Wednesday, February 17, 2021
– Ray Fulcher, who has penned many songs with Luke Combs, signed to Black River Entertainment, it was announced today.
"Fans are the reason I write songs," said Fulcher. "They are the lifeblood of our industry, and without them, this wouldn't be possible, so it's only right for them to know first."
"I always knew I didn't want to sign anywhere unless they really believed in our music and vision as much as we did ourselves," Fulcher said. "They had to really get the songs and what we wanted to do with them and believe that I was the guy to carry them to the masses. With Black River, we have gotten all that and more...and the more I've gotten to know the people, the more I see what a great group of not just professionals they are, but humans. Just felt like a real easy decision."
"What a great day for all of us," said Black River's President and CEO Gordon Kerr. "What an impressive team we are now partnered alongside. Most importantly, what an artist. We are honored to step into this already impressive journey and can't wait to see what is in store for Ray."
Born and raised in the small town of Harlem, Ga., Fulcher was influenced by Alan Jackson, Keith Whitley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and George Strait. Seeing Church play at Athens' Georgia Theatre at 21 years old, Fulcher was filled with inspiration and immediately went out and bought his first guitar. Shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2014, Fulcher moved to Nashville to pursue a songwriting and an artist career. Fulcher signed his first publishing deal with River House Publishing, began getting cuts as a songwriter, and released his second EP, "Here We Go Again." He opened on Combs' Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour (2019) and the Matt Stell Everywhere But On Tour (2020).
Fulcher co-wrote eight songs on Combs' Platinum debut album, "This One's For You," including the number one single "When It Rains It Pours." He co-wrote eight songs on Combs' follow-up album, "What You See Is What You Get," including the number one singles "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Does To Me" and "Lovin' On You."
Fulcher's latest EP, "Somebody Like Me," (2019), featured the singles "Anything Like You Dance" and "Life After Your Leavin'."
Fulcher is writing and recording new music with producer Jonathan Singleton and is set to support Combs this fall on the What You See Is What You Get Tour.