Every once in a long while, a special artist comes along whose talent speaks for itself – one for whom a written bio cannot do justice. Michael Ray is that artist, with vocal abilities and powerful presence to match. This remarkably humble 21-year old Florida native leaves an indelible stamp on his audience and all those whom he touches with his music. Stop, look and listen.
Michael Ray, singer/songwriter whose music and live shows have been attracting audiences from all genres. His style has been compared to the likes of Gary Allan, Jeffrey Steele, Waylon Jennings, and Montgomery Gentry. His likeable personality, natural talent, and passion for music have enabled him to open for numerous acts including Darryl Worley, Chad Brock, Keith Anderson, Rodney Atkins, Jeff Bates, Emerson Drive and Little Texas.
It wasn’t long before he started expressing himself further by actually penning his own material. "My family has made me very grounded and I believe that this comes through in my song writing. I write things that you can relate to if you are 15 or 50. That is important to me…that the song means something." This thoughtful approach is evident in Ray’s first record, which he recorded with Austin musician/producer Dwight Baker (Kelly Clarkson, Alana Grace, Bleu Edmondson). Ray, who has a true ability to translate his emotions into song, wrote eight of the 16 cuts which he recorded at Ocean Way Studios Nashville. Several people heard Ray in 2008 and one stated "Michael has all the elements that I think it takes to be a successful artist in music today." "My belief in this artist is off the charts. He is really something special."
Michael performs all around the South East area with his band at various venues and festivals. The combination of Michael's distinct tone, skillful writing, and determination make him a refreshing addition to the world of country music!