Playhouse spotlight: getting chill bumps with Ray Fuller

Our very own Jonathan Salisbury, Program Coordinator at the Mission Playhouse, had the opportunity to talk with noted guitarist Ray Fuller to promote his upcoming show on February 3 at the Playhouse. A Chicago native, Fuller has worked with Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Natalie Cole, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones among many other noted artists.

Some major takeaways from the conversation:

  • On working with noted artists such as Anita Baker and Natalie Cole: It was work, Jon, it was work. These artists, on that level, would hire guys who played on the original hits. They made it worthwhile, and we were happy to join them.
  • Playing on “The Bodyguard’s” “I Will Always Love You” with Whitney Houston: “I Will Always Love You” was done in a ballroom in Florida in a beautiful hotel. Kevin Costner was filming in the back, but with technology, they deadened some of the sound. We recorded it live. We got off the road, we were off for about two weeks, and we got a call and a cassette tape of Dolly Parton’s original that we needed to go to Florida to perform.
  • On what guests can expect at his February 3 performance: They can expect to hear passionate moments, fun moments, the excitements of my life from Andrae Crouch to Yolanda Adams and BeBe and CeCe Winans. I want to do the songs that I recorded with some of these people that are here and not here – just some of my favorite songs that give me chill bumps.

You can watch Ray Fuller and his friends perform at the Playhouse on February 3. Tickets start at $15.00.