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It’s been a difficult month for rising country artist Michael Ray. Despite the personal issues he is dealing with, the talented young singer-songwriter is selflessly asking for prayers for someone else—his father.

Michael shared a photo of two handsome gentlemen on his Instagram page. Obviously, he is one of the fellas, and the other is his father, Jerry Roach. In the caption he explains, “Dad since [day one] you have had my 6 and I’ll always have yours … please send good vibes and prayers to my pops as he goes into open heart surgery this morning. Love you all! MR.”

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It’s apparent from the photo that Michael not only gets his good looks, but also maybe a touch of swagger from his pops, and that makes us think that Jerry has got this all under control.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t sending Michael and his dad all of the good vibes and prayers he requested.

The country artist, who hails from Eustis, Florida, credits his father with providing him with a love and talent for music. Two years ago, the young man told the “Orlando Sentinel” that it was in a family band, Country Cousins, started by his father and grandfather, where Michael got his start at just 4 years old. “I started playing guitar when I was 9,” he said. “My dad and my grandfather taught me.”

Like many aspiring artists, Michael journeyed to Nashville at the age of 18, but returned to Florida to start a band, establish himself and build his audience before making another run at Music City. The second time it stuck.

Michael is on a holiday break after a busy 2017 had him headlining two of his own separate tours, in addition to hitting the road with Dustin Lynch for the “Ride or Die Tour.” Earlier in the year, he scored his second hit with the dreamy “Think A Little Less.”

Earlier in December, Michael was involved in a collision in a restaurant drive-thru and admitted to being in a bar earlier in the evening. After failing a battery of field sobriety tests, the young star was arrested for DUI and marijuana oil possession.

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He has since been released and apologized for the unfortunate incident, and his thoughts are now focused on the well-being and care of his father.

Again, we join Michael and his loyal fans in sending lots of good vibes and healing wishes to Jerry as he undergoes this procedure. We’re anxious to hear a positive update and good news from Michael soon.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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