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Ray plans new release

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Michael Ray will release his sophomore album, "Amos," on June 1, it was announced today.

The album is named after Ray's grandfather, Amos, who was a big influence, including his love of country. Ray first began singing and performing in his grandfather's band when he was only nine years old. He still plays Amos' hand-me-down guitar, a 1978 Les Paul.

"The day I made my debut on the Opry stage, all I could think about was how he would be so proud," Ray said of his late grandfather, whose died two months prior to his first bow on her stage.

"Looking back, that moment was a pivotal one. Our family lost its patriarch. So, when we started making this record, before I would record vocals on the song I would ask myself, 'is this a song I would have played proudly for him?' It makes this album that much more special to think he would have said, 'Ray, that's a good one.'"

"Amos" features 11 tracks including Ray's current single, "Get To You."

The track list and cover will be released April 20. Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville will release the album.

Ray enjoyed singles success on his 2015 self-titled debut with "Kiss You in the Morning" and "Think A Little Less." Ray also has released several EPs.

Ray was arrested on Dec. 20, 2017 for driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

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