PREMIERE: Steve Ray Ladson blends R&B and smooth hip-hop on single “Calling Your Name”

As we wrapped up another series of premieres, we are pleased to team up with Steve Ray Ladson premieres his new single “Calling Your Name,” a wonderfully catchy song that captures the 90s, especially the R&B sound of the decade, while maintining it a bit modern.

About the song, Ladson comments “This song is relating between R&B, and pop. This song was inspired and created down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama one evening after a recording session at a friends home around the table where writing sessions are a norm. I picked up the guitar and began to play and sing “I’ve had my share of loves ups and downs, I once was lost but now I’m found” I played the song and sang my lyrics then a good friend of mine, Noah Shell added to the selection with his touching second verse quoting “I used to lay awake and wonder, if I’d ever find another.” It’s about realizing that love is universal and is hard to find, especially when you’re a touring musician who spends most of the time on the road traveling.

I want people to hear my music and say, its authentic and that’s the way music should be. Remind them of how it used to be and the way it used to sound. Bring back what could feel and when love and music was real. That’s my goal to bring back the real feel.”

Steve Ray Ladson was born and raised in Hopkins, SC on October 9, 1989. Steve Ray is a producer, songwriter, arranger, and musician. His musical talents include the piano, Hammond organ, lead guitar, bass guitar, and recently began playing the harmonica. He has traveled the world and is currently touring with 5-time Grammy award winners and Grammy Lifetime Achievement award winners The Blind Boys Of Alabama. He also plays bass guitar with Grammy nominee Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Steve Ray received a position with the Blind Boys through their musical director Joey Williams. Since then, he has made appearances on the Don Imus TV show, CTV, BET Canadian TV, AudioTree TV, and many more.

When not touring or on the road, he dedicates most of his time to the studio and is producing records for many different artists. He quickly received a nickname from the west coast, “Youngsta,” being that he was the youngest to travel in the crews with veteran stars and artists. Although his roots are quartet gospel, he has set himself to be well-rounded in all genres of music including blues, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, country, and bluegrass. He attended college for a short amount of time but he dropped out to pursue his musical career in 2009. He first began singing and playing in 1996 forming a quartet gospel group with his brother and cousins. They have performed along with gospel greats such as the Joe Ligon and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, The Swannee Quintet, The Canton Spirituals, Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s, Rance Allen, Tamela Mann, Tye Tribett and many more. He was brought up in a Christian home and played in church where his father pastored and his grandfather co-pastored. Although he is a “youngsta” he’s steadily traveling and working hard to do what he has set out to do which is, “bring back the funk.”

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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