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Press Release - Debo's Regent Theatre Residency



For Immediate Release:

Media Contact: Colette Greenstein |cgreenstein7@gmail.com | 617.216.0636

Arlington’s Historic Regent Theatre Announces Residency Partnership with Grammy-nominated Singer and Recording Artist DEBO RAY

Arlington, MA - The Regent Theatre has signed a partnership agreement with Grammy-nominated vocalist, Debo Ray, with five distinct concerts being staged throughout 2023. Showcasing her wide-ranging artistry and repertoire, the residency kicks off on Friday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. with an exclusive tribute to Stevie Wonder, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his landmark record Innervisions and his remarkable career.


Debo Ray has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages with a variety of artists including multiple Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington and her band, Social Science, and the world music group, Women of the World. Known for her unique versatility and captivating stage presence, Ray has performed and recorded in multiple genres—jazz, rock, R&B, hip hop, funk-metal—as well as in musical theatre and opera. She is also an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


“We are committed to supporting rising local artists, and excited about showcasing Debo Ray on our stage with her top-notch band starting this spring,” says Regent co-owner, Leland Stein. “The vibe and timing seem right for our musical partnership, and I have no doubt our audience will be immediately captivated by Debo’s talent and charm, enhanced by the Regent sound and visual experience.”


The Stevie Wonder tribute will feature beloved songs from Wonder’s music catalog including a complete performance of the groundbreaking album Innervisions. Subsequent shows in July, September, October, and December will feature Ms. Ray’s original songs together with a wide range of music including classic rock hits and holiday favorites arranged in her unique style.


“We really want to make each performance a 'show' in the fullest sense of the word,” says Debo Ray. “Along with the great music, we’ll be featuring dancers, lighting, and video to make things extra special. I’m very grateful for the opportunity provided by Leland and the Regent to perform on one of the area’s coolest stages. And I’m honored to be the first artist selected for their Partnership/Residency since 2005.”

The Regent Theatre “Arlington’s Show Place of Entertainment” since 1916 is located on 7 Medford Street in Arlington, Massachusetts—minutes from Cambridge and Boston. Through the decades, many luminaries have graced its stage, most recently Samara Joy, a 2023 Grammy Award winner for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album.

For tickets to “A Little Wonder” featuring Debo Ray & Her All-Star Band on Friday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m., call 781-646-4849 or visit https://regenttheatre.com/details/a_little_wonder.

For more on Debo and to stream her debut single, FILLY, and latest single, COPE go to https://www.iamdeboray.com/.


For more information on The Debo Ray Residency at the Regent, contact Leland Stein at lstein@regenttheatre.com.

For more information about Debo Ray, the artist, please contact Anna Goncalves – Anna@ProjectsbyAG.com



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