Ragan began her musical studies at the age of 5, after her parents discovered her proclivity for music. A piano, a drum set, and a violin later, Ragan focused her energies on playing the flute and studying classical music.
As she got older, Ragan discovered another love: Songwriting and Arranging. After winning numerous competitions in both performance and music composition throughout the United States, Ragan attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Harid Conservatory, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Her due diligence paid off; she penned more than 1/2 of her debut disc, Class Axe .
Upon her return to New York in pursuit of her musical dream, Ragan switched gears from Classical to Jazz, Funk, and R&B. This buzzworthy artist has performed and/or recorded with various musicians throughout the US, including Chieli Minucci, Earl Klugh, Gerald Veasley, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Eric Darius, Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, and Grammy Award winning opera singer Esther Hinds, and Bob Baldwin.
Ragan has also written songs onmultiple albums, including Bob Baldwin’s “The American Spirit” (Shanachie), the multi-faceted collection “Brown Sugar” (Shanachie) and March 2008, New Urban Jazz (NuGroove).
In addition to her musical skills, the multi-talented Whiteside is also a web-designer. Check out her self-designed site, RaganWhiteside.com. This Mt. Vernon, NY native is also honing her audio engineering skills, which would then make her a quadruple threat!!
With so many talents, one never knows how you’ll hear from… or see this extraordinary Artist in the future. For starters, we urge you to check out her encore Cap Jazz performance this summer, and remember that we told you so… Consider yourself warned!!