Ray Simpson is the lead singer and Cop of Village People. From the days of the Village People film, Can’t Stop The Music, his voice can be heard on all Village People hits.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Ray is proud to be labeled a “Native New Yorker.” He is a graduate of City College, majoring in English and minoring in Music.
Ray is a Capricorn, born on January 15th, and he proudly shares that date with Martin Luther King, Jr. With Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesus Christ as fellow Capricorns. What better sign could there be?
Ray comes from a successful solo career and many years performing with his sister and brother-in-law, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Prior to Village People, Mr. Simpson released a solo recording album entitled Tiger Love.
He started doing some backup singing for Village People in its first years; soon after he was recruited (on very short notice) to join the group when Victor Willis left.
Mr. Simpson is a real sports fan. His other hobbies include backgammon, bicycling, writing music and driving fancy cars. He is also a proud husband and father. Ray, his wife Leslie, and daughter Alayna now reside in New Jersey.
Ray is a member of the Board of Directors of Sixuvus Ltd. (the Village People corporation).