From the inception of Opaz Productions in 1992, Ray Hayden has produced tracks for the following artists: Martine Girault, Ronny Jordan, Mica Paris, Swing Out Sister, Incognito, Guru, Maysa, George Howard, Omar, Adeva, Carol Thompson, Patrick Jean-Paul Denis; and remixes for: Marvin Gaye, Mary J Blige, Sade, Tyrese, Tony Toni Tone, The Brand New Heavies, The Christians, Gene Rice, Des’ree, Another Level, Nina Simone and The Temptations.
These formative years were bookmarked by the release of the now signature song and a firm UK classic ‘Revival’ by Martine Girault, which entered the charts at No 1. Revival added flavour to Nescafe's TV advertising campaigns and featured in films starring Meg Ryan, TuPac Shakur and Micky Rourke allowing Opaz Productions to establish itself as a world class production company.
In marking its twentieth anniversary The House of Opaz will be releasing its entire catalogue online including many hidden gems from its vaults. Leading the campaign is new signing Cartier Fraser-a young lady from North West London.
Already a radio and critic favourite, lead track ‘Mr Lost’ from the debut album of the same title features nine tracks which showcases the incredible talent of Cartier nurtured and lead by the magical and renowned production skills of Hayden. ‘Mr Lost’ will be available to download from iTunes October 29th 2012.
Hayden comments: "I've been lucky enough to stay in music in spite of the impact from the internet and I couldn't have found a better artist to mark my anniversary than the very gifted Cartier Fraser".
Clearly not afraid of a challenge or ‘status’, Hayden in 1998, won his five year legal battle against Hollywood ‘golden boy’ Will Smith, for copyright infringement against his song ‘Boom Shake The Room’.
Now, Ray Hayden and The House of Opaz have a diverse portfolio of projects and ventures. Much like a chameleon [he] has changed and adapted to his surroundings and environments both personally and professionally; and like Scott, Hayden has gone off on musical expeditions like an intrepid explorer travelling, experiencing and immersing in cultures from East –working with Japanese artists Towa Tai, Monday Michiru and Shinobu to Jeremie Johnson from the Middle East to all the Westerners named above, to animated projects, graphic design and web design all culminating in the development of a computer game with a to-die-for sound track utilising the hidden gems from The House of Opaz all under his umbrella company Opaz Multimedia.
In celebration of 20 years of achievements the entire back catalogue will be available for the first time digitally at the end of the month; this will also include collaborations from Cartier and iTunes
No. 1 selling Jazz Artist Yolanda Brown.