2018-10-25 / Around Town

Ramey Returns to Newport

By Mark Gorman


Troy Ramey, Rogers High School graduate and former contestant on “The Voice” back for a performance. Troy Ramey, Rogers High School graduate and former contestant on “The Voice” back for a performance. The music business is fraught with misconceptions, one of the biggest being that an appearance on a nationally televised singing competition automatically translates into stardom. Newport This Week caught up with Rogers High School graduate and former contestant on “The Voice,” Troy Ramey, to see what's new in his music career.

"I've put over 60,000 miles on my car in the last 18 months, taking gigs all over New England and beyond," he said. "Shortly after ‘The Voice,’ I went on tour up and down the East and West Coast, from Montreal to Nashville, and San Diego to Seattle. [The tour] was one of the best experiences of my career and it gave me the bug to keep the guitar in my hands, no matter what."

Ramey also dispelled the myth than an appearance on these national shows guarantees you'll always be famous.

Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. Mark Gorman is a retired high school guidance counselor and guitarist-vocalist who performs locally each week. "The biggest struggle for me since doing the show has been trying to figure out how to explain to people that the fact that I didn't get signed [to a record deal] is not failure," he said. "People think of success in music as Justin Bieber or Adele. But there is a whole lot of room in between where there is a nice living and complete control of your career. That's where I have my eyes set, and that's what I'm doing right now."

Making a living as a full-time musician is a tall order and requires an artist to be adaptable and resourceful. Ramey is definitely up to the task. "I play just about any gig I can, including private events and weddings. I think the best thing that happened to me is that [being on ‘The Voice’] has allowed me to make a good living only playing music," he said.

And there's another big change coming in Ramey's direction, as he recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Toula Tiganitakis.

"Toula couldn't be more supportive. When I told her a few years ago that I was quitting my job to play music full time, she didn't even flinch. She believes in me, probably even more than I believe in myself, sometimes," he said.

Ramey is excited to be returning to Newport next week to play a show of his original music at the Newport Blues Cafe. He'll be teaming up with openers Love Handle and fellow ‘The Voice’ contestant Lilli Passero for the gig.

"Lilli and I became friends on [the show]. When I first heard her sing, I thought to myself, 'Well, there's the winner of this season.' She has a timeless, classic voice that is undeniably incredible," he said.

"I can't wait to play the [Newport] Blues Cafe. [Owner] Jim Quinn has been so incredibly supportive of me and I'm grateful to get a chance to headline a show. When I get a chance to bring my amazing band on the road with me, I get really excited for people to hear my songs come to life that way."

Quinn was quick to return the compliment. "Everyone I've spoken to is very excited to see Troy return to the Newport Blues Cafe. We're really looking forward to him filling the room with his powerful voice that gained him well-deserved national attention on ‘The Voice,’" he said.

For more information, visit troyramey.com.

To Go

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 4, Doors open at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Newport Blues Cafe

ADMISSION: $12, tickets at newportblues.com

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