Ray Fulcher is easily one of the most prolific young songwriters in Nashville right now, as he basically co-wrote half of Luke Combs’What You See Is What You Get album, and nearly all of his This One’s For You album.
However, the man truly burst onto the scene and made a name for himself as both a singer and songwriter, as he finally got the opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry, and dropped his EP, Larkin Hill Mixes all last year.
With that being said, the Georgia native just catapulted his solo career even further, dropping his first studio album Spray Painted Line last Friday.
The album consists of a number of great singles he’s dropped over the past couple of years, like “Love Ya Son, Go Dawgs,” “Anything Like You Dance,” “Girl in It,” and many more, showing off his songwriting abilities in the most personal way possible.
However, there’s one song in particular on the album that features a song from arguably the most famous country singer in mainstream country at the moment…
Church wrote “The Battle Of Betty’s Love,” and leading up to the album release last week, Ray posted a heartfelt thank you to his family, friends, and fans, while also discussing how Church has been one of his biggest inspirations in country music.
“Before my album comes out tonight, I wanted y’all to hear a couple things from me. All I’ve ever wanted to do since the night I saw Eric Church play for the first time when I was 19…was to sing and play country music.
I’ll never forget the moment this dream was placed in my heart. It was like everything I’d ever known was turned upside down right there inside of Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA…and I had finally found the true north on my compass.
Since that night, my journey has been filled with extreme highs. I’ve written number 1 songs…I’ve been on tour with one of my best friends in the world on one of biggest tours in the world…I’ve played my dream venue the Grand Ole Opry…I’ve met and worked with some of my heroes…I’ve made friends who will forever be like family to me. I’ve made art that I’m really damn proud of.
I’ve cried happy tears. I’ve also faced some really low lows. BUT, through it all…the dream lived on. The fight was still there. The burning desire to move people the way I was moved that night standing there jaw-dropped when I heard ‘Lightning’ was never shaken. All of that…has led to this. My debut album.
So, to all the fans, listeners, and future listeners of this album…my hope is that you truly take a deep dive in. I hope you find yourself in it, I hope you get lost in it, I hope you heal, I hope you laugh, I hope you call up a long lost friend, I hope you cry if that’s what you need in the moment.
I hope you know that every single word is for YOU and was written with you in mind. I hope that some song or some line or some melody makes your life better in some way or to be the soundtrack to your best days or your worst days. This album isn’t about me, it’s about you.”
To my mom, dad, my sister, my friends and other family, the songwriters I get to work with everyday, my Nashville community, everyone else on my team, those who are no longer with me either in Heaven or somewhere else along your path here on Earth…the impact you’ve made on me are in the words of these songs.
Thank you for moving me, thank you for being the only inspiration I could ever need.”