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Here at Keepin’ It Country, we take a lot of pride in introducing our fans to new artists who are primed to be the next big thing. Today, we’d like you to meet Michael Ray, a future country superstar from Florida who’s determined to make success happen the old-fashioned way. There are no shortcuts in-store for Michael, who recently signed a deal with Warner Music.
We chatted with him about everything from his early days playing music with his grandpa to his influences and his brief stint on reality TV. Throughout the interview, his genuine love of country music and its fans truly shone through and we couldn’t be more excited to watch his star continue to rise over the next few years.
Born into a musical family in Eustis, Florida, Michael Ray was always surrounded by music. His father, grandfather, cousin and uncle had a band, and from the moment Michael could walk, he had a guitar in his hand. At the ripe old age of ten, he decided to start pursuing music and joined forces musically with none other than his grandpa.
“I joke all the time – I had probably 3 friends that were my age and everyone else was older. I was like the adopted grandson of like 20 different sets of grandparents.” Michael laughs as he recalls playing shows all through middle school and high school with his grandfather and his elderly friends. “A lot of them would come down to Florida for the winter and that’s when we’d get busy. They were all retired and they weren’t around their families, so I’d step in. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It helped form who I am today and gave me a real soft spot for old people.”
Country icon Gary Allan has found a way to help bring relief to those that need it in Oklahoma. He’ll be parnering up with local radio stations at his upcoming headlining show at the Music & Mayhem Festival to collect items and donations for victims in Moore, Oklahoma.
“I was heartbroken to see the devastation in Oklahoma. My fans in Oklahoma have been so supportive of me over the years and I’m hoping we can pull together to get food, water, supplies and the basics to those in need.”
He’ll be headlining the Music & Mayhem Festival at Eufaula Cove Amphitheater in Eufaula, Oklahoma and has organized volunteers from US Cellular stores to collect food, items, and more from fans attending the concerts. Items being accepted include non-perishable foods, canned food, snack items, diapers, water, sports drinks, baby wipes, toiletries, baby formula, and more. There will also be locations on-site to collect monetary donations to support relief efforts in the area.
Country music is taking over Las Vegas in April, as the ACM’s head to Sin City. While the coveted awards show will take place on April 7th, it’s the days leading up to the awards that will truly be “must-see” events!
Fremont Street is located in the heart of Las Vegas, and is only second in popularity to the infamous Las Vegas Strip. The Fremont Experience is a pedestrian mall downtown, which takes up a five-block radius and is well-known for being home to the world’s largest video screen (a whopping 1,500 feet long!). So, who can you expect to see at the Fremont Street Experience, performing on this monster screen? An incredible line-up consisting of co-headliners Gary Allan and Jake Owen, along with Randy Houser, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols and Sunny Sweeney!
Last year, we introduced a new annual feature on Keepin’ it Country – Ones to Watch. Our predictions were pretty spot on last year, with Dustin Lynch and JT Hodges quickly becoming popular with country music fans. This year it’s time for a little love for the ladies – and our first 2013 One to Watch: Rose Falcon.
Rose, a singer-songwriter signed to Show Dog Universal, is the writer behind Country Strong’s hauntingly beautiful “Give Into Me,” and has been named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Rose, a songwriter just like her father, has been praised by the legendary Bon Jovi as a “true artist” and “an old soul in the voice of a beautiful young lady.” She recently released her single “If Love Had A Heart” to country radio, and she’s definitely one to watch out for in 2013.
In a country music world where males dominate airplay and it’s hard for a new female to break out, Rose is one you will be cheering for. With her talented writing and pretty vocals, she has what it takes to hold her own at country radio.
Check out her EPK below then read our exclusive interview with Rose. Get to know her before she takes over country – which she will:
Platinum-selling country icon Gary Allan is only days away from releasing his brand new album “Set You Free.” The album, which features current single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” is Gary’s ninth full-length studio record, and will be released on Tuesday, January 22nd. We’ve teamed up with Gary and the team at MCA Nashville to give one lucky fan an autographed copy of “Set You Free”! The contest is open immediately and until midnight EST on January 21st. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, and you must be the age of majority of your province, state or territory or have parental/guardian permission to enter.
To enter the contest follow the easy Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of “Set You Free” on iTunes before it comes out on Tuesday! All pre-orders include an instant download of the track, “Bones” (selected as the official theme song for the 2013 Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series). The album’s lead single, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” has catapulted to #3 on Singles chart, and is now officially gold certified. Gary also used the song in a campaign to help raise relief funding for the Red Cross to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Check out Gary’s official music video for “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” below and enter our contest. Don’t forget to tell your friends!
Mca Nashville artist Gary Allan is to set to make late-night television appearances on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Wednesday, January 23rd at 11:35 pm EST. Gary will also make an appearance on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Monday, February 11th at 12:35 am EST.
Gary will be performing his newly RIAA gold-certified single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” on both appearances. It’s the lead-off track from his brand new record, “Set You Free,” which hits stores on Tuesday.
In other television appearances, Gary will be a guest on GAC’s Daily Countdown every day next week, from the 21st to the 25th. He’ll continue his television takeover with specials on The Travel Channel’s Trip Flip, CMT’s Top 20, CMT’s CMT Insider, GAC’s Headline Country, and GAC’s Top 20.
Are you excited for new music from Gary Allan?
Country music icon Gary Allan has launched a very special campaign in support of the American Red Cross. He’s asking fans to donate to the organization to be able to download his an acoustic version new single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain).” Each donation will benefit the disaster relief efforts made by the Red Cross.
Gary, who just filmed the video for the single in Nashville, quickly realized how appropriate the message of the song was for the Red Cross’ efforts for Sandy relief. Gary shared:
“My song ‘Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)’ is about hope and light at the end of the tunnel. With the devastation in the northeast region by Sandy, I thought this song was extremely timely. I wanted to partner with the Red Cross on this because they have always offered hope for those in need.”
Gary is currently out on a small tour across the United States, with his next date December 14th at Joe’s Bar in Chicago. For a full list of tour dates, or to help Gary support the Red Cross, visit his official website.
Gary Allan has just released his brand new lyric video for his single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain).” The country music icon’s single was a massive hit on its release – selling over 49,000 digital copies in just seven days. The MCA Nashville artist will finally be releasing his brand new record “Set You Free” sometime next year. Stay tuned to Keepin’ it Country to find out the latest news on his new album, including when you will be able to pick it up!
Gary produced some tracks on his upcoming album on his own, while the rest he teamed up with Joy Joyce and Mark Wright. Check out the official lyric video for lead-off single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” below and let us know what you’re hoping to hear on his new record!
Gary Allan‘s brand new single “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain” is going to be huge. In just the first week of its release, its sold almost 49,000 copies alone – after being available on iTunes for just seven days. The track burst into the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart with over 40 adds already.
It’s a song that Gary himself is pretty excited about. He shares a little about writing it:
“I wrote this one with Hillary Lindsey and Matt Warren. I’m really proud of how it turned out, and fired up about the huge response from radio and fans.”
The song is spinning on stations nationwide including: Nashville, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington DC, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Seattle, Miami, Las Vegas, Louisville, Kansas City and Orlando to name a few.
Gary has enjoyed watching the fans react to the song while performing it live on tour. On Tuesday night, Gary performed the new song along with crowd favorites when he headlined the WME Party during the 2012 IEBA Conference in Nashville.
Gary just announced he will be playing the House of Blues – Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Tickets for this event are on-sale now. For more information about the New Year’s Eve concert and all upcoming Gary Allan events, log onto garyallan.com.