Vilray (vill-ree) is a working musician raised in Brooklyn who sings, whistles, and plays guitar in NYC and around the world. He performs solo and in collaboration including as part of a duo, Rachael & Vilray, with the legendary singer Rachael Price, frontwoman of Lake Street Dive, .
His work is most influenced by the varieties of swing music played in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, both jazz and country. He admires the warmth, rhythm and emotional range of this period's recordings. Vilray studied instrumental music at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan and jazz composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
In April 2016, a passing commuter filmed him and bassist Damon Hankoff performing in a Brooklyn subway station and today the video has been seen by over half a million people all over the world!
Vilray is a fully insured performer and would love to serenade your event! Get in touch to arrange a performance at your gathering.
With the release of his single 'She Calls Me MacLeish / Do Friends Fall in Love?', Vilray has begun to release his original Tin Pan Alley style songs. This music was recorded live and lathe-cut to vinyl in real time--lending a beautiful warmth and crackle to the sound.
Collaborative recording projects are in the works. Click the button below to learn how you can help bring those to life. Thanks for visiting!