Los Angeles native Cat Gray has been playing music since he was very young. He began at age 12, playing his first drum kit. This took him to some very big places, including positions in The California All-Star Youth Symphony and the McDonald’s All-American All-Star Marching Band.
At this point in his career, Gray has performed and recorded with some of the most prominent names in the music industry, including James Brown, Prince, Sheila E, Stevie Nicks, Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, Sly Stone, Zakir Hussein, Heart, Michael McDonald, Jessica Simpson, Take 6, Chaka Khan, Paul Anka, Solomon Burke, Jane Child, Sheila E, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Wayne Newton, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, Mary J. Blidge, Isaac Hayes, RuPaul, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Kenny G and El DeBarge.
On television, his credits including making music for shows such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “Racheal Ray” and “The Wayne Brady Show.” Gray’s work with Brady led him to the opportunity to perform in Brady’s own music and comedy shows.
Gray is known to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all musical styles, especially big band swing, traditional country and bluegrass, Indian and 20th century classical music.
However, Cat is currently best-known for his work as the musical director for the CBS Daytime revival of “Let’s Make a Deal.”
The current revival of “Let’s Make a Deal” began airing in October of 2009, and Cat Gray joined the show in 2011.
“Let’s Make a Deal” is an American game show that first began production in 1963. It has spread around the world and been produced on and off since its inception. It was created and produced by Stefan Hatos and Monty Hall originally; Hall hosted the show for years. After him, Bob Hilton, Billy Bush and Wayne Brady have all hosted the shows, along with a variety of different assistants, narrators, musicians and composers.
“Let’s Make a Deal” has thousands of episodes recorded throughout its storied history.
The game show is played using a format in which members of the audience, called “traders,” make deals with the host. Often, traders are offered something valuable and then allowed to exchange it for something else. The show hinges the fact that the other item is hidden, so the trader cannot know if he or she is exchanging for something better or worse. The “zonk” prize, as it is referred to, is the dud prize, and it is always a possibility.
He won a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Song for a song titled “30,000 Reasons to Love Me,” composed by Gray and performed by Gray. In addition to composed songs, Gray has a spontaneous soundtrack style that allows him to improvise on the spot during the show. It is one of his trademarks as a composer and as a musician.
Gray married musician Jane Child in 2004. Real name Jane Richman, Child is a Canadian singer and musician known for her hit song “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love.” She has unique fashion and hair styles, along with piercings, and she is well-known for these fashion choices.
Child, 50, was born in Toronto into a music family. Her father, the late Ricky Hyslop, was a noted Canadian classical musician. Child joined the Canadian Opera Company’s children’s chorus when she was young, when she was a classically trained pianist.
She left school at age 15 and began touring with a band, playing the synthesizer and lending her voice to the band. She also worked various musical jobs, including working as an organ player, playing in piano bars and performing commercial jingles.
She made a demo and signed with a label, moving to New York and then to Los Angeles. She left the label, however, due to her adamancy on producing her own material. She signed with Warner Bros. Records, releasing a self-titled debut album in 1989. She wrote, produced and performed all the music on the synthesizer. The press referred to her as “the female Prince” due to her musical style and desire for control over her artistic material.
Her second album was released in 1993, and a third came out in 2001.
Gray and Child’s marriage was revealed in May of 2004, when she appeared on “The Wayne Brady Show” and performed “Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” live.