Since 2012 Ray has re-launched himself musically and changed his professional career at a time in life when most people would be winding back.
He has written songs continually, recorded and released two mini albums, created the Book Of Shapes (BOS) project and is the Founder of Heartland Stories.
He has also become a grandfather twice over, has relocated back to Perth Western Australia and is planning to increase the frequency of his live performances.
Ray is also fiercely, passionate about Aboriginal Affairs and is a vocal supporter of Indigenous rights.
Trying to describe Ray's music is like describing a view to a blind man!
It is however, quite definitely Australian. His music oozes an emotion born of his country.
Folk imagery, reminiscent of the seventies, Indian Ocean Blues, and just a hint of melancholy Country. Don't get settled in just yet, there's plenty more twists and turns in this musical tapestry!
One thing that is consistent in Ray's music, is the sincerity. The West Aussie based, New Zealand born singer-songwriter clearly writes from personal experience and hard-learnt life lessons. There are political and social narrative woven through much of his work, along with abstract ideas that may leave you pondering.
His support for Indigenous recognition is obvious and his vocal ridicule of government policy on Indigenous matters give his music an edgy framework.
His writing style is eclectic, his lyrical approach far from mainstream, You get a sense that he's constantly searching for something new and previously unheard.
The songs have a calmness about them - a maturity perhaps.
Not surprisingly his musical influences are varied. He'd learnt guitar strumming Beatles and Shadows tunes back in the early seventies, before progressing to the harder rock bands of the time, including Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Later, his musical career would take him through a variety of different genres, including the blues. These days, his musical influences are more about lyrical content and emotion rather than flashy guitar work.
“There comes a time for some, when the desire to play other people’s music diminishes. For me it happened suddenly, for others I know it to be quite different. I suppose as musicians, we're bound to be different. Covering other people's music is like wearing somebody else’s underwear. It might appear to fit OK but it’s just not quite right!”