WITH 40 years' experience as a musician, Byron Bay-based singer-songwriter Ray Sorenson has released his debut album Silent Writer.
A well-known musical force on the North Coast, Ray has spent most of his life writing and touring the region, but he never found the right time to dedicate to releasing an album of his own material.
Silent Writer was recorded with revered ARIA Award-winning producer Steve James (Thin Lizzy, The Screaming Jets, Mental As Anything, The McClymonts) at Rockinghorse Recording Studios in Federal.
The recording process, Sorensen said, was incredible, and to now have this album that is the culmination of 40 years work out in the open felt wonderful.
"It's a bit scary but wonderfully exciting," Sorensen said.
"I've got a very good team behind me, all well experienced in the industry."
"I've only got one chance at my age."
"It's tremendously exciting because I don't know where and how it's going to go - I've seen people go up and people go down."
"I'm prepared to ride it wherever it goes - we could fall flat on our noses or it could go up, (but) I got nothing else to do for the rest of my life."
He does hope to play the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Gympie Muster in the future and, beyond that, he'd love to play in Canada and the UK, he revealed.
The first single off Silent Writer, Blue Haze, has a deeply emotional story behind it.
"A friend's father passed away and it hit him pretty hard," Sorensen said.
"At 3am it kind of hit me and out came all this scribble on paper. By daybreak I had a song.
"He (his friend) was really appreciative when he heard about the inspiration for it."