MICHAEL RAY CLAIMS NO. 32 ON THE 2020 POLLSTAR TOP 100 LIVESTREAMERS LIST
- 01.15.21MICHAEL RAY CLAIMS NO. 32 ON THE 2020 POLLSTAR TOP 100 LIVESTREAMERS LIST
In a year of trials and tribulations brought on by COVID-19, artists everywhere took to virtual shows to stay connected to fans. Hitmaker Michael Ray embraced the challenge with his weekly Honkytonk Tuesday series, showcasing his appreciation for classic country. Originating in March 2020, the series collected over 700,000 views and landed Ray at No. 32 on the 2020 Pollstar Top 100 Livestreamers Year End list. He will continue his online presence by returning to the historic Grand Ole Opry stage on January 30 for the Opry Livestream at 7:00pm CT, marking his 55th appearance.
Following a year of uncertainty and heartbreak, Ray is looking to a brighter future in 2021 as his new single “Whiskey And Rain”charts on the Mediabase Country chart. Written by Jesse Frasure and Josh Thompson, the authentic Ross Copperman-produced track has already garnered more than eight million streams since its fall release. MusicRow describes the single as “tap[ping] into the moody, sultry, darker sounds of the ‘90s,” while Billboard notes “the tune is a throwback to brooding songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s with solid production by Ross Copperman highlighting Ray’s vulnerable delivery.”
“Whiskey And Rain,” described by Rolling Stone “equal parts Ronnie Milsap and Gary Allan, a mix of the piano man’s Eighties swing and the Nineties lonesomeness of Allan’s Smoke Rings in the Dark,” follows two hit albums, three No. 1s and five RIAA Gold-certified singles, such as “One That Got Away,” “Think A Little Less” and “Her World Or Mine.” Ray continues to write for his current project, coming soon.
About Michael Ray
For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him. In four short years, Ray has built an impressive foundation. Three No. 1 songs “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less,” and “One That Got Away,” plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to five Gold-certified singles. The poignant “Her World or Mine”––the third song off of his sophomore album Amos––also produced a video that has captured more than 19 million YouTube views since its debut less than a year ago. Now, two hit albums into that all-too-rare blend of critically acclaimed and commercially successful career, Ray has released “Whiskey and Rain,” the first single off of his upcoming project produced by GRAMMY-nominated song whisperer Ross Copperman. Proof that heartbroken wallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey and Rain” has garnered over eight million streams since its release, cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s best sounds. Learn more about Ray at MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelRayMusic and Facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay.https://www.michaelraymusic.com/news/michael-ray-claims-no-32-2020-pollstar-top-100-livestreamers-list-766