Michael Ray

Michael Ray

by Michael Ray


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Michael Ray won the CW televised musical competition The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep in 2012, assisted by the mentorship of Big & Rich's John Rich. Ray didn't deliver a full album for another three years, but that's a sign of how deliberately the Nashville machine can move when they know they have somebody with real potential in their hands. Ray did some work behind the scenes, co-writing Big & Rich's single "Run Away with You" with Rich, but the real energy was channeled to his eponymous debut, produced by Scott Hendricks and released in the summer of 2015. The debut is canny commercial contemporary country, pitched halfway between the big, bright punch of bro country and the sentimental side of Rich's associated artists. Ray is better served by the former than the latter: he can handle a nicely modulated ballad, like "Look Like This," but stumbles on the laundry list of red-state necessities in "Real Men Love Jesus," never letting the calculation seem like anything less than pandering. Pick the tempo up, though, and he's a friendly, personable purveyor of country-pop, whether he's singing a love song ("Kiss You in the Morning") or threatening to burn this mother down ("Livin' It Up," which never gets too wild, no matter the threats). Michael Ray still seems a bit like a personality tailor-made for television -- he's prettier on the album cover than he is on record, where he's merely amiable -- but his debut is an expertly made piece of modern country product that pleases and, if it gets the right break on radio, could even wind up as memorable.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2015
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624926931
catalogNumber: 549778
Rank: 32127

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Ray   Primary Artist
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Rojas   Piano,Hammond B3
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tony Lucido   Bass
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Judge   Piano,Hammond B3
Dave Cohen   Piano,Hammond B3
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jeff Balding   Engineer
Barry Dean   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,Engineer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Michael White   Composer
Adam Sanders   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Lance Miller   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Justin Luffman   Management
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Composer
Ryan Gore   Engineer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Marty Dodson   Composer
Zach Crowell   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Thomas Rhett   Composer
Justin Wilson   Composer
Michael Ray   Composer,Liner Notes
Nicolle Galyon   Composer
Tucker Beathard   Composer

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