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Jimmy Ray / Bio

Jimmy grew up in Lonoke, Arkansas. He was raised on Southern Gospel music, with his family touring churches and venues all over Arkansas throughout his childhood. His mother decided to make a trio with her three sons. So, Jimmy at 9, Mark at 8 and Timothy at 6 began learning traditional gospel songs in three-part harmony. Before long, the three were sporting matching three-piece suits, while performing in churches that they would frequent.

Jimmy began to be influenced by the country music of the '70's and '80's. The Gatlin Brothers, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and many others were frequenting his 8 track player. He learned piano and bass while growing into his teenage years. And performed with his parents and brother as they traveled Arkansas singing gospel music. Just about every weekend they traveled for about 6yrs.

At 18, Jimmy began writing. He had moved to Kentucky with his family and began playing in some local country bands. He eventually found himself working on the road with several bands...opening for many country artists. One of the highlights of his career was performing at the Astrodome in Houston between Clay Walker and Willie Nelson. Another memorable moment was opener for Toby Keith's 1st cd release party in Oklahoma City at Chastains.

Jimmy's writing cranked up a notch in 2002. He had opened a restaurant in Missouri Valley, Iowa called the Bluegrass Cafe. While in his business one day, a man by the name of Johnny J walked in. He was a seasoned fellow that had written over 300 songs. He was in town for the bluegrass festival, put on by Bob Everhart, founder of the Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame. After taking down an acoustic guitar that was hanging on the wall, Jimmy played a couple of songs that he had written. Johnny J was certain Jimmy should keep writing. That inspiring moment would be the catalyst for Jimmy to begin writing a string of songs in a matter of weeks.

Jimmy now performs his songs while doing solo gigs around Southern Arkansas. He also performs in his band Lariat a few times a month. Writing country songs is his passion.

General Info

Artist Name
Jimmy Ray
Profile Page
Country / Country

Contact Info

Little Rock, AR
JP Promotions

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