Vilray (vill-ree) is a composer and performer raised in Brooklyn. He sings, whistles, and plays guitar in NYC and around the world.
Most recently, his work explores the depths of humor, heartache and romance expressed so naturally in the varieties of swing music played in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, both jazz and country.
With the 2017 release of three original singles, Vilray's unique take on the Tin Pan Alley style is gaining wider notice. These songs were entirely recorded live and lathe-cut to vinyl in real time--lending them a haunting warmth and authentic crackle.
His duo with Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive) is simply called Rachael & Vilray. Sharing a single vintage microphone, they turn rooms of all sizes into intimate parlor concerts with their close harmonies. They tour as often as their schedules allow and a full length album is in the works.