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Ray Thompson Finds Focus Through Honest Management Sessions

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Following years with no real direction, Artist Development has helped to focus Ray Thompson’s efforts and pursue his passion for music.

Ray Thompson joined Music Gateway’s Artist Development roster in October 2022 to identify the key areas to focus his efforts. Fast forward three sessions and Ray understands the value of networking – and how to do it – better than ever.

Ray Thompson, aged 54, is a singer-songwriter from Northamptonshire in the UK. He tells us, “I was definitely driving on a full tank of gas with no real direction until I stumbled across Music Gateway.”

Following a friendly consultation with our A&R team, it became clear to Ray that he needed to invest in professional advice to understand what areas he could improve in. Ray Thompson signed up for a 3-month package working with our Artist Manager Ryan G. Finding common ground and discussing their life experiences, Ryan gave Ray Thompson honest and beneficial advice on his music and branding. Ray says, “This creates an environment of trust and respect”.

Ray Thompson has worked extensively to connect, network and refine his brand to match his music. This included dropping his middle name and developing a brand-new website. He also found value in Music Gateway’s webinar series covering topics on promotion and running a business. “I have started to realise the benefits of the Music Gateway team and what its community has to offer”.

Speaking about his choice to start Artist Development, “Sometimes you are left wondering if you will ever get the chance to be who you want to be, do what you want to do. Eventually, the hunger and thirst for what you really want becomes unbearable, you have to be who you are meant to be, do what you are meant to do and live life with no regrets”.


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