A ray of hope for Vincentian youth
November 5, 2013
A ray of hope for Vincentian youth

Using Vincentian Grammy winner Ray Williams as an example, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has encourged young persons to explore the opportunities that are available to them.{{more}}

While speaking in Parliament on October 29, Gonsalves congratulated Williams, who was sitting in the Strangers’ Gallery, on his achievement.

Williams, a Chateaubelair native, was recognized for his role in the advancement of the Melodyne Software and was awarded with the 2012 Technical Grammy Award for excellence in music technology.

“I want to join the Honourable Minister of Tourism and Culture to commend Ray Williams of Chateaubelair, St Vincent and the Grenadines, on his remarkable performance,” the Prime Minister said.

Gonsalves noted that Williams migrated to Canada in 1980, where he became involved in music technology. Additionally, the Prime Minister disclosed that Williams, who is also a member of the Celemony Software Company, is the owner of Steinberg Canada and Music Marketing Inc.

“I want the young people to be hearing about this. This is a young man, not yet 50, from rural St Vincent,” he said.

“I’m mentioning some of the highlights so that the young people who are listening… they know they can take advantage of opportunities and there are more opportunities today for them than when Ray left here in 1980”.

Gonsalves also noted that Williams’ achievement is reason for persons recognize that they can be successful in the Arts and for parents to understand the importance behind supporting their children.

“It is also important to note that he had parents who were interested in his development. His mother was a school principal and his father was an Inspector of Police. So, it’s important for us to understand the family guidance in the bringing up of young people,” the Prime Minister said.

During his career, Williams, who attended the St Vincent Grammar School, has worked with various music icons like Stevie Wonder, Bobbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson and The Commo­dores. (BK)