Ray Scott (singer)

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Ray Scott
Ray Scott Performing In Destin, FL, Aug 2014.jpg
Ray Scott at Toe Jam in Destin, Florida, Aug 27, 2014
Background information
Birth name Carlton Ray Scott, Jr.[1]
Origin Semora, North Carolina, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Acoustic guitar
Years active 2003–present
Labels Decibel Nashville, Warner Bros. Nashville, Jethropolitan
Associated acts Randy Travis, Clay Walker, Brandy Clark, Dave Brainard
Website http://www.rayscott.com

Carlton Ray Scott, Jr. (born in Semora, North Carolina) is an American country music artist. He started his first band at age 19, and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Music Business Institute. After receiving an associate's degree, he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he started another band before moving again, this time to Nashville, Tennessee. While there, Ray began writing songs, and landed two chart hits as a songwriter: "A Few Questions" by Clay Walker and "Pray for the Fish" by Randy Travis.[2]

He eventually signed to Warner Bros. Records as a singer in 2005, releasing the album My Kind of Music.[2] The album produced three singles in "My Kind of Music" (which peaked at number 39 on the Hot Country Songs charts[1]), "Gone Either Way," and "I Didn't Come Here to Talk." After the release of"I Didn't Come Here to Talk", Scott left Warner Bros. Records. Ray Scott became an independent artist and producer, releasing his second album, Crazy Like Me, in 2008 on self-owned Jethropolitan Records.

Scott experienced more success with his self-released Sirius XM hit single "Those Jeans" in 2012. That album 'Rayility' also received positive critical attention and was a collaboration between Ray Scott and Dave Brainard.

In 2014, Ray Scott took on new management and partnered with Nashville record producer Dave Brainard to start record label deciBel Nashville LLC. The first full-length record from Ray Scott on deciBel Nashville is the self-titled release Ray Scott, which features the single "Drinkin' Beer".

With his latest single; “Ain’t Always Thirsty” (from RAY SCOTT/co-written with Mark Stephen Jones), released to country radio nationwide in March, Ray Scott has been met with applause from country music enthusiasts. The track debuted on SiriusXM’s The Highway and the corresponding music video premiered on RollingStone.com. Ray showcased the tune live on Mornings With Storme Warren/SiriusXM, The Highway (April 9, 2015) and performed the song on The Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday, May 2, 2015 (appearing on the Opry for his 44th time).



Title Album details Peak chart
US Country US Heat
My Kind of Music 39 4
Crazy Like Me
  • Release date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Jethropolitan
  • Release date: September 16, 2011
  • Label: Jethropolitan
Ray Scott
  • Release date: October 10, 2014
  • Label: Jethropolitan
Guitar For Sale
  • Release date: June 9, 2017
  • Label: Jethropolitan
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2005 "My Kind of Music" 37 My Kind of Music
2006 "Gone Either Way" 53
"I Didn't Come Here to Talk"
2008 "Sometimes the Bottle Hits You Back" Crazy Like Me
2012 "Those Jeans" Rayality
2014 "What Works for Willie" Rayality (Deluxe)
"Drinkin' Beer" Ray Scott
2015 "Ain't Always Thirsty"
2017 "Livin' This Way" Guitar For Sale
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "My Kind of Music" Shaun Silva
2012 "Those Jeans" Marcel
2014 "Drinkin' Beer"[4] Sam White


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 371. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Monger, James Christopher. "Ray Scott biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 19, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: June 19, 2017". Roughstock. 
  4. ^ "Ray Scott – Drinkin' Beer". Yallwire. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 

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