Published on December 25th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Five Questions With rising Soca Princess Imani Ray


Imani Raychelle Victoria Patterson (@therealimanira) is a dedicated and passionate vocal artist, dancer, model, actress, and host. Queens, NY born, Imani Ray currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She comes from a legacy of Caribbean entertainers. Her great-grandfather, Stephen Solomon, was a renowned Trinidad & Tobago Calypso Artist. Imani is very proud of her Caribbean lineage and passionate about Soca music in particular.

Imani Ray is the consummate performer. Her high-energy performances have captivated crowds at a long list of exclusive performances, festivals and concerts. A favorite on the Caribbean music scene, Ray has appeared during the 2014 Atlanta Carnival, Caribbean Association of Georgia, 6th Annual Atlanta Caribbean Cultural Festival (performing for 3 consecutive years) and a host of others including Great Fete – “Soca Glow” (In Tobago) & PXP Fest (Created by Fully Focus & Hosted by Akon).

The Hype Magazine caught up with Imani Ray for a few quick questions about her upcoming EP and the music she loves.


Tell us about your upcoming project and current single!

I’m releasing a few singles while I work on my first EP, which I’m totally excited about. The most recent is BODY, a groovy Soca with a touch of Zouk, using a slower bpm that most of the Soca music heard today.

My next release will be So Free; it will be a part of the EP. This is a feel good song to help people feel good about life!

Do you feel your current project is the best introduction to you as an artist?

I do believe my current project is the best introduction of me as an Artist, because I bring a different vibe, which is always my goal. A good vibe of course.

What is the music landscape in your neck of the woods?

The music scene in Atlanta is huge. That is no secret. That is why I try to keep my island flavor to set myself apart from the music that you hear everyday, to help me stand out.

What’s on your horizon for 2017?

On the horizon for 2017, is the creation of more great music and building a bigger fan base. I just want to spread positive vibes as a recording artist and entertainer.

The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?

I worked on a record that I really liked, but the business side of it was kind of shaky. I told the Producer I didn’t like the first mix of the song and asked him to change a few things I felt would make the song better. His response was that the engineer didn’t want to change the mix because he liked it the way it was. He also stated that if I changed it, he didn’t want his name attached to the song. I’ve never in my life heard a producer say his engineer won’t change it. “Who works for who?,” is what I thought and I’m the artist. Like WTF!


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