Michael Ray celebrates at Grand Ole Opry – By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Michael Ray celebrates at Grand Ole

His third No. 1: “One That Got

By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

It was party time backstage at the
Grand Ole Opry as Warner Music Nashville recording artist Michael Ray
celebrated his Number One song, “One That Got Way.” The party,
co-hosted by ASCAP and BMI, honored the song’s writers Matthew
Ramsey, Trevor Rosen Jesse Frasure and Josh Osborne. “One That Got
Away” is Michael’s third No. 1.

Osborne and Frasure joined in the
celebration, but Ramsey and Rosen (both members of Old Dominion) were
unavailable as they were on tour.

My BFF and fellow Kentuckian, Shannon
McCombs, was at the event, reporting on behalf of her weekly
syndicated CDX Country News feature. Shannon asked Michael about the
artists he looks up to, like Mark Wills and Travis Tritt and what its
like to have them as outspoken fans of his.

“Mark Wills, Travis, Joe Diffie,
Tracy Lawrence, Dailey and Vincent… I could go on and on about the
artists that have treated me like a brother from day one,” replied
Michael. “These are the guys that are the reason I started playing
guitar. I was learning their songs when they would come on the
radio, with my acoustic guitar. I would listen to them with my dad
and now I’m able to introduce them to my dad. It’s like this
beautiful circle.”

  • Josh Osborne is a multi-platinum
    Grammy winning songwriter who has notched 18 No. 1s on the Country
    charts and is the reigning Music Row Top Country Songwriter of the
    Year. Originally from Kentucky, Osborne moved to Nashville to hone
    his craft, earning his first No.1 with Kenny Chesney’s “Come
    Over” in 2012. In 2015, Osborne joined frequent collaborator
    Shane McAnally’s company, SMACKSongs, as a partner and songwriter.

  • Jesse Frasure is a Nashville-based
    hit songwriter, music publisher, producer and DJ. He is also General
    Manager of Rhythm House, a co-venture of Roc Nation Nashville and
    Warner Chappell Music. Frasure has written 12 number one songs,
    produced an additional 8 number one songs, and has seen
    multi-platinum success producing for the likes of Thomas Rhett,
    Billy Currington, Lauren Alaina among others.

  • Matthew Ramsey, in addition to
    being a hit songwriter, is the lead vocalist with Old Dominion.
    Ramsey has had hit songs for artists that include The Band Perry,
    Craig Morgan, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan,
    and – of course – Old Dominion.

  • Trevor Rosen
    is also a member of Old Dominion with whom he plays guitar and
    keyboards. Rosen signed with SMACKtown Music and Wrensong/Reynsong
    Publishing in 2013. Rosen has writing credits on many No. 1 songs
    for artist such as Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and Blake Shelton,
    often co-writing with Ramsey. Rosen wrote the longest charting #1
    song in Country Aircheck history, William Michael Morgan’s I Met A

Also attending the backstage
celebration at the Opry was Michael Ray’s fiancé and future wife,
Carly Pearce, who shot to fame with her debut single “Every Little
Thing” (Big Machine).

More about Michael Ray at his website

Caption for on-stage photo:

Ray on stage with Josh Osborne, Jesse Frasure and WMN’s Adrian Michaels
and Cris Lacy. Photo Credit: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

Caption for ‘cake’ photo:

Michael Ray’s No. 1 party cake. Photo Credit: Shannon McCombs

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