Bio

Birthname: Raymond Christopher Jackson
Birthdate: May 19th, 1966
Birthplace: Panorama City, California
Code Name: The Heavy Metal Warrior
Marital Status: Married (Common-Law)
HT: 6’3”  WT: 195  Hair: Blonde  Eyes: Blue 
Rides: 1999 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 2.0
             1963 Volkswagen Transporter Kombi Bus
Weapons: 2002 B.C. Rich N.J. Series Warlock Guitar
                  2004 B.C. Rich N.J. Innovator Bass Guitar


Ten favorite Movies:

Flashdance
A League Of Ordinary Gentlemen
The Fast And The Furious Saga
Austin Powers
8 Mile
Heavy Metal
The Star Wars Saga
Slap Shot
Any Given Sunday
Escape From New York

Ten Favorite Bands/Artists:

S.O.D.: Stormtroopers Of Death
Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne
Rammstein
Pantera
Slayer
Machine Head
Jimi Hendrix
Motorhead
Paul Hardcastle/Jazzmasters
The Grateful Dead


Favorite Sports Franchise:

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
(National Football League)

Favorite Athlete:

Rob Van Dam (RVD)
(Professional Wrestler)


Biggest Professional Influence:

Billy Milano
(Legendary New York Hardcore
Vocalist & Founder, S.O.D.- 1985)

Biggest Personal Hero:

Cindy Margolis
(Model/Actress, Class Of 1984,
Erikson Center, Tarzana, CA)


Favorite Portable Audio Setup:

Apple iPod nano 6G 16GB MP3 Player
FiiO E5 Portable Headphone Amplifier
Sony MDR-EX90SL Stereo Earphones

Current Bowling Ball Arsenal:

Storm Invasion Solid Reactive
Storm Hy-Road Hybrid Reactive
Ebonite Optyx Skull Polyester


Favorite Football Clubs:

Arsenal FC (English Premier League)                                             VfL Wolfsburg (Deutsche Fuβball-Bundesliga)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seattle Sounders FC (Major League Soccer)                 

All-Time Favorite Bowlers:

Brian Voss
Danny Wiseman
Norm Duke


All-Time Favorite TV Shows:

Law & Order
ABC Sports' Professional Bowlers Tour
CBC Hockey Night in Canada

All-Time Favorite Guitarists:

Jimi Hendrix
Kerry King
Eddie Van Halen


Most Important Value Ever Learned:

From the 1983 movie Flashdance: “You have to overcome your fears in order to achieve your goals and realize your dreams… just go for it”.

That’s why I started in this business back in 1994, because I believe in myself, and in my abilities, and for me at the least, THAT’S what me being both The Heavy Metal Warrior®, and also AK47, is REALLY all about... overcoming obstacles, and breaking down barriers, and also, showing the world that mentally disabled people like myself CAN do a LOT more that just ‘sit in a corner and just twiddle our thumbs’ if we just put our minds to it.

That in part, along with my three HMW™ Values, which are Hard Work, Sheer Guts, and Gritty Determination, is how I became both a Legend™ and a folk hero for the mentally ill as well as that of the disadvantaged and also the challenged.
I may be mentally disabled, but I am certainly not stupid, nor am I unwilling to learn, after all, that, is how I will stay in this business.


Personal:

Ray suffers from a combination of ADHD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Delay, and he is currently living in the Victorian Seaport city of Port Townsend, Washington with his common-law wife and love of his life since 1989, Alice Yantz.
He has been a Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders NFL Football fan since 1982, and a Los Angeles Kings NHL Hockey fan since 1975 (his family had season tickets from 1977-87, before they moved to Port Townsend from L.A. in 1987).

Lost his mother, Joanna, to brain cancer on August 15th, 2000, graduated from the notorious Erik and Joan Erikson Center for Adolescent Advancement and High School located in Tarzana, California, on June 15th, 1984, and ironically enough, was also a former classmate of and is inspired by legendary internet supermodel and actress, Cindy Margolis, who was referred to Erikson Center by Ray’s fellow Class Of 1984 co-graduate, the former Tracy Berg, back in 1983.

He enjoys in-line skating, bowling in league with Alice, recording in his studio, working on his computer, and doing preventative maintenance on both of his Volkswagens, and he also has a strong hatred towards all Republican politicians and their policies.

During his spare time, Ray enjoys listening to 1960s-70s classic and acid-trip/hippie/groovy/psychedelic rock, plus rap/hip-hop, R & B/funk/groove, punk/hardcore, speed/thrash/death and classic metal, and also classic and smooth jazz, all part of his impressive collection of over 2000 records (LPs and 45s), tapes (cassette and 8-track), CDs, MiniDiscs, VHS tapes, and DVDs.

He also owns a huge arsenal of equipment, gear, apparel, and accessories from brands like Case Logic, Storm, Sony, Nike, Starter, Everest, and Oakley among them, and also owns an extensive lineup of Atari 5200 video game cartridges, controllers, and accessories that he has been collecting since 1983, mostly acquired until 1987, or most recently, either through eBay, or other online sites.

Ray admits he is a hardcore Sony MiniDisc fanatic, he got turned on to that extremely popular audio recording and versatile multimedia storage format and its many various offsprings, including MD-Data, MDLP, Net MD, and Hi-MD, in 1998 by his best friend and manager/booking agent and mentor in the music business since 1994.