Kelly Ray has the look of a country music singer - most importantly, he has a voice that'll make you want to hug your mama, jump on a train, spend the night in jail, buck dance on the courthouse steps, and cry in your Starbucks' frappucino with two shots of expresso.
Kelly Ray has recently released his third CD titled From the Heart of Kelly Ray. Some of the songs from this CD can now be heard on some of the radio stations in Georgia.
One of the amazing things about Kelly Ray's CD, besides his voice, is that he wrote all of the songs on the album. The titles include "Somewhere in Between," "Never Hurt Again," "I'm Not Blind," "I Want to be Your Only Man," and "Phone Call From Daddy," the first song he ever wrote.
The CD also features his daughter, Krissy, 16, singing back-up harmony on "Phone Call From Daddy" and other songs. Krissy is a talent in her own right, having been designated as the "Top Female Vocalist" at the Colorado Country Music Festival. Most recently, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Rocky Mountain Vocal Jazz Camp this summer.
Apparently, music runs in Kelly Ray's family. "I was brought up in a musical family," said Kelly Ray. "My dad sang, played the rhythm guitar, and wrote songs. I always admired him and wanted to follow in his footsteps."
At a very young age, Kelly Ray began playing the drums in his father's band. By the time he was 20, he was writing, singing, and recording his own songs as well as "fronting" his own bands. His other CDs are titled Home Grown Country and Country Favorites.
For the past 17 years, he has lived in Colorado where he worked as a glazier on sky scrapers until he decided to devote himself to music full time. Currently, he and his band, known as "Kelly Ray and Santa Fe," perform all over Colorado and the surrounding states.
In fact, he has received numerous awards for his musical accomplishments, was named the "Entertainer of the Year" at the Colorado Country Music Festival.
"These honors are nice, but the greatest reward is knowing that I'm writing songs that touch people's lives," said Kelly Ray. "Every song tells a story of some kind and in doing so, re-connects listeners with their own memories. Seeing my music make people happy and enjoy themselves is what drives me - I love to entertain."
Thank you for your intrest in these songs, I hope you enjoy them. Please visit my fan club at www.kellyrayonline.com, Musically yours, Kelly Ray.