Archive for Artist Profiles

Matt Tucker Band

Born in Rock Hill, SC Matt Tucker was raised on country music. Raised in a very musically inclined family, Tucker has always loved to sing and in 2008 decided to get serious with it. He began playing in honkytonks around Rock Hill, SC with his father and soon he was breaking out as a solo artist playing acoustic gigs. While putting together his first band a couple of years later, he began to realize his full potential and started on his journey to Nashville. Matt is influenced by some of country music’s most known legends (George Strait, Alan Jackson, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty) and modern artists (Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks) just to name a few and his southern MattTuckerupbringing definitely shines through his songs. His music reflects the new country phase but with some ol’ traditional ways. 2013 was a great year for Matt, he and all the folks behind the scenes have been making lots of friends in Music City (Nashville, TN.) In October, 2013 Tucker became a SESAC affiliate known as Guitbox Publishing referred in by Hall of Fame songwriter, Sam Tate. Soon after he released a 4 song “EP” recorded in Nashville at Midtown Studio with Pat Holt producing and engineering. In December of 2013 a big CD release party at one of the Southeast’s premier country night clubs (Coyote Joes in Charlotte, NC) helped spark his self written single “Tonight” to take hold and star getting radio airplay. Lately, Matt and the band are continuing to grow and work very hard. They are getting ready to hit the studio again soon to record new music and expand to a regional Country act including a possible permanent move to Nashville. So far, 2014 has been a great year for MTB, they are touring the Carolinas and surrounding area promoting Matt’s new EP released in October of 2013. Touring is a job but it’s fun and has it’s perks; recently Matt landed the biggest festival in his home area, the “Come See Me Festival.” Come See Me is a two week event culminating in a huge all day tailgate party with food, beverages, games, and music. Matt and the band headlined this show to a record setting fifty plus thousand people, the largest crowd in the 30 year history of the festival. It’s safe to say Matt’s hometown has his back, and he has theirs as he stated, “Respect is earned where given, and we can’t do this without you… the friends/fans.” Matt continues to work hard to put together a crowd pleasing high energy show that showcases his own songs as well as covering old favorites and current day hits. He is currently one of the “Carolinas” top independent Country acts, and is starting to take hold regionally. Tucker plans to bring the package until the receiver is found. Look out for MT “Country Rockin” a town near you! Stay tuned for there will be a lot more out of this very driven and admirable young man in the Country Music Industry.


David Adam Byrnes

The fact that I just took a chance and packed up and came to Nashville still gets me. When I look back, I never actually thought I’d have the guts to leave home. Home is where my heart is and that’s in country music, so I’m sure glad to be here!” – David Adam Byrnes

David Adam Byrnes has been called a backwoods redneck and he’ll be the first to tell you, he wears the label well. He sports a ball cap, plaid is “the fabric of his life,” he loves a barroom band, cranks his music up loud, adores his family, respects his country and is no stranger to hard work nor heartache. Regardless of the “brand,” this good ol’ honky-tonkin’ country boy from Sherwood, Arkansas, David Adam Byrnes, is poised to make a brand new impression.

At 23 years old, David Adam still has the mischievous grin he mastered in his youth. In making initial introductions with the young singer-songwriter, the fact that he is the “little brother” to three older sisters and described to this day as a “handful” by his mom will come as no surprise. With a sly smirk planted permanently on his boyish face that seems to reveal he’s the cat who swallowed the canary, it’s evident these characteristics have long been stashed in his bag of tricks since terrorizing his sisters with tomfoolery and pranks as a boy – and those sisters likely deserve a co-write credit for his track, “If You Didn’t Have A Woman.” It’s this footloose and chock-full of love upbringing that David Adam credits to his laid back, easy-does-it, confident style and accomplishments today.

“My parents met in high school and were high school sweethearts–they’ve been together ever since. We had a really great childhood, all four of us, and we lived an old-fashioned family life. I was taught that if you want something and you work hard enough, you’ll earn it. Don’t take the easy way out and always keep your head up– and that’s exactly what I did.”

Since his first solo adventure to Nashville as a teen, Byrnes knew country music was his calling. As quickly as he returned from his trip and he was as quick to form a band. While classmates were dating or out partying, David Adam Byrnes was honing his performance and writing skills–etching out a unique sound of his own as inspired by his country heroes George Jones, Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnutt and King George (Strait). The sign that his hard work paid off came on graduation day when the opportunity arose for Byrnes to open for one of the world’s largest honky tonk masters, Hank Williams Jr.

After opening for Bocephus, the music bug bit hard and David Adam’s perseverance to achieve his dream feverishly rose. He mapped out his runaway plan from his small town home of Sherwood, Arkansas to Music City, USA. “My ‘running away’ wasn’t as dramatic as a handkerchief-tied-to-a-stick heading down the road with my thumb out, or sneaking out a window, but it was a well-planned secret. I was playing a restaurant ‘residency’ back home and made the announcement to the crowd (where my parents, friends and family were seated) at the end of the show by saying ‘Goodnight! So long! I’m goin’ to Nashville!’ My parents’ mouths dropped to the floor—I figured if I told them in public, I’d be less likely to get a serious tongue-lashing!”

“He is a quick study and became a pro in the studio in a hurry.” PREMIUM COUNTRY producer, Rob Rappaport explains. “He realized that his studio album is made to be heard thousands of times over by thousands of folks and should be as great as possible, which leaves room for improvisation and interpretation of the studio album songs in live venues and becomes even more enjoyable for the true fans. The folks who know become acquainted with his music via the radio or the web and are amazed and thrilled with his ability to deliver a live performance that is as natural as can be while still maintaining the integrity of the album.”

“Rob really pushed me. He helped me to be open minded in combining the music of yesteryear with the progressions of style we see in the music of today,” Byrnes said. “Being signed with Better Angels is like being part of a family and we all have one common thread—the music and passion for a great song. …and Rob shared his unconditional love, he let me cut the songs that I wanted to cut.”

The flirtatious single, “Sweet Distraction” (Josh Thompson/Andi Zack), was released in late 2010 to select digital outlets and ranks as the highest charting debut indie single of 2010 (Country Breakout Chart). David Adam continues his momentum through 2011.

Originally drawn to the genre because of its relatable story songs and therapeutic emotional content, now it comes to tales of lovin’ and losin’, David Adam Byrnes is in line to become the prince of country music’s best-told tales. Capturing every little detail and emotion, from beginning, middle, to end (and even the oddball in-betweens) David Adam Byrnes’ PREMIUM COUNTRY sympathizes with the complications of romance in true-blue honky tonk style.

“I definitely have a twang that won’t fit in any other genre and I can’t be what I ain’t. You’re only as good as your song and I won’t sell out to any cheesy gimmick or the ‘trends’ because ‘that’s what everyone else is doing.’ As crystal clear as a back woods Ozark creek and as true blue as the day is long, David Adam Byrnes is all that and more when it comes to the artistry of honky tonkin’—he may not take himself too seriously to fit the golden mold, but he’s serious about the music that’s closest to his heart and home.


         Born and raised inNorfolk,Virginia, DieDra has been singing since she can remember. It was a God-given talent that has exploded into a gift that she shares with the world. DieDra was raised by her maternal grandfather, who wrote and sang songs in the church. DieDra was a part of the family singing group at the age of nine. As the lead singer, she has been inspired by Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, and Whitney Houston.

 DieDra has spent a majority of her life inJacksonville,Florida. As an ex-military spouse, she taught herself how to get around the city in search of a manager for her career. In 1996 she met the late Charlie Cross, ofBrunswick,Ga.He signed her to his management company and her career began. DieDra has had the opportunity to open up for Betty Wright, Bobby Brown, Candi Staton, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bar-Kays, Glenn Jones, Denise LaSalle, Al Green, Avant, Carl Thomas, Sunshine Anderson and currently touring with Bobby Rush.

 In 1998, DieDra was signed to Boogie Down Production in The Bronx,New York. Over the next 10 years, she was locked in an unproductive contract with Big East Entertainment.  Keith Ruff was assigned to produce DieDra’s first CD by the company. Because of Keith’s schedule, he was never available to get the CD completed. Now, 10 years later, Keith Ruff of Ruff Pro Records called DieDra and found out that after all these years, her project was still incomplete. DieDra signed on with Keith under Ruff Pro Records, and launched “DieDra and the Ruff pro Band”.  Her debut album “Overcoming Hurdles” was born in one month.

 DieDra has an amazing range. She has been put in the category of Anita Baker with her silky smooth approach to slow jams,  Patti Labelle  with her vocal techniques and Aretha Franklin with her gospel background. Never wanting to be compared to anyone and establishing her own sound, DieDra has gotten the title “The Blues Diva”. That she is! Her album “Overcoming Hurdles” was nominated for several award in 2009. Her song “Hip Swingin Blues” went as high as number five on Roadhouse Blues Charts and toped all Beach Music Charts. Now with a sophomore CD called Livin The Bluz”, you will go for a ride through the vocal talents of this 4’11 power house. She is living up to her title “The Blues Diva”.


2010 Blue Note Award

Nominated for: Best New Artist by Blues Critics

Nominated for: Song of the Year “Hip Swing’ in Blues by JUS Blues

Nominated for: Female Artist of the Year 2009 JUS Blues

Finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge

Nominated for “Most Popular Female Artist” 2010 by JUS Blues

Nominated for 4 Carolina Beach Music Awards 2010

Best Blues Album, New Artist of the Year, Blues Song of the Year, and Best Solo Album

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Chris Lane

The Chris Lane Band is a 5 piece band from a small town of Kernersville, North Carolina. The Chris Lane band is one of the biggest party bands in North Carolina specializing in a variety of music from Country, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop, & even a little Motown, so we have something for everyone. Fronted by recording artist Chris Lane and Chelsea Sorrell as seen on CMT’s hit reality show “Can You Duet”, your guaranteed an energetic show that will have everyone dancing. You will receive a professional live band as well as a experienced DJ that will keep the party going in between sets for one low price!
You may remember Chris and his twin brother Cory from Season 7 of American Idol where they made a big name for themselves and continue to do so in the Triad. The Chris Lane band plays major events in the Triad area of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Charlotte, NC. Our diverse set list allows us to keep any crowd interested and has helped us play events such as Opening for National Recording artist and New Country Artist of 2009 Darius Rucker, as well as one of the biggest country artist today Jason Aldean. The Chris Lane Band has also opened for artists such as Sara Evans, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Jerrod Neiman, Randy Montana, James Otto, Laura Bell Bundy, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, Clay Walker, Sister Hazel and Cobra Starship.
The Chris Lane Band currently has a single, “Too Tennessee,” playing on country radio. On December 14th, 2010 The CLB released their album to iTunes. That same day, the album climbed all the way to the #7 spot on the Top iTunes Country Albums chart, landing them next to some of their greatest influences; Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Lady Antebellum.


Keith UrbanBetter LifeDays Go By

Hit the Ground Running

Memories of Us

Somebody Like You

Stupid Boy

Sweet Thing

Where The Blacktop Ends

Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me?

You Look Good In My Shirt

You’ll Think of Me

Jason Aldean

Amarillo Sky

Big Green Tractor


Johnny Cash

She’s Country


Kenny Chesney

Anything But Mine

Live Those Songs

Living Fast Forward

Our Last Night

Lady Antebellum

Looking For a Good Time

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Run To You

Slow Down Sister

Miranda Lambert

Gunpowder and Lead


More Like Her

White Liar

Taylor Swift


Love Story

Our Song

You Belong With Me

Brad Paisley

She’s Everything



Carrie Underwood

Cowboy Casanova

Flat on the Floor

Last Name

Eric Church


Guys Like Me

Love Your Love the Most


It Happens

Something More



Dixieland Delight

Mountain Music

Jake Owen

8 Second Ride

Something About a Woman

Justin Moore


Small Town USA

Luke Bryan

All My Friends Say

Country Man

Zac Brown Band

Chicken Fried

Whatever It Is

Ashton Shepherd

Sounds So Good

Big & Rich

Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy

Gary Allan

Right Where I Need To Be


Wild at Heart

Hank Williams, Jr.

Family Tradition

Jamey Johnson

In Color

Jessica Harp

Boy Like Me

Johnny Cash

Folsom Prison Blues

Lost Trailors

Holler Back

Love & Theft


Marshall Tucker Band

Can’t You See

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Fishin’ In the Dark

Pat Green

Wave On Wave

Rascal Flatts

My Wish

Sara Evans

Real Fine Place to Start

Travis Tritt

Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde

Whitney Duncan

Skinny Dippin

Modern Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop
NellyE.I.  (Country Version)Hot In Herre  (Country Version)


Love In the Club  (Country Version)

Nice and Slow  (Country Version)


Beverly Hills

Island in the Sun

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Parents Just Don’t Understand  (Country Version)

Flo Rida

Apple Bottom Jeans (Country Version)


Milkshake  (Country Version)

Li’l Jon

Get Low  (Country Version)


Money Maker  (Country Version)

Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA  (Country Version)

Montell Jordan

This is How We Do It  (Country Version)

R. Kelly

Bump and Grind (Country Version)

Soulja Boy

Crank Dat Soulja Boy  (Country Version)


In Love With a Stripper  (Country Version)

T-Pain & Akon

Buy You a Drank  (Country Version)

Classic Rock
Lynyrd SkynyrdGimme Three StepsSweet Home Alabama

Tom Petty

American Girl

Last Dance With Mary Jane

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

Dobie Gray

Drift Away

Doobie Brothers

Long Train Runnin’

Jimmy Buffett


John Mellencamp

Hurt So Good

Pure Prairie League


Rolling Stones

Honky Tonk Woman

Steve Miller Band


Van Morrison

Brown-Eyed Girl

80s Pop & Retro
Bryan AdamsCuts Like a KnifeSummer of ’69

Cheap Trick

I Want You To Want Me

John Mellencamp

Jack and Diane

The Outfield

Your Love

Pat Benatar

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Sir Mix-a-Lot

Baby Got Back  (Country Version)

90s Rock, Pop & Alternative
Backstreet BoysI Want it That Way (Country Version)Goo Goo Dolls


Matchbox Twenty


N Sync

Bye Bye Bye (Country Version)

Stone Temple Pilots

Interstate Love Song


What I Got

Motown, Soul, R&B, Beach
Marvin GayeLet’s Get it OnThe Temptations

My Girl

Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally

70s Disco & Funk
Wild CherryPlay That Funky Music

Old Crow Medicine ShowWagon Wheel


The Dickens





Modern Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Fresh and Clean

Hey Ya

Ms Jackson


The Way You Move

Notorious B.I.G.

Big Poppa



Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems


99 Problems

Can I Get a..

Dirt Off Your Shoulder


DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love




Viva La Vida


Cypress Hill

How I Could Just…

Insane in the Membrane

Dr. Dre

Let Me Ride

The Next Episode


Forgot About Dre

Without Me

Justin Timberlake

Rock Your Body



Back That Thing Up

Slow Motion

Kid Rock

All Summer Long


The Kings of Leon

Sex on Fire

Use Somebody

Lil’ Jon

Get Low

Snap Ya Fingas

Naughty By Nature

Hip Hop Hooray



Hot In Herre

Ride With Me


Hotel Room Service

I Know You Want Me

Snoop Dogg

Gin & Juice

Nothin’ But a G Thing

50 Cent

In Da Club

Amy Winehouse


The Black Keys

Tighten Up

Black-Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feeling

Cee-lo Green

Forget You



Finger 11


Franz Ferdinand

Take Me Out


Feel Good Inc.

House of Pain

Jump Around

Jack Johnson

Better Together

Jason Derulo

In My Head

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Empire State of Mind


Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Jimmy Eat World

The Middle

Kanye West


Lady Gaga

Poker Face


Money Maker


Electric Feel

Miley Cyrus

Party in the USA

Montell Jordan

This Is How We Do It



R. Kelly

Step in the Name of Love

Ray Lamontagne

You Are the Best Thing

The Roots

Seed 2.0


Sucker MCs

Taio Cruz


Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars



California Love


Beautiful Day

Warren G


The White Stripes

Seven Nation Army

Ying Yang Twins

Salt Shaker

Yung Joc

It’s Going Down

80s Pop & Retro
Bon Jovi

Living On A Prayer

Wanted Dead Or Alive

You Give Love a Bad Name

Michael Jackson

Billie Jean

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)



Back In Black

You Shook Me All Night Long

The Beastie Boys

Fight For Your Right

No Sleep Til Brooklyn

Billy Idol

Rebel Yell

White Wedding

Black Crowes

Hard To Handle


George Michael

Careless Whisper




When Doves Cry

Public Enemy

Bring The Noise

Fight The Power

Tone Loc

Funky Cold Medina

Wild Thing


Walk This Way

Bobby Brown

My Prerogative

Cheap Trick

I Want You To Want Me

The Clash

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Def Leppard

Pour Some Sugar On Me


Sweet Dreams

Georgia Satellites

Keep Your Hands To Yourself

J. Geils Band


Joan Jett

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll

John Mellencamp

Jack and Diane

Kenny Loggins


MC Hammer

Can’t Touch This

The Outfield

Your Love

Pat Benatar

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Rick Springfield

Jessie’s Girl

Rob Base

It Takes Two

The Romantics

What I Like About You

Sir Mix-a-Lot

Baby Got Back

Sugar Hill Gang

Rapper’s Delight

Tommy Tutone

Jenny (867-5309)

Vanilla Ice

Ice Ice Baby

Violent Femmes

Blister in the Sun

Young MC

Bust A Move

Classic Rock
Rolling Stones

Beast of Burden

Gimme Shelter

Honky Tonk Woman

Miss You


Start Me Up

Led Zeppelin

D’yer Mak’er

Immigrant Song

What Is And What Should Never Be

Doobie Brothers

Black Water

Long Train Runnin’

John Mellencamp

Authority Song

Hurt So Good

Neil Diamond

Sweet Caroline

Bad Company

Feel Like Makin’ Love

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary

The Fixx

One Thing Leads To Another

Grand Funk Railroad

Some Kind of Wonderful

James Taylor

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Jimmy Buffett


Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sweet Home Alabama

The Police



Another One Bites The Dust

Steve Miller Band

The Joker

Tom Petty

American Girl


All I Want Is You

Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

90s Rock, Pop & Alternative
Lenny Kravitz

Always On The Run

Are You Gonna Go My Way

I Want To Fly


Doin’ Time (Summertime)


What I Got


All Mixed Up

Beautiful Disaster

Ben Harper


Steal My Kisses

Rage Against The Machine

Bulls on Parade

Killing In The Name Of

Stone Temple Pilots

Interstate Love Song


Alice in Chains

Man in the Box


Song #2

Faith No More


Mark Morrison

Return of the Mack


Enter Sandman


Smells Like Teen Spirit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Give It Away

Terence Trent D’Arby

Wishing Well


Buddy Holly

White Zombie

Thunder Kiss 65

Motown, Soul, R&B, Beach
James Brown

Get Up Off That Thing

I Feel Good

Sex Machine

Super Bad

The Temptations

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Just My Imagination

My Girl

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Sam & Dave

Hold On, I’m Coming

Soul Man

Wilson Pickett

Midnight Hour

Mustang Sally

Al Green

Love and Happiness

Barry White

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love

Ben E. King

Stand by Me

Chairmen of the Board

Carolina Girls

Isley Brothers


Marvin Gaye

Got to Give It Up

Otis Day & The Knights


Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

Sam Cooke

You Send Me

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

I Second That Emotion

Ballads & Slow Songs
Al Green

Let’s Stay Together

Love and Happiness

Louis Armstrong

What a Wonderful World

Wonderful World

Marvin Gaye

Let’s Get It On

Sexual Healing

The Temptations

Just My Imagination

My Girl

Van Morrison

Crazy Love

Into The Mystic

The Beatles


Billy Joel

She’s Got A Way

Elvis Presley

Can’t Help Falling In Love

Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight

Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight

James Taylor

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

The Penguins

Earth Angel

R. Kelly

Step in the Name of Love

Sam Cooke

You Send Me

Terence Trent D’Arby

Wishing Well

70s Disco & Funk
Kool & The Gang


Jungle Boogie

Ladies Night

Stevie Wonder

Isn’t She Lovely

Signed Sealed Delivered


Rick James

Give It To Me Baby

Super Freak

Average White Band

That’s The Way I Like It


Word Up


Good Times

Clarence Carter


The Commodores

Brick House

Earth, Wind & Fire


Four Seasons

December 1963 (Oh What a Night)

Frankie Valli

Oh What a Night

K.C and the Sunshine Band

Shake Your Booty


Back In Love

Marcia Griffiths

Electric Slide

Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music

Reggae & Caribbean
Bob Marley

Could You Be Loved

Is This Love

Waiting In Vain

Damien Marley

All Night

Welcome to Jamrock

50s-60s Oldies & Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Beatles

Hard Day’s Night

In My Life


Twist And Shout

Jazz, Swing & Standards
Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight



New Orleans & Zydeco
Taj Mahal

Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes



Ray Scott

“I’m taking the bull by the horns and doing it my way…callin’ the shots… This stuff is real, it’s raw, and it’s 100 percent Ray…. I‘ve lived out on a limb before…might as well take it a couple steps further!”– Ray Scott

Warner Bros. Records released Ray Scott’s debut album in November 2005 to an overwhelming enthusiastic reception.  Something new and fresh was on the horizon.  My Kind of Music became the #1 selling country album on Billboard’s “Heatseeker’s” chart that week and the #1 selling album on CMT’s (Country Music Television) sales chart.  The album landed on the “Top 10 Albums of 2005” lists in Billboard, Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald to name a few.

A year later, Warner Bros. Records stalled and Ray entered a waiting area that would seemingly delay the release of his sophomore album indefinitely….until now.  Not one to shy away from speaking his mind, Ray puts the last few years into perspective…

“After a couple of frustrating years I’m finally free, and the taste of freedom is sweet!  The time has never been better in the music biz to do something different.”

Direct connection to the fans is what catapulted the release of independent albums Crazy Like Me, and Ray’s latest, soon-to-be released project, Rayality.  The last few years on the road playing his brand of outlaw country has paid off and the listeners have responded.  With limited air play on the first album, My Kind of Music still sold nearly 100,000 units proving that country music fans wanted more of what he had to offer.

It’s his attitude. He does it his way. He says it his way.  He knows where country music’s been and he knows that he’s taking it someplace new.  His way is the way of the steel guitar. It’s recitation and gospel, with a little blues and rock thrown in for seasoning. But when it simmers to a boil and he serves it up in that deep Carolina drawl, you can’t call it anything but country music.

It’s Ray’s grasp of plainspoken poetry, unique turns-of-phrase and emotional directness, not to mention wit that appeals to people – the same qualities that turned the songs of Kristofferson, Jennings and Nelson into a movement.

“Those guys defined an era of country music,” he says. “They left a permanent impression on me that I wear like a badge of honor. I loved the realness of their music. That stuff will always be great, always stand up to time. Those old boys meant what they were saying. They lived it.”

By the time he was 19, he’d formed his first band in Raleigh, North Carolina.  That band promptly fell apart because, among other reasons, none of the members had much music business savvy. Realizing he needed to learn a few things if he wanted a career instead of a hobby, Scott moved to Atlanta and got an Associate’s degree from the Music Business Institute.

“A buddy and I were on our way back to Raleigh from a road trip,” he explains. “I was driving through Nashville and I looked out over the skyline and got this really strange feeling. It was like a moment of clarity, telling me this was where I needed to be. Something seemed to say, ‘No need thinking anymore about it, your mind is made up.’  Within another six months, I was here…”

It was Nashville’s strong songwriting community where he dug his heels in and began writing in earnest.  He studied the craft of songwriting, trying to learn everything he could about what makes a great song great.  People began to pay attention to Ray’s songwriting and has garnered cuts from Randy Travis (“Pray for the Fish”), Clay Walker (“A Few Questions”) and most recently with Trace Adkins for an upcoming project.

“Doing it this way is gonna be challenging, but I’ve been gambling in Nashville for 13 years,” Ray says.  “Why the hell not bet on myself?!  Bottom line is…somebody’s gotta keep real country music alive….there ain’t as many of us around as there used to be…”