A Wimbledon mum is releasing her debut EP at the age of 43.
Parry Ray grew up as an only child in a traditional British Asian family in North London listening to artists including Elvis, Ravi Shankar, Chaka Khan and Dolly Parton.
She started singing at the age of just three but while she had dreams of making music her parents, who had arrived in Britain from Calcutta, believed in academia and worked hard so their daughter could attend St Paul’s Girl’s School in Hammersmith.
At 24 Ms Ray achieved an MPhil in solid state physics and went on to work as an editor on a series of engineering magazines for Elsevier Science.
But her passion for music stayed strong and by 30 she had abandoned her roots to pursue a career in music forming a band and playing the London live music scene performing at the legendary Ronnie Scott's club, the
Royal Albert Hall and at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Festivals.
The mum of two is now due to release her solo EP, 7 Days, featuring song writing talent from Andy Love whose writing a producing credits include Paloma Faith’s Upside Down, the X Factor and Britain’s Got talent.
She said: "Releasing this EP is a huge milestone for me.
"I have been luckily enough to work with some incredible people over the years and this EP is no exception.
"I am hugely grateful for the wonderful response to '7 Days' so far.
"Singing is all about communication and connection.
"It's a lifeline for me and puts the biggest smile on my face every day."
For more information visit parryray.com