Interview With A Backup Singer: Angela Monden

Amarillo, Texas is full of talented musicians and Ray Wilson’s backup singer, Angela Monden, stands out among the crowd as one of Amarillo’s brightest and most vibrant. Angela met Ray less than a year ago at Hoot’s Pub where she was singing publicly for one of the first times as a backup singer for musician Dave Regal while Ray played guitar with them. She said they talked about music, gardening, and basically “nerded out.” They were instant friends.

Underdog (When He's Suffering)

I wrote "Underdog" because I had a burning need in my soul to highlight our cultures ever increasing tendency to lavish a person or a group when they are at their best or when they are "winning" but quickly discard them when they appear to be losing - essentially creating a culture of treating people as if they are disposable. From the heartbreak of America's homeless Vets to the growing number of single mothers, this song asks the listener to stop throwing people away after we've used them up.

"Who do you sound like?"

I’m always asked “who do you sound like?” “what style of music do you play?” or “what does your album sound like?” These are all very good questions as it helps identify to the prospective listener what they might expect to hear and/or feel when listening to my work. It’s the hardest question I’ve ever had to answer because I write and play music, well... the way I do it. I asked a fan on twitter once “who do I sound like - help me out here.” The reply was “You sound like… you! You sound like Ray Wilson, and that’s a good thing.”


My Photo Shoot With Ray At The Panhandle Inn

One of the most fun and creative projects I can work on is when I get to photograph bands and musicians. As a photographer, I consider myself to be a creative individual and musicians are definitely creative, so when you put that kind of power together, magic happens. I love that bands and artists are pretty much up for anything. The free reign to do whatever we want is empowering.