What is The Lin and Ray Show?

The Lin and Ray Show is the subject of an up-coming short film. This "mockumentory", a la Spinal Tap or A Mighty Wind, is about two veteran performers who made names for themselves working the lounge circuit's in Las Vegas, Atlantic city and other major entertainment hubs.

The Premise

Over a period of a few years, Lin and Ray became somewhat of a legend with the "in-crowd" and purveyors of hip and cool. Living under the radar has presented the team with varied success, while providing some anonymity. Sharing the bill with iconic performers has established credence for the team while affording them control over their own destiny.

After numerous years of performing and touring, both home and abroad, Lin and Ray have recently changed directions. Now living in Texas, the two are seeking out local venues to continue the legacy, while taking more time to catch up on a life away from the lights and constant drone from the nearby slots.

"We haven't retired", Lin states "we've simply relocated for life-style purposes." Ray adds, "Vegas is changing at breakneck speed, not to mention that the old school lounge act has virtually disappeared. Now the lounges feature DJ's and laser shows. It's a real shame." Lin adds, "Absolutely, because there is still a market for that classic Vegas style act, unfortunately, you would be hard pressed to find it in Vegas".

The Show

The Lin and Ray Show consists of singing (think Liza and Frank), dancing (think Sammy Davis), multiple instrument features (think Wayne Newton), comedy impersonations and plenty of nostalgia. "It's a variety show", Lin adds, "something you see coming back". Ray quips, "Yes, and isn't it about time. It's all fun". Or should she say "Hip". After experiencing the show, one usually feels as though they have taken a trip to Cools-ville.

Lin's Biography

LinLin Stephenson is an entertainer whose career has taken him from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall as a percussion soloist with the NY Philharmonic to the lights of Las Vegas were he honed his skills as both instrumentalist and singer.

As an eleven-year-old student of Armand Santarelli in Philadelphia, PA, Lin decided immediately a career in music was what he aspired to. Upon moving to New York City at 15 he enrolled in The High School of Music and Art and began a life-long study with jazz and percussion educator Justin DiCioccio.

It was off to The Eastman School of Music for college where he studied percussion with John Beck. At Eastman, Lin recorded the Grammy Nominated CD "Carnival" with Wynton Marsalis. In addition to his orchestral studies, Lin was the drummer in the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, with whom he won best jazz soloist awards from Downbeat Magazine.

When he got back to NY he was prepared for "whatever." Be it performing with the Mark Morris Dance Company, recording CD’s with David Mann and Jeff Beal, playing Broadway shows or touring with rock artists Pierce Turner and Grayson Hugh, Lin got to work. His studies continued as well at Drummer's Collective with Kim Plainfield and Kenwood Dennard.

Next up were associations with producers Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards and Russ Titelman which led to album work with The Vaughan Brothers, Ric Ocasek, David Lee Roth, Lionel Richie, Adam Ant, Grayson Hugh as well as performances with Nile, Howard Hewitt, Miki Howard, Dianne Reeves, Nick Lowe and John Hiatt.

After a tour with the classic rock group Foreigner, Lin realized he’d been "dialing the 213 area code far too much and decided to check out Las Vegas." A year later he moved.

Throughout 2000 to 2003 Lin toured extensively with legendary pianist Joe Sample and recorded Joe's critically acclaimed solo effort "The Pecan Tree." He also toured with singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke and recorded her album "Steady Pull."

In Las Vegas, Lin performed with numerous stage productions, including the legendary Wayne Newton. He also continued to travel to LA for session work. Then came that chance meeting.

Lin explains, "I had just finished up with Wayne, at the Stardust, when the entertainment director mentioned to me his desire in having a traditional "Cabaret" style act for the lounge and wondered if I would be interested in putting something together. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity for a new challenge and began the audition process. It is then that I first met Ray, a singer/dancer, in the "Broadway" tradition, which I thought would be perfect. The rest is history".

Lin sites Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Louie Bellson, Tony Williams, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin among his main musical influences.

Ray's Biography

RayLaRay Ferrelli, was born to entertain. At age 5, Ray made her Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed production of Annie playing young Molly. She went on to star in 7 more Broadway productions including Tony award winning Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof starring Angela Landsbury, Anthony Hamilton's Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol, and was Cosette, in Les Miserables (receiving a performers kudo..... "Outstanding Performance".... from US Today. ) Having spent most of her childhood on stage Ray, now 16, decided to pack her bags and move from NYC to Los Angeles to pursue television.

Ray went on to star in 13 national commercials and made guest appearances on many hits including Days of our lives, The Nanny, Saved by the Bell, and CBS' Christmas in the Northwest starring Amy Grant 3 years in a row. "I loved my time in LA, but my heart was still on Broadway" states Ray.

So at 19, Ray moved back to the big city and landed rolls in off Broadway productions of Jesus Christ Super Star starring......, Winnie the pooh, and finally the world traveling production of Pinocchio.

After a long 12 month tour, Ray was approached by Wayne Newton's entertainment director, (Lin) to co-star in a Caberet style lounge act alongside singer/instrumentalist Lin Stephenson. Ray saw this as a perfect opportunity to combine all her song and dance skills for live performance, her answer was a resounding YES!!

So, with Lin by her side, 25 yr. old Ray takes on "Sin City". "I will never forget my life in Las Vegas, sharing the stage with so many legendary performers was a dream come true". As for re-locating in of all places, Texas, Ray continues, "It's my hope that we can continue to bring audiences that classic lounge experience that originally put Vegas on the map".

Ray Sites Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, and Etta James as her influences.