a. ray fuller
contemporary JAZZ / R&B guitarist, composer
You’ve heard A. Ray's guitar alongside Whitney Houston, Earth Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Daryl Hall, Boney James, Quincy Jones, George Duke, Branford Marsalis and more. The veteran guitarist & musical director honed his craft in decades of service with the world's top artists and producers and was initially taught guitar at age seven, by older musicians in a jazz/rock band in his high-rise building on Chicago's tough South Side.
After touring South Africa in 1981 and witnessing the oppression of Apartheid, he relocated to California. Ironically, 10 years later he performed at the freedom celebration of Nelson Mandela in 1991 in front of 150,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, with George Duke, Natalie Cole and Anita Baker.
In 2003, after completing 25 years in the business with a staggering 500+ recordings and touring as guitarist and director with many of music’s biggest artists at the peak of their careers, A. Ray realized his own true creative story had not been told and was inspired to produce his first CD "The WEEPER" (a nickname given by the late George Duke) and to his credit, the self-produced CD was independently released on his own Aray Artist label in 2004 and received worldwide critical acclaim and international distribution.
With a professional career now spanning hundreds of commercial recording projects, A. Ray Fuller, affectionately known as the ‘Weeper’, is firmly established as a world-class guitarist and artist and also an outspoken advocate for struggling artists, at-risk youths and family programs.