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Michael Ray is the winner of "The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep." He represented Orlando as one of the six semi-finalists in The CW reality singing competition series. His mentor was John Rich.

Michael Ray grew up in central Florida on 10 acres of land with a musical family. The togetherness of his family has become a metaphor for his entire life. Some of his earliest memories come from being onstage as a toddler performing with the family band.

It wasn't long before he started expressing himself further by penning his own material. "I was raised in a close and grounded blue collar family. I believe that comes through in my songwriting. I try to write things that you can relate to if you are 15 or 50. It is important to me that the song means something and moves you." This thoughtful approach is evident in his first self-titled record, produced by Dwight Baker (Kelly Clarkson, Alana Grace, and Bleu Edmondson).

Ray's music and live shows have been attracting audiences and critics from all genres. His style has been compared to the likes of Gary Allan, Jason Aldean, and Waylon Jennings. His energetic personality, natural talent, and passion for music have enabled him to open for Blake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Darryl Worley, and many more.

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Age: ∼28 years old
Hometown: Eustis, FL

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