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ROOTING FOR RAY: MICHAEL RAY REFLECTS ON TRADITIONAL ROOTS AS “THINK A LITTLE LESS” CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE SINGLES & SALES CHARTS

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  • ROOTING FOR RAY: MICHAEL RAY REFLECTS ON TRADITIONAL ROOTS AS “THINK A LITTLE LESS” CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE SINGLES & SALES CHARTS
    • 03.07.17

    NASHVILLE, TN - (March 7, 2017) –As Michael Ray continues to make his impact on country music with his Top 5 and rising single “Think A Little Less,” which currently serves as the lead off song on Spotify’s Hot Country playlist, he continually looks to those country artists who have inspired him along the way. The breakout artist doesn’t just talk about his musical heroes: he puts the music where his heart is.

    On his recent headlining “Think A Little Less Tour,” Ray paid homage with a stripped-down acoustic set featuring classic songs that have inspired him and laid the foundation of who he is as an artist including “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.

    “These are the songs and the artists that made me fall in love with country music,” said Ray, who honed that honest appreciation playing in his grandfather’s country band in the cow-towns of central Florida. “Imagine hearing, ‘Don’t close your eyes, let it be me.’ That moment is so powerful.” Whenever Ray gets the opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry, he always makes it a point to perform a classic country song that’s inspired him.

    The Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter became the only new male country artist to have a No. 1 single in 2015 with his song “Kiss You In The Morning.” Starting last fall, Ray reached fans across the country with 14 shows in just 45 days on his “Think A Little Less Tour” and, due to overwhelming fan response, expanded into 2017 with additional dates. After years on the road as a support act, opening for some of the most popular touring acts in the format including Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore, Ray is now bringing those experiences to his own headline shows.

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NASHVILLE, TN - (March 7, 2017) –As Michael Ray continues to make his impact on country music with his Top 5 and rising single “Think A Little Less,” which currently serves as the lead off song on Spotify’s Hot Country playlist, he continually looks to those country artists who have inspired him along the way. The breakout artist doesn’t just talk about his musical heroes: he puts the music where his heart is.

On his recent headlining “Think A Little Less Tour,” Ray paid homage with a stripped-down acoustic set featuring classic songs that have inspired him and laid the foundation of who he is as an artist including “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones.

“These are the songs and the artists that made me fall in love with country music,” said Ray, who honed that honest appreciation playing in his grandfather’s country band in the cow-towns of central Florida. “Imagine hearing, ‘Don’t close your eyes, let it be me.’ That moment is so powerful.” Whenever Ray gets the opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry, he always makes it a point to perform a classic country song that’s inspired him.

The Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville singer/songwriter became the only new male country artist to have a No. 1 single in 2015 with his song “Kiss You In The Morning.” Starting last fall, Ray reached fans across the country with 14 shows in just 45 days on his “Think A Little Less Tour” and, due to overwhelming fan response, expanded into 2017 with additional dates. After years on the road as a support act, opening for some of the most popular touring acts in the format including Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore, Ray is now bringing those experiences to his own headline shows.

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