Saturday, June 9: RAI

Hear the music of RAI on Saturday, June 9 on the Miller Lite Mainstage. 

A Milwaukee  native, RAI (born Rashard T Hudson), works professionally as an American R&B, soul, rock and pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

RAI is commonly known for his unmatched vocal abilities, stage energy, impact and influences in the modern world of music. Inspired by P!NK, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, and Michael Jackson, his strong voice will move you out of your seats as his eccentric style will keep you captivated.

While growing up, RAI watched his mother — a  former opera singer — sing in musicals and sing popular R&B and pop songs in front of large crowds. He was also inspired by his Grandfather, who is a well-known local talent named Jon Pierre Gee. His grandfather performed all over Milwaukee and even had opportunities to work with James Brown, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, The Temptations, Bob Marley many other musical greats. With all that inspiration, RAI sang everywhere he went, including at several camps, church, and in school. He took his high school to state five times for Solo Ensemble. He was a gold medal winner every time.

In his adult life, RAI swas initially a background singer for the Milwaukee band Ahvantsoul, then auditioned for the popular local WISN 12 Milwaukee Idol, gaining high praise from local radio hosts, Riggs and Alley: “One of them that went through, walked into the room and just owned the room. We were like, ‘Oh my God! Who is this guy?’ Belted out Gnarls Barkley Crazy. He killed it.”

He went on to win many local and regional talent contests. His dynamic, charismatic and androgenous performances and style of dress is pioneering and groundbreaking in this music scene.

His first release was the single “Who You Wanna Be” in 2017 on a private record label. RAI’s first gig was at the infamous Milwaukee Pride. He was given the honor of performing on the legendary Miller Lite Mainstage where thousands of headlining entertainers have performed.

RAI also dedicates time to mentoring young talent on the business side of performing arts and music careers. He is currently curating a live band to bring his music to life and can’t wait to share his beautiful sounds with the rest of the world.

Listen to RAI on SoundCloud and connect with him on his website.