The songs are all wisely written and well-crafted both vocally and instrumentally.
Raymond Coats Sr is a seasoned, versatile entertainer with over 25 years of experience in the music and performance arena. His repertoire runs the gamut from his original hits to R&B, Motown, Jazz, Blues and Standards. Raymond has performed in numerous venues including weddings, festivals, county fairs, parties and has been the featured performer on many other shows and at different venues. Inspired by and comparable to David Ruffin, Teddy Pendergrass, Otis Redding and the widely known Bobby Womack, Raymond Coats, Sr. is a singer/songwriter who combines old-school soul and authentic sounds with his soulful voice. “Simply Raymond”, his 10-track album, was produced by Tony Saunders son of the late, great Merl Saunders.
This release by master talent Raymond Coats Sr, is a solid reassurance to all that there is hope for Love, Peace, Joy, Harmony and all other positive expressions of humanity. The songs are all wisely written and well-crafted both vocally and instrumentally. “Simply Raymond” will soothe the most scarred soul and will surely provide a lifetime of listening enjoyment.
Raymond has got to be one of the smoothest bruthas in the R&B game! His songs are full of passion and meaningful words. Each song will captivate you and make you want to hear more. He takes simple melodies and allows his voice to flow along with the music, making it silky smooth then he just soars over the chord progressions and rhythms to totally uplift your soul.
Raymond Coats Sr does not belong to the new breed of RnB artists, such as Usher, Miguel or Trey Songs. No sir, he belongs that noble group of legendary artists who sang real Rhythm & Blues, which is a totally different ball game. Between the lines, their music communicated something spiritual which just washed over you. Raymond Coats Sr maintains that same ability.
I have a penchant for the throaty, mellow tones of some of the older R&B artists, and Raymond Coats Sr’s sound is reminiscent of finely aged bourbon -soothing, sensual, and incredibly smooth. His ballads are just that – aching love songs, not an artist attempting to hold the note until you start looking for a truss. The one song in this collection that made me an instant Raymond Coats Sr fan is “Nobody Better”; a little faster paced than some of his other hypnotizing tracks on this album, but one that will reach down in the pit of your stomach and make you feel that funky desire!
Whether a funky upbeat tune or a love ballad, Coats Sr can carry you away into the night. He will take you through “Simply Raymond” on a cloud of love inspired songs and make you want to get with your partner and curl up for the duration. The tone and range of his voice on songs like, “Stay In My Heart”, Statue Of A Man”, right up until “Make Your Play” will keep you engaged all the way through.
Quite frankly, there is hardly a song by Raymond Coats Sr on “Simply Raymond” that does not meet the 5 star rating.