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A country newcomer performs at the Grand Ole Opry with Merle in his heart Grand Ole Opry/YouTube screenshot
Grand Ole Opry/YouTube screenshot

You may not be one of those people that stereotypes performers based on the way they look, but plenty of people are. They expect fellas in cowboy hats, pearl snaps and boots to sing traditional country with fiddle and steel, and they expect tattooed boys in T-shirts and sneakers to perform urban-inspired tunes with plenty of drum loops and wicky-wicky guitars.

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When handsome Michael Ray broke into country music, there may have been those who expected him to be a one-dimensional artist who followed the tailgate trend of some of his peers. While his debut single, “Kiss You In the Morning,” did fit in well with contemporary country radio and landed him his first No. 1 single, this sweet fella is far from being one-dimensional. That should have been evident from the follow-up second single, the Top 20 “Real Men Love Jesus,” which revealed a real lyrical depth and a warmer, deeper vocal from the Eustis, Florida native.

But guess what? There’s more.

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Michael recently appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage and in a performance with the Opry band, instead of his own touring band, he gave a nod to the late country music legend Merle Haggard by performing the classic “Today I Started Loving You Again.”

And guess what else? #NailedIt

With this kind of talent, Michael Ray is destined for superstardom.

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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