After settling down in Northern California, Ray played in some local bands and started collaborating with musicians such as Alex Dedal, Beth Iaea and Paul Sanders He has also performed with keyboardist Tony Windle and keyboardist Roger Smith, which is a member of the legendary Tower Of Power Band.
In 2008 Ray took the plunge and ventured out with his own smooth jazz group, The Ray Iaea Jazz Project, featuring Beth Iaea on keyboards! Ray and Beth's CD is a blend of contemporary smooth jazz and R&B featuring soulful saxophone, funky keyboards, tasty guitars and groovin' bass.
She is a member of the collegiate honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Past President of the international music fraternity of Sigma Alpha Iota-Delta Sigma Chapter, and was nominated by her colleagues for membership and international teaching in the U.S. delegation for Jazz Education in Australia. In High School she received the J.S.Bach, Sonatina, Sonata, and High School Diploma in Music awards from the American College of Musicians, and was chosen by national auditions to travel throughout Europe performing with the Jazz Abroad Program at the major Jazz festivals of Antibes France, North Sea Holland, and Montreux Switzerland. In college she received the University of Dayton Performing Arts Most Talented award and was awarded a full assistantship for Graduate Study at Wright State University.