What It Is
Gray Doesn’t Have A Deep Voice – But It Is Versatile, Warm, Friendly, Unique, Authoritative, And – Did I Say ‘Versatile’? Very Versatile. It’s Unusual, Genuine, And Appealing, But At The Same Time, Quite “Average” – “Guy Next Door/Man On The Street” Kind Of Voice – Inviting And Engaging – Conversational – No Stylized Delivery, No Put-Ons – No “Radio” – No “Announcer” Type – No B.S.
You’ll Also Find Him To Be Very Flexible – If You’re Looking For A New York Cab Driver, Santa Claus, A Native Hawaiian, Polynesian Or Filipino, A British FOP, Or A ‘Southern Fried Gentleman’ – You’ve Come To The Right Place. So Whether It’s Cartoons, Accents , Or Warm, Sensitive, And Honest – Gray Can Give It To You Wrapped In A World-Class Delivery!
Of Course, Sometimes You Need A More “Stylized” Voice – An “Announcer” – Someone Who Has A Trained Radio Voice. Well, Having Spent More Than 20 Years In Medium To Large Market Radio – That Comes Easy! You Want To Open A TV Show? Maybe A “Big Intro” For A VIP Or An Awardee At A Gala? No Problem –
Making Commercial Dialog Sound ‘Real’ And ‘Conversational’ Is Often, Well, Let’s Say “Challenging” (Darn Near Impossible, Sometimes!) – But It’s Another Thing That Gray Seems To Be Particularly Good At.
What You’ll Probably Find Most Attractive, Is His Unique Ability To Draw The Listener Into The Ad Or Presentation – Making Them Feel Good About The Product And The ‘Truth’ From Which He Speaks. Speaking From The Heart – Sharing And Speaking ‘To’ The Listener – Not ‘At’ Them.
So Whether You Need A Believable “Announcer” (Or Spokesman), A Great Character, Accent, Or Cartoon Voice – Or Realistic Dialog … Narration … A Warm Testimonial, Or Just Someone Who Can Read The Phone Book, And Make It Sound Fun And Exciting – Gray’s The Guy You Want To Hire!
Voice Over Experience
In More Than 30 Years Of Voice Work And Voice Acting, Directing And Producing, Gray Has Worked With And For Some The Largest Ad Agencies In The World – Mc Cann Ericson, Leo Burnet, Ogilvy And Mather, Saachi, Dentsu, Y And R, JWT, BBDO, And Many Many More.
A Few Of His Efforts Have Been Nominated For CLIO Awards – And He’s Even Won An RAB Award And A Few Other Local And National Awards – The Point Being That At Least Someone Thought It Was Pretty Good Stuff.
Having Spent About 20 Years Working In Radio, Audio Production, And Advertising, In The United States, Gray Did Voice Work For Such Clients As Bank Of Hawaii, Ford Motors, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, Bank Of America, Standard Oil Of California, Texaco, Sears, Chrysler, Coke, And Many Others.
That’s Where He Learned The ‘Secret Codes’ Of Audio And Voice Direction (“Can You Slow It Down And Warm It Up A Bit – And Shave About 2 Seconds Off The Read”) Yes! Learning The Subtleties Of These Often Contradictory Directions Is Paramount If One Wants To Be Called Back – Especially By An Agency.
In Asia, Over The Last 15 Years, He’s Done Trade Show And Sales Videos, Product Roll-Outs, Radio And Television Commercials, And Even Laptop Maintenance Voice-Overs For Such Clients As Acer, Asus, Hewlet Packard, Toshiba, Siemens Shipping, Nokia, Fridays Restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe, Motorola, Intel, PCI Paints, Dutch Boy Paints, Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Cadillac, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Mercedes, SYM, Kymco, And Yamaha Motors. HSBC Bank, United Airlines, Philippine Airlines, China Trust Bank. He’s Also Done Narration For Paradise Television In Hawaii, Jason’s Marketplace, Welcome Supermarkets (Asia’s Largest), Watsons Drugs, Costco, And Even The Government Of Taiwan (Played In The Usa – Their Bid To Join The U.N.)
As A Side Note, Gray Also Taught, Coached, And Directed Voice Work For The Screen Actor’s Guild (He Was Once A Member) And Private Classes While Living In The States.
Training And Education
Although He Got Into Radio Right Out Of High School, Gray Didn’t Really Begin Working As A Voice Artist For About 10 Years. He Says, “It Took Me That Long To Understand The Difference Between A Stylized “Radio” Read – Which Came Easily To Me – And A Warm, Honest, “Conversational Read.”
Many Years Ago, Gray Began Working At A Small Radio Station In Hawaii, Then Moved To California, Where He Worked With KMET And KPPC In Southern California (Los Angeles And Pasadena) Two Of The Nation’s Pioneers In “Underground Rock” Radio – After A Number Of Years In California Radio/Audio Production, He Found Himself Back In Hawaii Running The Sound Studio For One Of Honolulu’s Top Video Production Companies (QDD). At That Time, The Digital Age Was Just Dawning, And Gray Had To Learn To Do Audio For Video Using Tape Recorders And SMPTE Time Code, Editing Was Done With A Razor Blade, And Multi-Track Recording Was – Well, Different, Very Different Than It Is Today.
In 1992, After Working With Both Top Agencies, And Coaching And Directing Voice Talent For Over 12 Years, He Decided That Asia Was “Calling ” – And He Accepted An Offer To Become Creative/Production Director At ICRT Radio, One Of Asia’s Largest Private Radio Stations.
There, As A Sideline, Gray Did Voice Work For Some Of Asia’s – And Europe’s – Biggest Companies. Everything From Narrating Video Presentations, To Characters And Tag Announcers On Regional TV Ads That Would Play All Over The Greater China Area. In His Capacity As Imaging And Production Director, He Developed And Wrote, Voiced, And Produced The Imaging For The Station For Over 15 Years.
ICRT Is Taiwan’s Only English Radio Station, And Has An Estimated Audience Of Nearly 500,000 In A Radio Market Of About 10 Million (All Chinese Speakers Who Want To Learn Real English!) – And They Have Firmly Owned A Top 5 Position In The Ratings The Entire Time Gray Was There.
In Addition To These Projects, He Also Worked With The Montana Trade Office, The British Embassy, And The Malaysian And Thailand Tourism Offices – Producing “Podcasts” Which They Have Put On Their Web-Sites.
Gray Belatedly Took Some Online College Courses While In Asia, And In 1999 Received His Diploma (In Broadcast Communications) From Trinity College And University.
Gray Has A Custom-Made Desk Top Computer That Was Put Together With Audio In Mind.
No I Don’t Use Pro-Tools!
His Preferred Audio Software Is Sony Vegas Working Together With Sound Forge – And He Can Dig Up Adobe Audition In Case He Needs It.
Gray Uses Use Shure, CAD, And Neumann Microphones, With A Mackie Board – He Delivers Top-Notch Broadcast Audio To Your Computer In A Flash, Using Drop Box, Email, Or FTP. If You Want To Listen In, He’ll Skype You (At His Expense) And You Can Listen In While He Records Your Project – So You’re Sure To Get Exactly What You Want.
In Addition To All This, Gray Also Has His “Studio On The Go”. A Fabulous Asus Laptop With An Outboard Sound Card, And Mixer. He Can Put Everything Into A Small Suitcase, And Be Ready To Record, 24 Bit, 48 Khz Anytime, Anywhere At The Drop Of A Hat!
According To His Wife, Gray’s Really A Nice Guy, Too! Hey – What More Could You Want?
What clients say about Gray!
“Working with Gray has been an awesome experience. His versatility and fast turnaround times have been essential to the success of several of our projects. His voice and happy attitude bring a warm and friendly spirit to our projects, which is vital when communicating medical device information to patients. He possesses that ‘neighbor/friend’ tone reads trust into our clients ears. We look forward to our continued working relationship.”
– Claudio Ramirez, Sr. Manager, Multimedia & Communications Posey Company
“I have worked with Gray for more than 4 years and multiple projects. He has been my reliable go to voice for a lot of my projects. His intonations, rhythm, and style make for a fun, natural, round and rich voice. Many of my customers relate so much to the voice that they have said “hey, this guy was fun to hang out with for the day.” What we have found to work so well is to record live together on Skype. This makes me feel like I am sitting in his recording studio with him. He is definitely my go to voice. Reasonably priced, with a reliable turnaround. He is also committed to quality and has re-recorded stuff once in a while to get it just right. I definitely recommend Gray for your voice needs.”
– Andrew Fowers, CEO President of Digital Tours LLC
“Gray is by far the most versatile and professional voice talent I have ever worked with. He also is an great producer (I love collaborating with him), a master storyteller and he always delivers projects on time and within budget.”
– Mark Jacobsen, President/CEO, Venture Brands LLC
“Gray has a great range and knows how to bring the right balance of atmosphere and personality to his work”
– Dejda Mishkovsky, Producer, Sugarshack Animation
“I listen to hundreds of audio-books each year. and Gray’s performance of the (Korean) character “Chuin” in the book “Chinese Puzzle” is superb. In fact, “Chinese Puzzle” remains #1 on my favorites list.”
– Ron DeShazo Audio Engineer, SpeakingVolumes.com Audio books
“What Gray brings to his work is a treasure trove of experience. The character voice Gray helped us with exceeded all of our expectations. In Gray’s performance, we found that magical combination of great pipes and years of experience that gave our character a real and unique personality. Working with him was indeed a great treat. His caliber of talent reminds me of names like Daws Butler, Mel Blank, and Paul Frees. We are very much looking forward to working with him again!”
– Al Rosson, Chief Creative Officer, Health Nuts Media
“Gray Gleason is an absolute pleasure to work with. Versatile and able to deliver quality work, even when given minimal direction. He has no problem getting into character, and even takes the time to research his roles if needed; his attention to detail is particularly commendable. Maybe most important is that Gray is a genuinely enjoyable person to talk to; he’s well-spoken and courteous with a good sense of humor, all while maintaining professionalism. I highly recommend him; you won’t be disappointed.”
– Vincent Ottobre, co-director, “Batman: Immortal”
“Gray is the best at what he does. At his core, Gray is a great voice, but his instincts and creative collaboration make Gray exceptional. It is always a pleasure working with him. His results are always at the highest level. Gray is truly a consummate professional.”
– Dennis Mahaffay VP/Broadcast and Special Projects
“Gray has been doing voice over for our television network for over 20 years now. His voice is the best in the world and he handles direction well and very easy to work with. I highly recommend using him because he is very flexible and can do almost any kind of narration.”
– Jim Kartes – President, Paradise Television Network, Hawaii