Solo Pianist and Singer. 30 Years Professional Experience. I've performed on Princess and Norwegian cruise ships all over the world. I play and sing ALL kinds of music, except Rap and Hip-Hop. I play live 2-4 nights a week all around the D/FW metroplex. Weddings, Corporate Functions, and Dinner Parties are my specialty.
I hired Tray as a pianist for my wedding reception. We wanted to hire all small business owners for our wedding vendors and Tray was amazing! It was hard to find a musician who would fit in with our wedding. We had a very small wedding (50 people) at the Dallas Arboretum. So we didn’t want a big band or overbearing performance. Tray was great to provide exactly what we wanted and entertain our guests with his beautiful performance. I was so impressed that he didn’t use sheet music – so talented! He also played at the venue’s grand piano so it was a very subtle yet elegant performance.
Price Range: $300 - $2000
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
A true professional, on time, reliable, personable, flexible. Able to quickly and accurately read the room and audience and choose the perfect appropriate music for the desired ambiance.
Tray Boswell has been a premier pianist and singer in Dallas area clubs, restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges for the past 25 years. Playing everything by ear and with a repertoire of over 2000 songs, he can play virtually anything – just hum a few bars for him – you’ll never see him look at a sheet of music. He loves requests and likes to move seamlessly through a wide variety of timeless music favorites. Listen carefully and you may hear him gently swing from the Peanuts Theme right into a popular Beethoven piece, lure you through a medley from Bruno Mars, a Coldplay hit, an Elton John favorite, and end with a tune by Michael Buble! Tray creates the perfect ambiance to enhance your wedding reception, Christmas party, business function, dinner party, or banquet.
Tray, a Dallas native, has been bringing music to all since he was very young. His parents bought him a piano when he was 5 years old after noticing his aptitude for picking out songs by ear on a toy keyboard. Tray began taking piano lessons and continued off-and-on for a few years, but he typically lacked the patience to read music from the written page and primarily learned most of his songs by coming up with his own arrangements entirely by ear.
His love for all types of music continued to grow rapidly, and by age 16 he was playing nightly at a local Italian restaurant, already playing an eclectic variety of selections ranging from ragtime to Beethoven to the Beatles or Billy Joel. Tray has always been a crowd pleaser because he’s known for playing songs you wouldn’t expect to hear on a piano: songs from popular movies and TV shows, Mozart, Radiohead, or even Pink Floyd! Most recently he’s been working as a Princess Cruise Lines musician.
Tray graduated from Texas Tech in 1992 with a degree in Marketing, but his real focus has remained on playing piano and singing both solo and with various bands & combos at several nightclubs and restaurants throughout his college years. After moving to Dallas, Tray landed several regular gigs at various Dallas restaurants and bars where he still continues to perform. Tray has developed quite a following in Dallas over the years, and recorded his first CD in 2002, entitled First Takes. All of the selections he recorded were off-the-cuff and completely unedited (listen to some on his website.) He is currently recording a new demo to reflect his various musical styles.
Additional Booking Notes
I can provide all my own equipment including digital piano, synthesizer, microphones, speakers, mixing board, and gear to use my PA system or plug into a house sound system.
I have a repertoire of over 2000 popular and classical songs. I play very little country music and no hip-hop or rap music.
Influences & Inspiration
Beatles, Elton John, Coldplay, Billy Joel, Harry Connick, Michael Buble, Classical Composers, David Foster, John Williams, Pink Floyd, ELO, Eagles, Don Henley, Sting, Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, Movie Soundtracks, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Radiohead
All I need is a 6 x 6 square foot area to setup all my equipment within 25 feet of an electrical outlet.
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