CO-WRITING

Lauren Ray

‘Fellow artist, writer and producer Noraay is hands down one of my favourite writers to work with. She has a unique instinct for melody and phrasings and puts so much thought into every single lyric that not only does she create incredible music as an artist in her own right; as a result of working with Noraay I have written and released some of my favourite songs. If I am working towards a new musical project I always turn to Noraay when I want to tackle a tough subject matter because with her help I am able to write songs with real emotional depth whilst remaining digestible to a commercial audience.’

Lauren has performed our songs across Europe while touring with acts such Lucy Spraggan, Rebecca Ferguson, Anastacia, Paul Carrack (at the London Palladium) and Marti Pellow.  She has recorded them with Nashville producer Neilson Hubbard (Matthew Perryman Jones, Orphan Brigade), German hit producer Mark Smith (Johannes Oerding), and British producer Julian Emery (Lissie, Nothing But Thieves).  The songs we have written together have featured in The Telegraph, on multiple BBC radio stations, and most recently during the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final and also during Eastenders (BBC1).

James Christie

‘I have worked with Noraay for about 6 years now and there’s a reason for the longevity of our writing partnership: I really enjoy working with Noraay!  It’s always a calm and comfortable experience and I find it easy and open when expressing thoughts and ideas – all things I think are extremely valuable during a co-write.  As someone who writes mainly acoustic singer-songwriter-style music, I found it interesting and fun to work with Noraay; she has more of an urban influence to her music (relative to me, at least) and her melody is influenced, and in my opinion, greatly benefitted, by her Moroccan heritage, which gives things a fresh vibe.  The output of all of this? A great friendship, awesome writing sessions and some of the best songs I’ve been involved with.’

New music from James Christie and Noraay coming soon.