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NORMA RAY

Norma is a passionate and eclectic artist, singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer and actress.

She studied languages and speaks French, English, Italian & Spanish, but during her adolescence, the arts got the upper hand, and to enhance her talent for music, singing and writing and to go further in her artistic expression, she will set new challenges for herself, by developing her dancing and acting abilities.

She then made a decisive encounter with the late fascinating Hispano-American professor and choreographer Gérard Wilson, who became her mentor and accompanied Norma in her artistic development.

Following the advice of her mentor, Norma studied with the best teachers and choreographers such as Rick Odums, Corine Lanselle, Jaime Rogers, who played in the West Side Story original movie, and was known for his work alongside Debbie Allen in the Original series Fame. In 1987, she will reach a professional level that will allow her to dance in Prince's video clip, You Got The Look.

She continued her training by taking theater lessons with John Strasberg and will get one of the main roles as a guest in an episode of the series Les Compagnons de L'Aventure (a Franco-Canadian co-production IMA, broadcast on TF1), and wrote the main song.

Always driven by her desire to explore different forms of artistic expression, Norma records the voice overs for numerous commercials, for top brands such as Coca Cola, Studioline de l’Oreal, Helenna Rubinstein, Opel Vectra, Reebock, Vittel, Chambourcy, Quality Street, Rank Xerox, Levis, E Class Mercedes, Roland Garros, Giorgio Armani, Barbie, Hollywood Chewing Gum.

Between 1991 and 1994, she made many interesting contacts, leading to her providing backing for recordings by Johnny Hallyday, David Hasselhoff and other big artists. She became one of France’s premier session singers, and since 1994 until today, Norma is regularly selected by Walt Disney Pictures to sing the French adaptations for several feature-length movies and Tv shows such as, Lion King 1 and 2, Sister Act 1 and 2, Brother of Bears 1 and 2, Kuzco 2, Polly, Sesame Street, Muppet Show, The Princess and the Frog, Hercules, Rio 1 and 2 etc ... She also sung the French adaptation of Elton John’s song Can You Feel The Love Tonight, “Colors of The Wind”.

In 1999, with Jean Fredenucci, artistic director at Barclay and Universal, composer for artists such as Claude François, Brigitte Bardot, she co-wrote the title Tous Les Maux D’Amour, All The Pains Of Love. The song quickly became a success. It ranks among the top 10 best sellers and one of the year’s strongest radio broadcasts in Switzerland, Belgium, France and Canada. It was later released in English by the band SClub7, under the adapted title Natural, and became an international hit, Top 3 in the charts in the UK (UK), which makes Norma one of the few artists in France whose creations have been covered by international acts.

Between 2004 and 2011, she formed the Dance-Electro Angelux music duo with New York based Writer/Producer multi-instrumentalist Thomas Foyer. Several of their titles have been placed on compilations to international distributions, and also feature in the soundtrack of several American series and films such as All My Children (ABC), Walking Dreams, Killer Hair (HBO), The Women), With Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Jadah Pickett Smith.

Currently, while preparing her next album, Norma is also working on new projects, including writing a story and creating original music for a musical tale. She also writes music for different dance companies, such as Corpo M'Co, and for this project, together with the choreographer Magali Vérin, she has been creating a short film.

Continuing her desire to compose and produce songs for various artists, she also develops new international collaborations and collaborates with Don Welch, legendary DJ New York (Including Grace Jones, Jocelyn Brown, Martha Walsh, Kathy Sledge, Freddie Jackson, Fela Kuti, Tito Puente, Chaka khan, Barbara Tucker, Georges Benson, Ultra Nate and many others)
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