Born outside New Hope, Pennsylvania, and calling Boulder, Colorado his home since 2000, Ramaya Soskin is most at home in a song. Beginning first at Naropa University he formed the rock & reggae trio named Specter X with Ian Hansson and Devin Liles that spent over 3 years heating up dance floors and generally just being awesome. While maturing as a songwriter he practiced his craft and soon started the indie alt-rock band SLOWROSA with local songstress Cate Coslor, Tres Altman, Chris Mustaine and Jeb Bows. While being managed by Brian Schwartz (Dinosaur Jr., Paper Bird, Rose Hill Drive), and supported by both Coupe Studio and What Are Records?, the band performed with acts such as Devotchka, The Fray, and The Czars at Boulder's "Fox" and "Boulder Theater". Ramaya's next project was entitled A. Ballad Nightly and included players Jess DeNicola, Jeb Bows, Jack Leahy, and Leor Manelis. It was during this incarnation that Ramaya released an album of his original material entitled "All In Good Time" in November of 2007. Both haunting and revealing, the album is a collection of delicate lullabyes, saucy rockers, and sultry ballads. Upon it's release CdBaby.com gave it the "Editor's Pick of the Month" saying:
"Simultaneously blending echoes of Iron and Wine, Ryan Adams, Wilco and Jeff Buckley, Ramaya Soskin's new album somehow engages both the daring spirit and tender vulnerability. Wrapping up gentle folk in lush pop harmonies, cradling thoughtful songwriting with sometimes-hushed, sometimes-assertive vocals that are strung through these songs like a golden thread, the songs on All in Good Time capture a unique pocket of inspired and sincere writing with volumes of courage and determination. Somewhere between the rush of falling in love and the beautiful bitterness of having your heart broken, you’ll find emotions so delicious that you can’t quite let them go. Such is the magic of Ramaya Soskin's All In Good Time." -Review by Tamara Turner, Music Editor for CD Baby (Editor's Pick)
The album, "All In Good Time", among many others, is available to stream or download under the "MUSIC" heading, and at ramayasoskin.bandcamp.com. A 2015 Re-issue of the CD is available at the iTunes music store among many other digital distributers, and hardcopies of the CD are available at cdbaby.com/cd/ramayasoskin.
In 2009 Ramaya joined up with fellow Boulder songwriter (and longtime hombre) Gregory Alan Isakov. They toured as a duo (where Ramaya both accompanied Greg on guitar and vocals, and performed solo) for nearly 4 years. Tour schedules took them all over the US, Canada (Winnipeg Folk Festival), Cayamo Cruise shows, and twice to Europe; Italy, England and Scotland (w/ Chris Pureka), Germany (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff), and Holland (w/ Devotchka). As a full 6 piece band here in Boulder they sold out the Fox Theater, Chataqua Auditorium, Gothic Theater (w/ Nathaniel Rateliff) and Redrocks (with Brandi Carlile).
In 2010 Ramaya accompanied by vocalist Dana Raabe, toured with friend and hero songsmith Chris Pureka in support of her album "How I Learned To See In The Dark".
As founder of Boulder's "Troubadours", a monthly platform to showcase local songwriters, Ramaya has been offering the community a musical hub around which thier local favorites are teamed up with stellar undiscovered talent. "It's the best of the local flavor in a myriad of expression, all in one place" (Boulder Weekly). These "Troubadours" showcases have been presented monthly for 15 years+ at such venues as The Fox Theater, Trilogy, B.side Lounge, Shine, and The Laughing Goat.
All in all, Ramaya and the bands he has been a part of have shared the stage with: Gregory Alan Isakov, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlisle, Fiona Apple, The Fray, The Lumineers, Glen Hansard and The Swell Season, Devotchka, Paper Bird, Chris Pureka, Elephant Revival, Dechen Hawk, Colin Robison, Reed Foehl, Paul Kimbiris, Ian Cooke, and many other wonderful artists. Currently Ramaya can be seen playing music regularly in the Boulder/Denver area.
Recently accompanying Ramaya is a diverse cast of soul mates and local allstars, including:
Jeb Bows: Violin
Alexandra Schwan: Vocals
Kate Farmer: Vocals
Taylor Tuke: Keys & Vocals