Michael Ray (OHIO Live)
with special guest Jon Langston
For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parent's divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him. Ray has built an impressive foundation: four No. 1 songs – RIAA Platinum-certified “Think a Little Less,” RIAA Platinum-certified “Whiskey And Rain,” RIAA Gold-certified “Kiss You in the Morning,” RIAA Gold-certified “One That Got Away” – plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to four Gold-certified singles. Ray has garnered over 1 billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents, over 150 million YouTube views, and has performed at the Grand Ole Opry over 65 times. Two hit albums into that all-too-rare blend of critically acclaimed and commercially successful career, Ray released Higher Education. Proof that heartbroken wallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey And Rain” marked his first multi-week No. 1, cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s best sounds. Ray recently released The Bootleggers Sessions, which features classic country covers, including Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On,” George Strait’s “The Chair” and Randy Travis’s “Three Wooden Crosses,” following The Warehouse Sessions, of live performances of songs from Higher Education. Ray is gearing up to release more new music this spring and is currently in the studio with award-winning producer Michael Knox. For more information, visit MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelRayMusic and Facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay.
Thursday, April 13, 2023, 8 PM
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium
Sponsored by Jackie Os