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15-year-old musician wows SCC students

Ray Goren singing and playing guitar during his concert October 20. (Photos by Jason Schulte) 1 / 3
Goren signing pictures of himself for some new fans -- SCC students. 2 / 3
One of the many selfies Goren took with SCC students. 3 / 3

Ray Goren’s interest in music started at the age of three when living in a tiny apartment in New York City, he picked up a toy keyboard.

His parents wanted to get rid of it, but Ray convinced them otherwise.

The interest in music then started to blossom.

“I discovered Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the ABC song had the same melody,” he said.

Two years later, he heard Jazz on the radio and fell in love with the style of music.

The love of music grew even further when at age eight, he started playing guitar.

“I was searching for (jazz composer) J.J. Johnson and instead found B.B. King,” he said.

Since then, the-now 15-year-old has been writing his own music and performing live. One of his latest stops was at St. Croix Central High School on October 20.

The prodigy, who now calls Los Angeles, California home was making a tour of high school stops as additional visits include performances at Osseo, Eden Prairie and St. Paul Harding High Schools in Minnesota.

Goren played for around 40 minutes, with a mix of covers and his own music. He explained when writing his own songs, it can take five minutes like “Real Love” or three months like “Cash and Gold.”

“It’s all about how I feel,” he said.  

It didn’t take long for the Central crowd to get into it.

“Hearing the kids go crazy and them singing my songs is the best feeling ever,” Goren said.

Goren touts influences such as Stevie Wonder, The Weekend, Freddie King, James Taylor and John Mayer. He already has performed and worked with musicians such as Leon Russell, Robby Krieger, Buddy Guy, Eddie Kramer and Steve Jordan.

“I want to play music until I can’t do it anymore,” he said.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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