Thursday June 1
For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s thechildhood refuge he found during the pain of his parent's divorce. It’s family and stories, historyand hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more:Music made him. Ray has built animpressive foundation: four No. 1 songs–RIAA Platinum-certified “Think a Little Less,”RIAAPlatinum-certified “Whiskey And Rain,”RIAA Gold-certified “Kiss You in the Morning,”RIAA Gold-certified “One That Got Away”–plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,”brings his tally tofourGold-certified singles. Ray has garnered over 1 billion global streams,over 650,000 album equivalents, over 150 million YouTube views, and has performed at theGrand Ole Opryover65times.Two hit albums into that all-too-rare blend of critically acclaimedand commercially successful career, Ray releasedHigher Education.Proof that heartbrokenwallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey AndRain” marked his first multi-week No. 1,cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s bestsounds.Ray recently releasedThe Bootleggers Sessions,which features classic country covers,includingTracy Lawrence’s“Time Marches On,”George Strait’s “The Chair”and RandyTravis’s “Three Wooden Crosses,”followingThe Warehouse Sessions,oflive performances ofsongs fromHigher Education. Ray is gearing up to release more new music this spring and iscurrently in thestudio with award-winning producer Michael Knox.For more information, visitMichaelRayMusic.comor follow him onInstagramandTwitter@MichaelRayMusicandFacebook.com/MusicMichaelRay.