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Michael Ray: 2017 Get to You Tour | Warrendale, PA | Jergel's Rhythm Grille | December 9, 2017
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Michael Ray: 2017 Get to You Tour
Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale

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When rising country singer Michael Ray made his first exploratory trip to Nashville, he got a life-changing piece of advice from an industry insider.
Go home.
He said, Dont move. The way the music industrys going to become, youre not going to be able to get a record deal just doing a showcase anymore. Youve got to bring something to the table, Ray said. He said, I want to you to go back to Florida, grab a band and become the biggest you can be in Florida on your own, and then I want you to come back. So I put a band together of friends of mine and we started to play.
Turns out it was the best thing Ray ever did. He built a rowdy fan base tilling the same fertile Southeastern soil Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan used to start their careers and returned to Nashville three years later to claim a record deal, a publishing contract and a few unexpected opportunities along the way.
Ray continued the journey from tiny Eustis, Florida, to the big time with the release of his first single Kiss You In The Morning. The debut single went #1 in just 24 weeks, an incredible achievement for anyone, let alone straight out of the gate. Rays second #1 single came not long after the first with Think A Little Less, also off of his debut self-titled album. With two #1s under his belt, Michael is undeniably making his mark on Country Music.
Scott Hendricks, Warner Music Nashvilles executive vice president of A&R and Rays producer, calls Ray country with an edge. Michael, hes got it all, said Hendricks, known for his work with Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn and Alan Jackson. He sings well. Hes a really seasoned entertainer. Girls find him not hard to look at. Hes got the drive, the motivation, the work ethic, the right attitude going into this thing. Hes been great to work with in the studio, just getting better and better every time were recording. He takes it seriously, and we do have really high hopes for him.
Something else Ray has? Authenticity.
Raised in rural central Florida an hour from Orlando, but worlds away, Ray grew up hunting alligators and fishing for tarpon at the end of white sand dirt roads. The child of a family full of musicians, he began his professional career before he was a teenager, graduated to the bar scene as soon as he could drive and hasnt let up on the pedal since.
When I was 9 years old I wanted to learn how to play. I started playing guitar with my grandfather. Two, three nights a week wed play community centers, Moose Lodges, assisted living homes, the VFW. I grew up with him on very, very old country music, I grew up playing Porter Wagoner, Bobby Bare, Earl Thomas Conley, Merle Haggard, Waylon - that was my first introduction to country music.
Not long after, he went to his first big concert: Garth Brooks in Orlando.
That was one of the big things that changed everything to me, Ray said. That was my visual of what I wanted to do. The show was the start of a chain of musical events that would help shape Rays dynamic, muscular, thoroughly modern sound. I started watching everything Garth did. And Gary Allan came out with It Would Be You. I started listening to my generations country. And then I started listening to my generations punk. And my generations rock n roll, my generations R&B, even a little bit of hip-hop. I could relate to all of this stuff.
He started writing his own songs, blending the ragged spirit of those early favorites and the bombastic new sounds of modern country around the turn of the century with pleasing bits and pieces from all over the musical map. What emerges in a thoroughly modern sound thats sonically adventurous, lyrically diverse and over the top on the voltage meter.
He is all about energy, energy, energy, both in his music and how he presents it on stage, Hendricks said. There arent very many moments where youre going to have time to rest when you watch him because theres a lot of energy hes putting out.
He developed the approach in a grassroots way, plying club owners and promoters with press packets that included music, fun facts and a headshot. His pitch: Dude, Ill play for free. Hed stay glued to the riser four and five hours a night at the bar, armored with an acoustic guitar and a growing repertoire of original songs. He put together his first band after returning from that early trip to Nashville and got his first break playing the Boots N Buckles Saloon in Lakeland, Florida, opening for Jason Michael Carroll.
A DJ who didnt give her name approached him after the set and took a CD with her. The next day a friend called to announce he was on the radio. That DJ turned out to be Sara Michaels of WPCV-97 Country and she started playing his music every day at 5:15 during the rush hour, Right between Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, Ray said with a smile.
The next time he came back to Lakeland, he sold out the club as a headliner. Not long after he graduated to some of the largest regional clubs, selling out Orlandos House of Blues, for instance, during presale multiple times a year.
He came to the conclusion hed hit the mark he was aiming for: There was nothing else I could do there on my own. I didnt know how to take that next step. It was time to move to Nashville, he shared a small apartment with his band. He slept on the floor. The bass player got the couch and the keyboard player had the closet all to himself.
He continued to spend about half his time on the road, traveling back and forth to the Deep South, and the work he was putting in began to pay off quickly. He soon met manager Tony Conway, a 40 year industry veteran and owner/CEO at Ontourage Management. Conway helped guide Ray to a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell Music and went on to sign a record deal with Warner Music Nashville.
Ray spent the past two years supporting his debut album with shows around the country, including Darius Ruckers Good For A Good Time tour with label mates Dan + Shay. After years on the road as a support act, opening for some of the most popular acts in the format including Rucker, Sam Hunt, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore, the singer/songwriter and performer just wrapped his headlining Think A Little Less tour. His live performances have been greeted with overwhelming success, with Digital Journal calling him infectious and Nash Country Daily declaring that he displays the energy and polish of a pro.

Now hes stretching the boundaries from state to state to state to stretch those fan bases, Hendricks said. Some guys kind of stop when they get here. This guy is a road warrior. Hes out there all the time, playing wherever they will allow him to play to build his fan base. We just need to get those fans some food, some new music to have.
When rarely not on the road, Michael has been spending time writing and recording for his second album. Ray is currently working on new music due later this year.
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Trumpet player Michael Ray spent approximately 15 years with the Sun Ra Arkestra before he took the leap and established a band of his own, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe. He had previously contributed to the sound of Kool & the Gang. While Sun Ra's outfit played free jazz, and Kool & the Gang was more of a contemporary funk outfit, Ray and his Cosmic Krewe have learned how to deliver their own type of funk to a jazz audience, as evidenced on the song "Earthrite." While the number gets the crowd moving in a big way every time during a live show, when Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe debuted with an eponymous release in 1994, it was decided that the mix was too much of a gamble. Evidence Music didn't include "Earthrite" on the release, although the song later found a place on Funk If I Know. In addition to leading the Cosmic Krewe, Ray still plays trumpet with the Arkestra. Tipping his hat to the late jazz visionary, Ray included a couple of Ra's numbers, "Yolinda" and "Latin Monkey," on his Funk If I Know release. Ray also played with Phish on the album Phish: A Live One, as well as on-stage, and he contributed to Surrender to the Air by Trey Anastasio. His other work includes a soundtrack for PBS. Based in New Orleans, Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe took home the honor of Best Funk Band in 1999 when the outfit appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Ray actually supervises a pair of ensembles named Cosmic Krewe -- one based in the Crescent City, the other in Burlington, VT, and the surrounding region. Members of both Krewes are represented on the Funk If I Know CD. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi

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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.

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Warrendale, PA 15086 (US)

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