on stage.
“It’s gelling quite well actually,” he said.
“I come from similar musical influences so that’s kind of lucky.”
Ray conceded he was “going to be tired” by the tour’s conclusion in August but said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“But it’s going to be awesome,” he said.
“It’s a very interesting thing to be a part of.”
Dean Ray and Karise Eden will perform the Rebellion Tour at the Racehorse Hotel on Sunday, July 10 from 6pm-11pm.
For more information about the free event, visit racehorsehotel.com.au.