Ray Stephenson is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, recording artist, an intensely captivating live singer, guitar player, record producer, and virtuoso painter. "Music and painting for me are both sides of the same coin," Ray explains. "They both are lyrical, both involve singing, both tell stories, and reach inside and speak to others from what is coming from inside of me."
Ray studied Fine Art in college and has always been captivated by this medium of expression. As a musician and singer/songwriter himself, he has focused the majority of his artwork content on painting those iconic musicians that have been his musical inspiration. His paintings explore his love of color, texture, music and nature. Ray’s artistic influences are found in the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, Gustav Klimpt, Rembrandt and Andrew Wyeth. His fine art is highly sought after by art collectors and is a part of several prestigious private collections. He has exhibited his work in Nashville, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Atlanta. His art hangs in the homes of Willie Nelson, The Hank Williams estate and Oprah Winfrey.
As a songwriter, Ray was nominated for four Grammy awards and was the recipient of a Grammy in 2016 for ”Heroes”, a song he wrote with Guy Clark on the Grammy Award winning record, My Favorite Picture of You. Ray was named “CCMA Songwriter of the Year” in 2013 at the Canadian Country Music Awards. His song “Leaning on a Lonesome Song” went number one in Canada for 5 weeks and #1 on the European country chart. In 2011, Ray wrote title tracks for Blake Shelton’s album Red River Blue and Kenny Chesney’s album Hemingway's Whiskey, which both reached #1 on the Billboard Album Charts and were certified Platinum.
He has written songs for Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, John Anderson, Guy Clark and many more.As a recording artist, Ray has released four critically acclaimed albums.