Kiss You in the Morning

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"Kiss You in the Morning"
Single by Michael Ray
from the album Michael Ray
Released February 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015 at Warner Bros. Records
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label Warner Bros. Nashville/Atlantic
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Michael Ray singles chronology
"Kiss You in the Morning"
"Real Men Love Jesus"

"Kiss You in the Morning"
"Real Men Love Jesus"

"Kiss You in the Morning" is a song recorded by American country artist Michael Ray. It was released on February 16, 2015 as the first single from Ray's major-label debut album.[1] The album, self-titled, was released on August 7.[2] The song was written by Justin Wilson and Michael White and produced by Scott Hendricks.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Country music blog Taste of Country reviewed the single favorably, saying that "The arrangement of this Florida-raised singer’s first single on Warner doesn’t separate it from much of what’s on the radio, but his lyrics and vocal performance do. He doesn’t use the song to show his range. It’s more of a storyteller’s track."[4] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a D grade, writing that "Ray’s a decent enough singer and the production is controlled, so it’s not memorable for being bad. Trouble is, it’s not really memorable at all."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Kiss You in the Morning" debuted at number 54 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of February 28, 2015.[6] It also debuted at number 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of March 28, 2015. It also debuted at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart for the week of May 9, 2015. It also debuted at number 50 on the Canada Country chart for the week of May 16, 2015. The song has sold 308,000 copies in the US as of September 2015.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Edgar Esteves and premiered in June 2015.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 73
Canada Country (Billboard)[10] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 55
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[14] 8
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 28


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (April 6, 2015). "Michael Ray's "Kiss You In The Morning" Breaks Top 30". Roughstock. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Michael Ray To Release Self-Titled Debut Album Next Month". All Access. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 10, 2015). "E.W. Adds Michael Ray Song To Spring Playlist". Roughstock. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Michael Ray, 'Kiss You in the Morning' [Listen]". Taste of Country. March 11, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (March 18, 2015). "Single Review: Michael Ray, "Kiss You in the Morning"". Country Universe. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (February 21, 2015). "Blackberry Smoke Top Country Albums Roost With Holding All the Roses". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 8, 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: September 8, 2015". RoughStock. Sales figure given here
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Ray : Kiss You in the Morning". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  9. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Best of 2015: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  15. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Michael Ray – Kiss You In The Morning". Music Canada. Retrieved December 21, 2017.