Michael Ray (singer)

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Michael Ray
Birth nameMichael Ray Roach
Born (1988-04-29) April 29, 1988 (age 31)
Eustis, Florida U.S.[1]
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
Labels
Websitemichaelraymusic.com

Michael Ray Roach (born April 29, 1988) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Warner Music Nashville. He has released two albums for the label: Michael Ray and Amos.

Biography[edit]

Ray was born in Eustis, Florida. He was inspired by his grandfather Amos "Wilson" Roach, who played music for him and taught him how to play guitar, in addition to having him perform at assisted living centers. Ray chose to form a band in southern Florida after graduating high school, and a disc jockey at WPCV began playing his music. He independently released an album in 2010, which was discovered by manager Tony Conway.[1]

Ray was mentored by John Rich of Big & Rich on the singing competition The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep, which he won. He and Rich co-wrote Big & Rich's 2015 single, "Run Away with You".[2] After winning the competition, Ray was signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The label released his debut single "Kiss You in the Morning", which went to number one on the Country Airplay charts in 2015. The album accounted for two more singles in "Real Men Love Jesus" and "Think a Little Less". Ray supported the album with a tour.[1]

Ray's second album, Amos, released in 2018. The album has accounted for three singles: "Get to You", "One That Got Away" and "Her World or Mine". Both of his albums were produced by Scott Hendricks.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On July 19, 2018, Ray announced that he was dating fellow country singer Carly Pearce.[3] They became engaged on December 19, 2018.[4] The two were married on October 6, 2019 near Nashville, Tennessee.[5]

In the early morning hours on December 20, 2017, Ray was arrested for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[7]
US
[8]
AUS
[9]
Michael Ray[10]
  • Release date: January 29, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Michael Ray 4 21 60
Amos
  • Release date: June 1, 2018
  • Label: Atlantic Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 53
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[7]
US Heat
[13]
Tour Bootleg
  • Release date: November 2014
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Formats: Digital download
Kiss You in the Morning EP
  • Release date: April 28, 2015
  • Label: Warner Bros. Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
37 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
US Country
[14]
US Country Airplay
[15]
US
[16]
CAN Country
[17]
CAN
[18]
2015 "Kiss You in the Morning" 10 1 55 13 73 Michael Ray
"Real Men Love Jesus" 28 17 44
2016 "Think a Little Less" 3 2 54 23
2017 "Get to You" 17 15 [A] 43 Amos
2018 "One That Got Away" 10 3 67 7
2019 "Her World or Mine" 38 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes

  1. ^ "Get to You" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number two on Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which acts as a 25-song quasi-extension of the Hot 100.[25]

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak
positions
Album
US Country
[14]
2015 "Another Girl" 50 Michael Ray

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2015 "Kiss You in the Morning"[28] Edgar Esteves
"Real Men Love Jesus"[29] Sam Siske
2016 "Think a Little Less"[30] Cody Kern
2017 "Think a Little Less"[31] Jack Guy
2018 "Get to You"[32] Unlisted
"Fan Girl"[33]
"Her World or Mine"[34]
"Summer Water"[35]
2019 "One That Got Away" Sean Hagwell[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Category Result
2016 American Country Countdown Awards Breakthrough Male of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Michael Ray biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. ^ Anderson, Danielle (September 13, 2015). "5 Things to Know About 'Kiss You in the Morning Singer' Michael Ray". People. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (July 19, 2018). "Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Confirm They're Dating". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ Stecker, Liv (December 22, 2018). "Carly Pearce and Michael Ray Are Engaged!". The Boot. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Kruh, Nancy (October 6, 2019). "They're Married! Michael Ray and Carly Pearce Tie the Knot in 'Whimsical' Wedding — All the Details". The Boot. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Ruiter, Jason. "Country star Michael Ray apologizes for DUI, promises to rebuild trust". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  7. ^ a b "Michael Ray Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #414". auspOp. April 1, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "Michael Ray - Michael Ray". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 3, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: January 3, 2017". Roughstock.
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 15, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: April 15, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  13. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Michael Ray Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  18. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  19. ^ Bjorke, Matt (8 September 2015). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: September 8, 2015". RoughStock. Sales figure given here
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Michael Ray – Kiss You in the Morning". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Michael Ray – Kiss You in the Morning". Music Canada.
  22. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 4, 2016). "The Top 30 Digital Country Singles: April 4, 2016". Roughstock.
  23. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 17, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: April 17, 2017". Roughstock.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Michael Ray – Think A Little Less". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  25. ^ "Michael Ray Chart History - Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 20, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: June 20, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  27. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 8, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Tracks: April 8, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  28. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Ray : Kiss You in the Morning". Country Music Television. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Ray : Real Men Love Jesus". Country Music Television. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Ray : Think A Little Less". Country Music Television. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  31. ^ "CMT : Videos : Michael Ray : Think A Little Less". Country Music Television. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  32. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (April 27, 2018). "Michael Ray Breaks Through the Barriers of Heartbreak in 'Get To You' Video: Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  33. ^ Crawford, Robert (April 23, 2018). "See Michael Ray's Stark 'Her World or Mine' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  34. ^ Levenson, Luke (May 8, 2018). "See Michael Ray's Stark 'Her World or Mine' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  35. ^ "'Summer Water' Video". YouTube. May 31, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  36. ^ "MICHAEL RAY TRAVELS TO MIAMI FOR 'ONE THAT GOT AWAY' VIDEO". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 23, 2019.

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