As Michael Ray’s latest single “Think a Little Less” hits No. 3 the country airplay charts and approaches the top spot, the Atlantic Records / Warner Music Nashville artist is taking time to reflect on his experiences so far.
“I’m taking the time to really experience where we are,” said Ray, who was groomed in country history and Southern traditions playing in his grandfather’s band. “My grandfather and dad always told me, ‘When you are climbing the ladder, stop on one of the rungs and see where you are – and where you have been.’ I don’t want to take anything for granted or miss an opportunity to acknowledge how much this all means to me.”
The Eustis, FL native notched his first No. 1 with his smash hit “Kiss You In The Morning,” which made him the only new country male in 2015 to have a chart-topping single. Ray’s -titled debut album, released just one week before the “Kiss You In The Morning” went No. 1, entered the Billboard Country Album chart in the Top 5.
With “Think A Little Less” steadily rising, this week becoming his second No. 1 song on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart, and the possibility of another airplay success looking positive, Ray is taking the time to soak in every moment.
“I had a lot going on the year and week ‘Kiss You In The Morning’ was released, with the single, the album release, a radio tour, my first national morning show appearance on “Good Morning America” – and my grandfather passing,” he said. “There were a lot of emotions at the same time. I wasn’t able to fully experience what was happening – and a No. 1 single from a debut album doesn’t happen very often.”
Making time this go-around is important to Ray, who recently wrapped his successful “Think A Little Less Tour” that ran from October through February. Halfway through the tour, the popular performer added 2017 dates due to the overwhelming and enthusiastic fan response. After years on the road as a support act, opening for names like Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore, Ray is now bringing those experiences to his own headline shows.