5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –
Ray Hodge is a powerful indie soul-pop artist, hailing from Jamaica, who is thrilled to announce the release of his debut EP Braveheart, set for October 28, 2016. Braveheart is a 6-song collection of songs meant to move and inspire, highlighted by Hodge’s strong and dynamic vocal range.
SD: Tell us about your musical background?
RH: I am a self-taught musician. I always had an ear for music. I can pick up an instrument and play the sound that I hear.
SD: What is the meaning behind the album title “Braveheart?”
RH: At first, I wasn’t going to name it “Braveheart.” As I was writing the chorus for the song, I was having a bit of writers block. I turned on my television and there was an all-day “Braveheart” marathon on. It was during the speech that Mel Gibson gives and the chorus came to me. “Braveheart” for me is about conquering my fears and overcoming things in my life.
SD: Each song has a definite positive message. Where do these lyrics come from?
RH: Believe it or not, I would create the sound first and then write the lyrics. I would hear what the music was saying to me and then write it down. I would use either a memory or a thought to start with.
SD: Who are some of your musical influences you look to, or had in mind while creating this album?
RH: So many! I could list hundreds. I love everyone from Sia to Judy Garland. For me, the process of writing is a powerful tool. I would write until I captured the message I was trying to deliver.
SD: What’s your greatest wish for the new album?
RH: I want the listener to become empowered by my music. There was a time when I felt alone and I don’t want anyone to feel that way. The world is full of negative feelings and music has always lifted me up when I was feeling down. There were many times in my life that I needed someone to tell me that it is going to be ok and I hope that after listening to this record people will know that it is going to be ok.