- Sandi Saraya – Lead vocals
- Tony “Bruno” Rey – Guitar and vocals
- Gary “Skid” Taylor – Bass and vocals
- Chuck Bonfante – Drums
- Saraya (1989)
- When The Blackbird Sings… (1991)
- Westwood One Live (1989)
Intro(EDIT)Saraya is a female fronted glam metal band from New Jersey. They were formed in 1987 from the carcasses of Alsace Lorraine and Swift Kick.
Sandi Saraya Salvador (born 31st December 1962) and Gregg Munier played in a band called Alsace Lorraine. They got signed to the Polygram label on the strength of three songs but had commitment problems with the other band members. A new guitarist and rhythm section would need to be recruited to continue with the record deal. Drummer Chuck Bonfonte and bass player Gary Taylor came down to an audition bringing Danger Danger guitarist Tony Rey with them. The chemistry was excellent so they knew it would work. The line-up was complete so they began writing songs ditching the name Alsace Lorraine in favour of the unusual but unique “Saraya”.
The self titled debut album took just over one month to record and was in the shops before any live shows were played. It was released on April 4th 1989 spending 39 weeks on the Billboard 200 peaking at #79. The band attracted media attention and was tagged “The Next Bon Jovi”. The first single “Love Has Taken Its Toll” peaked at #64 on the Billboard 100 with the follow up single “Back To The Bullet” peaking at #63.
The non album track “Timeless Love” was featured in the 1989 Wes Craven movie “Shocker” and was released on an official soundtrack. Saraya’s second and final album was released in 1991.
Saraya went through line-up and management changes after the first album. Barry Dunaway replaced Gary Taylor on bass. Gregg Munier parted company with the band after recording the keyboards and additional background vocals for the second album. Munier was not happy with the musical direction of “When The Blackbird Sings…” as it was more guitar oriented. He was replaced by John Riggio.
Changing management was expensive, time consuming and drained Sandi creatively. By the time the new material was released the music scene had changed direction with grunge being the main focus. The second album “When The Blackbird Sings…” and the singles “Hitchin’ A Ride” plus “Seducer” suffered from poor sales causing Saraya to split shortly after.
Many years later tragedy struck on the 3rd of February 2006 when Gregg Munier died from complications with Flu that turned to Pneumonia. He was 44 years old.
Sandi was once married to Tesla bass player Brian Wheat. She is currently married to actor Brendan Kelly and is rumoured to be bringing up five children.
A rare demo has found its way on to many internet file sharing sources. Titled “Demos 82-89″ it features 17 previously unreleased tracks from the early years. The quality of some of these recordings is poor.
Saraya are to play a reunion gig in the UK at Firefest. The event is to be held at Nottingham Rock City in late October 2010. The line-up will consist of the four original remaining members.
It has now been confirmed that Saraya have cancelled their reunion at Firefest 2010.
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