About a year ago, Ray Wilson released his first full length album, Troubadour. Last year at this time, Ray had a mindset of hopefulness. He bought one thousand physical albums and he envisioned himself selling a few and giving away the rest. His ultimate goal was to get his music in front of as many people as possible so that he could do the thing he really loves: playing live shows.
The song “Sit Beneath the Tree”, according to Ray, wrote itself. It all began two years ago as a simple guitar part and the more Ray played around with it, the more the words flowed out and formed around the song. It was destiny.
Ray returned to Amarillo last week from his New Mexico and Colorado Three Day Tour where he performed shows at Adobe Bar, Taos Mesa Brewing, and the Lila B. Lounge along with Zoe Bohlen (of Sleep for Dreaming) and Angela Monden. Ray said that the entire tour was an amazing experience for him as a musician.
Ray Wilson Music is excited to announce a Three Day Tour coming up this August. Ray Wilson, along with Angela Monden, will be traveling to New Mexico, where they will perform two shows, and then to Colorado, where they will perform one show. Ray is eager to hit the road and bring his music to new places where he will have the chance to meet current fans and create new fans.
According to Singer/Songwriter Tyler Stanfield, he was exposed to music from his “first breath.” Coming from a musical family, he was surrounded by music from the very beginning and his interest was sparked at a young age. He became a touring musician five years ago and graced Amarillo, Texas with his sound for the first time last January at Bar Z Winery.
Amarillo Magazine came out with a story this month about tattoos and their place in the workplace today. From teachers to lawyers, and from business owners to chefs, Amarillo Magazine interviewed and photographed several Amarillo professionals who all have one thing in common: tattoos. The article proved that tattoos are viewed differently than they were even ten years ago. While some of the interviewees still cover up their tattoos in professional environments, others don’t. Some even credit their tattoos for a portion of their success.
If you haven’t heard about what has gone on with Taylor Swift and Apple this past week, then you must be living in a cave. In case that’s you, I’ll fill you in. Apple decided to make their new music streaming service free for the first three months in order to entice and retain users. During the three months, artists (both signed and indie) would receive no compensation for the plays to their music. Indie musicians spoke out about this infringement upon their copyright...but Apple didn’t listen until Taylor Swift posted an open letter to the company on Sunday from her Twitter account.
Ray Wilson spent 15 years of his life without picking up a musical instrument. 15 years of growing his tech company cat-man-du, supporting his family, and making money. But he wasn’t fulfilled. Something was missing. And it wasn’t until he read “How to Find God’s Will” by fellow Amarilloan Josh Wood that he realized that he was made to create music, not just money.
The recording and producing of Ray Wilson’s album “Troubadour” was the result of friendship and the collaboration of creative minds.
Amarillo, Texas is full of talented musicians and Ray Wilson’s backup singer, Angela Monden, stands out among the crowd as one of Amarillo’s brightest and most vibrant. Angela met Ray less than a year ago at Hoot’s Pub where she was singing publicly for one of the first times as a backup singer for musician Dave Regal while Ray played guitar with them. She said they talked about music, gardening, and basically “nerded out.” They were instant friends.