More New Music On the Way Following Latest Release “Picture” and Current Radio Hit “Whiskey And Rain”
Hot off the heels of his latest release “Picture,” Michael Ray invites fans to join him on his 21-stop 2021 Just The Way I Am Tour, kicking off later this month in Myrtle Beach, S.C. before wrapping Nov. 14 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Tickets are available at MichaelRayMusic.com.
“I can’t wait to be back out on the road and be with all of you again,” shares Ray. “There’s nothing better than being with one another and singing the songs that have brought us together over the years, and I’m so excited to share some new songs with you that have come to mean so much to me. Let’s make some memories!”
Written shortly after the unexpected passing of his Uncle Terry and penned with Michael Hardy and David Garcia, “Picture” is about memories made and memories still to make, with American Songwriter sharing the track “captures both the existential crisis and the understanding to celebrate life that often comes during the grieving process,” while MusicRow boasts, “Because one day all you will have is the memory and a photo. A lovely sentiment, a pretty melody and a sincere performance. What’s not to love?”
No stranger to the importance of taking time to reflect, the past year has allowed the Florida-native to reconnect with himself and put pen to paper more than ever before.
“In a lot of ways, I realized that I was lost and putting effort and importance on things that were probably not important,” Ray shared with American Songwriter. “Being able to be back home and hang with family and friends and actually be there…it was a soul cleanser. It sounds weird, but I reintroduced myself to myself in a way. Especially in what we do, it’s so fast paced, and you can’t put someone else’s story and compare it to your own. God made one of you, and you have a story. Don’t compare yourself or be down on yourself when God gave you this journey, and it’s yours. Own it.”
The first of many new tracks from the hitmaker, Ray’s current single “Whiskey And Rain”– praised by Rolling Stone for “embracing a natural throwback country sound”– is currently climbing the charts at country radio as it nears 25 million on-demand streams. A special Warehouse Sessions live version of the track is available now. Listen HERE.
The last 12 months have also seen Ray reach a milestone of garnering over 100 million views on his YouTube channel, with the video for “Her World Or Mine,” starring Chad Michael Murray, capturing over 25 million views alone. Additionally, Ray created his hugely successful livestream series, Honkytonk Tuesday. Showcasing his love for classic country, Honkytonk Tuesday drew in over 700,000 views in 2020 and placed him at No. 32 on the 2020 Pollstar Top 100 Livestreamers year-end list. “Picture” and “Whiskey And Rain” follow two hit albums, three No. 1s and five RIAA Gold-certified singles, including “One That Got Away,” “Think A Little Less” and “Her World Or Mine.” Keep an eye out for more new music, coming soon.
"Just The Way I Am" Tour Dates (Headlining unless otherwise noted):
June 13 - Carolina Country Music Fest - Myrtle Beach, SC (*Support to Luke Combs)
June 14 - Wind Jammer - Isle of Palms, SC
June 18 - Dr. Pepper Park - Roanoke, VA
June 19 - Country Fest - North Lawrence, OH (*Support to Sam Hunt and Russell Dickerson)
June 26 - Smokin’ Summer Jam - Birmingham, AL
July 10 - Red River Valley Fair - Fargo, ND (*Support to Chris Young)
July 17 - Timberwood Amphitheater - Hot Springs, AR
July 23 - Power Plant Live - Baltimore, MD
July 24 - Pinehaven Country Club - Guilderland, NY
July 25 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
July 31 - Cam-Plex Heritage Center - Gillette, WY
Aug. 6 - Antelope County Fair - Neligh, NE
Aug. 21 - Brown County Fair - Aberdeen, SD (*Support to Nelly)
Aug. 22 - Central State Fair - Rapid City, SD (*Support to Kip Moore)
Aug. 25 - The Pageant - St. Louis. MO
Sept. 3 - Ozark Amphitheater - Camdenton, MO (*Support to Brantley Gilbert)
Sept. 4 - Touchdowns & Tunes - Paducah, KY (*Support to Brantley Gilbert and Ashley McBryde)
Sept. 10 - Washington State Fair - Puyallup, WA
Sept. 18 - Swine N Dine - Paxton, IL
Sept. 23 - Island Hopper Songwriters Festival - Ft. Myers, FL
Nov. 14 - Tortuga Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (*Support to Jon Pardi)