Song:Think A Little Less
Michael Ray parlayed a TV talent contest win into a record deal and the number one country music hit Think A Little Less. He is currently on tour. He was born Michael Ray Roach Apr. 29, 1988 in Eustis, FL which is a suburb of Orlando. His grandfather was a local country gospel musician and he taught Ray to play guitar and allowed him to tag along to gigs. After graduating high school, Ray played locally and was eventually noticed by manager Tony Conway who got him on the CW talent show The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep. You never heard of that one? There was only one season in 2012. John Rich of Big & Rich was Ray's mentor on the show. After Ray won the show, Rich got him a deal with Warner Nashville. First the EP Kiss You In The Morning was released. When the single was a top ten country hit, Ray recorded a full album with veteran producer Scott Hendricks. Hendricks produces Blake Shelton. Ray's debut album Michael Ray was released Aug. 2015. Think A Little Less topped the Country Singles chart. The song was written by Barry Dean, Jon Nite, Thomas Rhett and Jimmy Robbins. Rhett is a successful recording artist and the son of Rhett Akins. The other three guys are all veteran songwriters who have written plenty of hits. Ray has only one songwriting credit on the album. It's likely he will have more input about song selection on his next album. Until then, Ray was opening for Brantley Gilbert and Darius Rucker and he is still on tour. He also appeared in an episode of the CMT series Nashville. Here's the video for Think A Little Less by Michael Ray.