Biography

Bianca and Wim de Vries,

Lead vocals / lead vocals and acoustic guitar

Bianca and Wim got to know each other in 2014 and shared the passion for country music. Bianca has been singing all her life andWim took the guitar out of the dust again after many years.

In 2016 they made a road trip through America together. Inspired by the music, in Nashville in particular, they started their first band after this trip, Cashmoore (country, roots and bluegrass covers).

But wanting to write original songs continued to itch for both.

After a second road trip through America in 2018 (they were there during the Americana Fest in Nashville), Billy Bray was born!

From 2019 they regularly performed as a duo or trio with well-known and less well-known country covers. But from that time on, the intention was to play Billy Bray Band's own original repertoire. During the summer of 2019, they worked hard on their own songs for their first EP, in collaboration with Danny Hendriks and R. J. F. Mensies.

The album was recorded in the fall of 2019 at For TheRecord Music Studio in Wijchen. In collaboration with some fantastic musicians such as Eric Coenen (Bass), André Sommer (Steel guitar and piano), Wim van derVliert (Guitar) and Mark Eshuis (Drums)!

In February 2020 their first single Strong AfterForever was released, also the title track of the EP. The The live release-show is canceled because of COVID 19.

But in the meantime, the band was formed. Besides Wim and Bianca, Billy Bray Band consists of Ruud Suisam (Drums), Thijs Sluiter (Bass)and Bart de Waal (guitar).

This summer Billy Bray Band is working hard on new material. And recording some new songs to be released at the end of the summer and the months following. Also, the band is working hard to be ready to play the great festivals when possible again.


Bart de Waal

Lead guitar

With 18 years old, Bart is the youngest of the band, very talented and in development. He has been playing the guitar since he was 11 and has played a variety of genres but found out that country music suits him well. Bart is inspired by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and The Byrds, among others. But also, more recent artists such as Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell and Tyler Childers. He finds it important to be able to express his own influences in projects, and with Billy Bray Band he has that opportunity.

Ruud Suisam

Drums

Ruud grew up in a family where music was a big part of daily life. As a child, drumming fascinated him tremendously. At the age of 7 he received his first drum set and it never really let him go anymore.

As a professional Ruud has already completed many musical projects, played all kinds of genres and since 2003 he has his own drum school "Suisam Drums Education". Besides his session and studio work, Ruud gives workshops and drum clinics.

What not many people know is that Ruud has a passion for (new) country music. Billy Bray Band gives him a new challenge and he hopes, together with Bianca, Wim and the other band members, to lift this band to great heights!

Thijs Sluiter

Bassist

Whenever Thijs makes music, he cannot stand still. His roots are Rock 'n Roll and Country music. Already at a young age he was inspired by Elvis and Johnny Cash. After an 'attic room career', he played in various bands with which he gained a lot of experience, domestic and abroad. A tight basis and the right atmosphere are the basics for a good song and that is an important asset of Thijs' playing and what he contributes to Billy Bray Band.

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