Michael Ray Drove North To Make His Dream A Reality

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Over the past four years, Michael Ray has become well known in the country music scene. He’s been grabbing the attention of critics all across the U.S. with the release of “Kiss You In The Morning” and “Think A Little Less” on his debut album. With millions of streams on Spotify, it is undeniable that Ray’s sweet, soulful, southern sound was made for the world to hear.

Growing up in Eustis, Florida, Ray always found music to be comforting. Influenced by his father and grandfather’s musical taste; Bruce Springsteen, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd shaped his love for music. Music brought his family together. From family jam sessions and his grandfather teaching him how to play guitar, to performing small gigs around town.  

With a dream to move to Nashville, Tennessee in pursuit of a music career, Ray began to make his dream a reality. Though the move was 12 years ago, Ray remembers the day like it was yesterday. Upon his arrival, Ray anxiously awaited a meeting with the David Preston, now a Director at Broadcast Music, INC (BMI).

After playing an early demo for Preston, he recommended that Ray head back to Eustis to build a reliable fanbase before moving to Nashville. Such honesty would scare away most, but Ray turned his advice into encouragement. Ray made trek back to Florida and went straight to work. Within a few years, Ray was performing all across Florida.

Ray was approached and asked to compete in a reality show on the CW called The Next. He accepted the offer and ultimately went on to win the competition! Ray landed a record deal with Warner Brothers and sparked a friendship with John Rich of Big & Rich. Rich was a mentor to Ray, and guided him in songwriting, business decisions, and key industry connections. Ray even helped co-write Big & Rich’s single “Run Away With You.”

In June of 2018, Ray released his sophomore album, “Amos,” titled in honor of his grandfather. The album went on the debut Top 3 on the Billboard Country Charts and showcased hit singles “Get to You” and “One That Got Away.” Whether he’s performing at major festivals like Stagecoach or classic venues like the Opry, Ray’s genuine style resonates with fans. Ray is endlessly grateful for every show he gets to play, and for every person that purchases a ticket to see him perform live. You won’t want to miss his set this year at Live In The Vineyard Goes Country so enter our photo contest on Instagram for your final chance to win tickets!