During the summer of 1982 Ray played the piano for
"The Kings Messengers" from
. With a
longing in his soul to sing Ray formed the trio named “The
Gospel Laymen ". The trio became very popular and performed
in many churches and auditoriums. The Gospel Laymen recorded two
albums during the 3 years it was together.
In 1985 Ray joined "The Monarchs"; he wrote
and recorded "This Man from
the "Naturally" album. This song received a lot of radio
play and was very popular with audiences on the East Coast.
After all the years of being silent in southern
gospel music God made a way for Ray to sing again! January 2003
was a sad time in his life but yet a new beginning. Ray was
comforted and inspired by God through music in the days following
his mother's death. He sat down at his keyboard with a sense of
urgency and God began to pour new songs into his spirit. Ray
returned to the recording studio
to record the new CD entitled "Back Again". His mother Arlene
Vester wrote two special songs "Rejoice in God’s Love"
and "Jesus Is My Everything" on the CD.
In 2004 Ray release a new project entitled “From
the Heart” which included “Time Traveler” written by his
brother Richard Vester and “My Prayer” written by Ray’s
mother Arlene Vester.
In 2005 Ray released two new projects. “Here and
Now”, Ray’s third vocal CD includes “All your Love”
written by Ray’s brother Richard Vester. Ray also released his
first instrumental CD entitled “Keyboard Favorites”.
2005 Was a very exciting year for Ray Vester
ministries! Ray is
preaching again after many years and will be touring the
sharing his ministry.
2006 Brought a renewed excitement for Ray Vester
Ministries! Ray has
released 2 new projects “I’m Still Standing” and “Ray
Vester 80’s Collection” which is a HIV/AIDS project.
2007 New project
"Freedom" was released. In
August Ray underwent major surgery and due to complications ended
up with Gangrene and almost died.
In October Ray underwent emergency surgery to remove the
Gangrene tissue. God
brought him “Through the fire”!
During this time Ray was off the road from doing Ministry.
2008 Was full of wonderful
moments but yet Ray faced more surgeries. In March Ray had another
major surgery and once again had more complications.
Because of the complications Ray was in severe pain and
unable to work. So
in November Ray underwent another surgery to remove a nerve that
was entrapped during the surgery in March. Ray
continued to be off the road from doing Ministry as well as being
out of work a total of 6 months.
However during Ray’s time of sickness he was
approached by Randy Stalls from “Vision Quest Music Group”
with an offer of a Recording Contract.
Even though Ray was going through so much God gave him the
strength and courage to sign the Recording Contact and history was
made for Ray Vester Ministries.
The Label released the new CD “Sail Away” in July.
In October the single entitled “It’s All Good” was
released to Southern Gospel Radio Stations Nationwide and debuted
at #28 on the Christian Country Gospel National Chart!
By December the single hit #1 on the Christian Country
Gospel National Chart. The
single also debuted at #60 on the Southern Gospel Top 100 Hits and
has stayed at that spot for 4 months as of January, 2009.
2009 The single “It’s All
Good” continues to be on the National Charts!
Ray is well and heading back “on the road again” for
the “Sail Away” Tour. . After going through so many trials God
truly has begun a new work in Ray Vesters’ life and Ministry!
The response to Ray’s return has been amazing so look for
him in your area in 2009.
February Ray’s new project entitled “Work in the Field” was
released. This year
has brought new challenges to Ray’s life with being laid off
from his full time job and Foreclosure on his home in
. Ray relocated to
in September and even though there has many trials Ray has
continued to do ministry and record a new project that will be
released early 2011 entitled “Southern Style”
Ray’s 1st single “Jesus Was A Mountain
Man” from his upcoming project is already in Radio Stations
Ray Vester is back on the road again for the “Southern Style”
tour after a few months off. April 15, 2011 Ray Vester’s new CD
entitled “Southern Style” was officially released!
Ray Vester Ministries is really excited about this new
project and it is making quite a stir in Southern Gospel on the
Radio and in live concerts.
The title track “Rock on for Jesus Southern Style” has
been released as the 2nd single from the new project!
But the most requested song in live concerts has been
“Right On Time”! No
matter what you are going through God is always right on time.
Vester shares much more of his testimony as he travels all over
doing concerts and preaching along with a lot of anointing and
little humor thrown in for good measure, well a lot of humor!
has a very successful and awesome time on a Midwest tour in
2011. God moved in a mighty way and many were blessed by the
anointing of the Holy Spirit.
the Midwest tour Ray's health took a downward spiral and Ray has
taken time off the road from doing ministry since October
2011. Ray has continued to write songs and record during
this time off and is releasing a brand new CD entitled "Free
Indeed" sometime in June 2013. Ray will be back on the
road traveling and taking bookings from June 2013 going
forward. God has brought Ray through the fire yet again and
Ray continues to have the victory! Ray will be sharing his
testimony of what God has done for him during the time off the
road and people will not want to miss it! Ray wants to thank
all the churches that have stood by him during his time of health
issues and for waiting steadfast in the faith that Ray would make
a come back! God is good!!! Look for Ray in your area