Justin Ray

Adjunct Music Faculty

Contact Information

  • jray3@unca.edu

Justin Ray has been a professional musician for 25 years. Ray earned his degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, developing a reputation as a fiery and compelling soloist, comfortable in a wide variety of styles.  Relocating to Los Angeles, he quickly became one of the most in-demand musicians in the region, performing regularly with jazz legends like drummers Dave Weckl and Peter Erskine, vocalist Kurt Elling, pianists Bill Cunliffe and Alan Pasqua, among others.

In 2003, Ray accepted an offer from Warner Bros. recording artist Michael Bublé to join his group lending his musical talents to Bublé in a number of ways: as an instrumentalist, composer, and arranger.  He has toured 45 countries, has appeared on Grammy-winning recordings, and has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Madison Square Garden, the Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl.  Ray has also performed multiple times on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Saturday Night Live.


M.M.,  University of Southern California