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Brandon Ray

Brandon Ray

"We work all week, in a smokestack town. Til the freakin weekend comes rolling around! Brandon Ray belts  out  intermixed  with  infectious  handclaps  on  the  chorus  of  this  new  track American  Way,  a  song that encapsulates the best elements of country and good ole rock n roll.  The West-Texas native knows a thing or two about the American Way.  At a young age his parents instilled the notion to follow his passion while emphasizing the importance of hard work. In the early days I used to  barricade  myself  in  my  room  for  hours  and  emerge  with  a  horrible excuse  for  a  song  and  annoy  my parents  with  it.   They  did  nothing  but  encourage  me  to  keep  going.   In  a  way,  they were  my  first publishers, Ray laughs. Music  was  ever-present  in  his  childhood  home.   His  father  had  a  deep  love  for  legendary  rockers  like Stevie  Ray  Vaughan  and  Steely  Dan,  while  his two  brothers  introduced  him  to  the  musical  greats Metallica,  Mellencamp  and  Nirvana.   Rays  mother  kept  a  prominent  force  of  country  music  throughout the household with the help of icons such as George Strait and Johnny Cash.Despite the house filled with music, his first love was baseball and he dreamed of pitching for the Texas Rangers, but was benched after two foot surgeries that ultimately shifted his focus to playing guitar and songwriting. By  age  13, Ray  had  saved  enough money  to  buy  his  first  guitar  and  hasnt  looked  back  since.  Everything from  that  point  on  has  been  a  means  to  an  end  in  an  effort  to  achieve  his  American  Dream.  Hes  held every  job  imaginable; lawn  care,  delivery  boy,  waiter,  construction  worker,  guitar  teacher  and  even lifeguard  -  where  he  once  resuscitated  a  boy  who  nearly  drowned  at  the city  pool.  Brandon  still  gets Christmas  cards from the  boys  family.   At  18  he was  out  on  the  road with  his  first  band  and played  750 shows in 3 years including  supporting the likes of Fall Out Boy, Switchfoot and grueling summers on Vans Warped Tour. After  arriving  in  Nashville,  Brandon  landed  a  publishing  deal  with  Sony/ATV,  representation  at  CAA, toured playing guitar for Brett Eldredge and has lent vocals to numerous demos for various publishers and songwriters...all while developing his own sound.  His new batch of songs are smothered in the American richness that Brandon has soaked up crisscrossing the heartland.  One part country, one part rock n roll, but all heart, the new songs sew together his wide variety  of  influences,  like  a  patchwork  quilt.   On  the  track That  Could  Be  Us,  the  romantic  idealist approaches  love  with  the  same  hopefulness  he  applies  to  his  career.   Ray  paints  a  vivid  picture  of potential love when he sings, That song on the radio, in your head like a movie.  You can see it when you close your eyes, that moment when a boy meets girl.  Their world aint never gonna be the same.Its  been  a  long  road  from  Big  Spring  to  selling  t-shirts  &  CDs for  gas  to  opening  for  Taylor  Swift.   But  it wont  be long  before  that road  is  sound  tracked  by Brandon  Rays  explosive  choruses  blaring  on  country radio as he rolls on.   A boy can dream.