Indo-Canadian Singer/Composer/Lyricist Raj Ramayya is a consistently strong force on the international music scene. With studios in Saskatoon, San Francisco, and Tokyo, Raj has featured as a guest singer/composer with several distinguished artists ranging from Yoko Kanno (Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Wolfs Rain), Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO), songwriting guru Ron Sexsmith and a host of others he has produced and collaborated on over 14 albums.
Ramayya`s film scoring projects have won him a SIMPIA Motion Picture Award ("Best Canadian Soundtrack") featuring his Electronic/Indian/Fusion music project entitled "Bhang Lassi". Bhang Lassi’s music was also featured on the multiple Gemini award winning docudrama "Cosmic Current”, and was released on Dynastic records Japan with an upcoming release on major Japanese label Victor Entertainment. Music from the new Bhang Lassi CD was also featured on the soundtrack to the recently released CBC docudrama "Mad Cow, Sacred Cow". The program, which was the 3rd highest rated docudrama in the history of the CBC also screened at film festivals worldwide including the Mumbai Film Festival 2010 and was the recipient of several Canadian film awards.
With over 250 television commercial writing, co-writing and singing credits to his name, Ramayya is instantly recognizable in Japan as the composer/voice for several well known products ranging from Asahi beer and KFC to Volvic, Toyota and Coca Cola. Ramayya is also well-known for his involvement with game projects such as Konami`s hit series “Rythmania”, Sega’s "Racer", Capcom’s "Biohazard", MTV Japan’s mega hit animation series, "The World Of Golden Eggs", Victor Entertainment’s "Gungrave", Anime cult movie, "Cowboy Bebop" and many more.
Ramayya`s personal musical projects such as the internationally acclaimed Indian influenced folk rock band, “The Beautiful Losers” have seen song placements on several MTV USA reality shows such as "Pimp My Ride” and “Two A Daze". In Japan, they have had song placements in the hit television series "Deep Love" and have opened for acts such as The Indigo Girls, Matt Nathanson and Coldplay.
Last year Ramayya co-composed for NHK`s hit children’s animated television series, "Little Charo". He also performed live for the Apple store Japan and did a nationwide concert series for Starbucks. Recent activities include arrangements and vocals for Disney Classic song mobile contents, including a remake of "Alice in Wonderland". Other recent collaborations include: DJ Yoichiro Itoh AKA “Akakage” for Universal Music as well as with Internationally renowned House Music artists, “Studio Apartment” who have remixed for the likes of “Black Eyed Peas”. Ramayya’s featured collaboration with Studio Apartment produced “Strawberry Rainbow”, a number 1 hit dance single on the iTunes charts in Japan.
Visit Raj's Vimeo Channel to watch video demo reels of his work.