"The inspiration for this album comes from the muse of hope, love and grace. By embracing one another’s differences, we accept the simple fact that the world is a much better place with all of us sharing our different strengths and gifts. If we truly put forth effort towards our dreams, even by accident…we will find success!" ~Raymond Hayden
RAIN CITY COLLECTIVE ALBUM REVIEW (12.25.19)
“We have a couple shout outs on this fine Thanksgiving morning! First, our great friend and former keyboardist Raymond Hayden recently released his 6th album titled Accidental Grace. Having played, written, shared the stage, hotel rooms and a myriad of good times with Ray (Rayhas/ Dr, Chetha), we know his musical genius pretty well and where it comes from.... we thought. This new instrumental journey shows that Ray's never settle for yesterday mentality is intact and his true heart for music is pumping strong. If you love music that you can close your eyes to and let it manipulate your emotions into another space, we highly recommend you check out Accidental Grace by Raymond Hayden. Troll his pages too and you will find all kinds of reviews and back stories on how this labor of love came together. Great Job Raymond!“
~Mike Burt, Limberlost
~Mike Burt, Limberlost
"Accidental Grace...is the latest collection of piano instrumentals from Raymond Hayden and does not disappoint. Tracks like "Invisible Silence" and "Awakening" take you to a special place and are a perfect addition to the soundtrack of your life."
Paul Speer - Grammy Nominated Guitarist
“I just finished a Qi Dao/Qigong practice with your beautiful album Accidental grace as my soundtrack. Dancing, moving and meditating. From the beginning of the album till the end.
The music took me on a journey through space and time, through tension and release, through stillness and movement, through darkness.... And in the final mediation I was dancing with my own fear, until the notes from Rain came to an end and everything exploded in light.
I feel at peace and empowered at the same time. And I thought I would share my experience.
Thank you for writing such a Beautiful album, for sharing your soul and grace in this masterpiece and for gifting it to me. I feel so lucky and I’m forever grateful for you and your Music!”
Cirke Cherockee - Artist (Singer/Songwriter)
“Accidental Grace...If I heard your music playing somewhere, I would know it. Your beautiful compositions are sweet to the ears and peaceful to the soul. Accidental Grace is all "Ray"...it is your spirit talking...it is your signature sound. The titles for each song are perfect and I can envision what you feeling through them while at the same time exploring my own. Accidental Grace brings me to an awakening of spirituality, a peaceful calmness, a uniting and centering of that mysterious tie between the heart and spirit and soul and mind all together. Well done, Ray!! Last weekend at Chinook Fest I watched some truly amazing keyboard artists, and every time I thought of you. What made them amazing was their personal energy and the "all-or-nothing-fun" style of entertaining and command of the keys. You are all that, but more...I am not sure, though, that they could also bring it down to the "Raymond" level of breaking down conceptual barriers of heart and mind as you let your spirit work through your hands. Well done, Well done! Thank you for sharing your music.”
Mark Gordon - Seattle Wave Radio Owner
"With this uplifting collection of solo keyboard pieces, the listener will be transported to a vortex of hope and grace. Clearly, Raymond Hayden possesses a determined will of the spiritual warrior that capably leads the listener to a vibration of peace and togetherness. Every note contains a fractal of this grace, rippling and penetrating our consciousness and world. The works are packed with emotion and spirituality expressing love, patience, kindness, and peace--all of this through the common language of western music harmony. And as all vibration inherently creates rhythm, so do these pieces. Throughout, there lies a motor rhythm propelling the listener through the illusion of time. Its embedded positive intention imbues this truly inspired work with seemingly channeled grace and compassion."
Kabir Sehgal - Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy Award Winning Producer