Ray Dalton

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Ray Dalton
Ray Dalton 02.jpg
Ray Dalton in 2010
Background information
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 25)
Genres Gospel, hip hop, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, backing vocals
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011-present
Associated acts Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Arty, Mat Zo, Madcon
Website www.raydalton.com

Ray Dalton (born May 10, 1991) is an Grammy nominated American singer and songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. He began his career as a gospel and R&B singer.[1] Dalton gained prominence as the featured singer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2011 hit song "Can't Hold Us", which gained popularity when it was re-released as a single in early 2013.[1] The song was certified platinum in the U.S. in April 2013.[2] He has won two MTV Video Music Awards.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Dalton's mother is Mexican American and his father is African American.[2] He began singing at the age of 6 on the advice of his music teacher, joining the Seattle Children's Choir. He continued to sing through high school. He has described himself as a fan of Fleetwood Mac.[2] Dalton spent his senior year in high school listening to Missy Elliott, Amy Winehouse, and Kanye West, according to an interview with MTV News.[2]

Aside from music, Dalton is a tennis player who has worked as a tennis instructor.[1] He gave up teaching tennis following the success of "Can't Hold Us" to pursue a full-time career as a musician.[1] Dalton sings in the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seattle, as of 2013.[1]

Dalton's work drew the attention of producer Ryan Lewis, who had heard Dalton's singing on a song for another artist.[1] Lewis reached out to Dalton via Facebook.[1] Dalton soon began collaborating with Lewis and Macklemore in the studio.[1] The first song the trio worked on together was Macklemore's and Lewis' 2011 single, Wings.[1]

In June 2012, Dalton released his first single, So Emotional,[4] which was mixed by Ryan Lewis. He also announced he was working on his 'own project' to be called The Dalton Show.[5]

Dalton, Lewis and Macklemore created the hook for "Can't Hold Us" in one day.[1] Dalton shot his scenes for the single's music video while on tour in New Zealand in March 2013.



As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Album
2012 "So Emotional" N/A

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2010 "Kingdom Come"
(Dyno Jamz featuring Ray Dalton)
Dyno Jamz
2011 "Whisper"
(Camila Recchio featuring Ray Dalton)[17]
2012 "Need Your Love"
(Sol featuring Ray Dalton)
2013 "Can't Hold Us"
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton)
1 1 2 2 4 3 4 4 1 4 3 The Heist
2014 "Visceral"
(John Mark McMillan featuring Ray Dalton)
The Borderland Sessions
2015 "Don't Worry"
(Madcon featuring Ray Dalton)
82 25 52 5 2 4 28 14 8 54 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Unterberger, Andrew (2013-03-22). "Talking Tennis, Rachael Ray and "Can't Hold Us" with Macklemore Hook Man Ray Dalton". Popdust. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas, Rebecca (2013-04-30). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us': Decoding The Hook! Ray Dalton, the 22-year-old crooner behind the catchy chorus, talks to MTV News about the Seattle duo, that epic video and a few baffling lyrics.". MTV News. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ Willis, Kim (2013-08-26). "MTV VMAs: The winners and nominees". USATODAY. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  4. ^ So Emotional - Ray Dalton (Bandcamp)
  5. ^ RayDalton.com - Biography
  6. ^ Peak positions for singles in the US:
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  17. ^ "Camila Recchio - Whisper (feat. Ray Dalton) Official Music Video". YouTube. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2015-08-29. 

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