From Tommy Ray

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Creating music was always in the cards. To see the first evidence of this, one needs only look at my kindergarten’s career day in the small town of Statham, Georgia. I had my future lined up in front of me already. When it was my turn, I stood up in front of the class, and said, “I want to drive trucks, drink beer and play guitar,” I told my classmates, much to my teacher’s dismay and embarrassment to my mother who was present for career day.

Of course, my feelings on the first two subjects changed much over the years, but my love of music has grown ever sharper. My debut release, “Crossroads,” released March 2015, is the culmination of nearly a decade honing my skills as a songwriter and performer, with some God-given American heart for good measure.

My musical career began to take shape when I first hit the stage in 2006, only four years after I decided to finally pick up the guitar. Even then, it was clear to audiences at the venues I frequented that my songs, which employ a myriad of inspiration, wouldn’t be so easily categorized.

“I believe my music is my inner voice screaming aloud, expressing my emotion, thoughts and life experiences.” “I like to write what I feel. My style could be a country song, a pop song, a folk song or an alternative-rock song.”

And listeners can certainly find all of these elements at play on “Crossroads.” While my offerings fall under the blanket description of southern-tinged country rock, the tracks themselves vary greatly from one experience to the next.

Throughout those stylistic shifts, though, my signature rasp, unwavering melody and down-to-business songwriting tethers the tracks together for a brilliant first step into the hearts of music fans the world over.

I am already hard at work on a follow-up album that will bear more of my alternative-rock side and push my songwriting abilities to even greater lengths. In the meantime, I am connecting with new fans and stacking up achievements, including earning a finalist spot at the Texaco Country Showdown Jackson two consecutive years, sharing a stage with Little Big Town, and being featured in the Jackson Free Press, which called my debut “a ride worth taking.”

I am very grateful of my humble beginnings down a red dirt road, located in Zama, MS with a population of 36 where I was born. To be able to have seen so much so far I feel very blessed. I continue to have dreams, faith, and hope that my adventures will continue to be miraculous.

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