Raya Dize is a pop singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums,violin,celtic harp, keyboard), dancer, actress and a classical pianist.
Raya grew up in a multicultural family of both Canadian and Russian heritage. Born in Germany, Raya has moved to a variety of places around the world. She said that never staying in the same place for long has given her the ability to easily adapt to different cultures and people.
Raya started listening to and playing classical music at the age of 3. A teacher noticed her gift and told her parents to cultivate this talent. So, they enrolled her in a classical music school in Russia. There, she studied 6 to 7 hours a day to become a classical pianist. She explained, “Music never let me down and I devoted my life to it in gratitude. I honestly believe that classical music is a journey that will provide a lifetime of both listening and educational pleasure.”
Later, she studied dance and began to create her own music in which to express her ideas and feelings. Eventually, she enrolled in the biggest theatrical university in Europe, GITIS. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, Raya came to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams! She said, “There are so many talented and gifted people here and it makes me work even harder. Every morning I wake up and ‘run towards my dreams.’”
Raya writes music, plays instruments such as piano/keyboard/drums/guitar/violin, dances for another artists and pursues her acting aspirations as well.
Above all, Raya believes that love, compassion, and kindness are the real reasons why we are all here and if you loose sight of this, you have failed in life. She believes in going towards your dreams, staying loyal to them, and always showing kindness to others.
“Life is a miracle and all of us are a part of it. You never know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So, believing in yourself is the way to show respect to something up there that has given us a chance to enjoy our lives.”