Ray Stevens

Multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and two-time Grammy winner Ray Stevens is celebrating 50 years in the music business this year. With over 25 million albums and over 4 million videos sold throughout his illustrious career, the 11 time Grammy nominee has most recently released a 22 song CD/DVD package, “We the People”, available on Ray’s official website. www.RayStevens.com From his comedy hit, “The Streak” to the socially aware “Mr. Businessman” to his Grammy award winning pop standard “Everything is Beautiful,” Stevens continues to showcase his observant and witty songwriting. After recording hits including “Harry The Hairy Ape” and “Santa Claus Is Watching You,” Ray also focused on producing other artists. Working at Monument Records during that period, Ray produced a newcomer, Dolly Parton. In 1970, Ray joined Barnaby Records, a label owned by Andy Williams. After performing on Williams’ television variety show, he became Barnaby’s first contemporary artist. That summer, Ray had the opportunity to host as the summer replacement for the Andy Williams Show on NBC. He needed a hit song for the show and the end result of three days spent in his basement song writing was “Everything Is Beautiful,” which became Ray’s first #1 hit on the pop charts and won him his first Grammy for Male Vocalist of the Year. In 1974 while flying to Los Angeles, Ray read an article about a new fad among college students called ‘streaking’. Inspired, he jotted down a few notes when he

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  1. Ray’s current music video here on You Tube has only been out a little more than a week and it’s gotten over 85,000 views so far. The video is “The Skies Just Ain’t Friendly Anymore”.

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