Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Nashville, TN (February 20, 2020) – Songwriter and recording artist Frank Ray has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Spirit Music Nashville/Fluid Music Revolution.
Named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists you need to know, Frank Ray is a former police officer who left his full time job to pursue his passion as a country music artist. He has since been sharing his talent with audiences throughout the United States as well as leading aspiring Hispanic artists in what he calls the beginning of a modern Latino Country movement. Frank Ray’s music embodies what the Los Angeles Times calls the fastest growing demographic in country music—Latino millennials.
Ray’s solo debut EP Different Kind of Country and the title track of the same name quickly gave rise to Ray’s popularity and the long-awaited emergence of a Hispanic artist in country music. His second EP, Tequila Mockingbird was released in 2018 and garnered attention from networks such as the nationally televised CBS Evening News, USA Network, and NBC’s “Today Show”. His song “The Drive” went to #1 on Texas regional radio.
“Spirit Music Nashville and Fluid Music Revolution are beyond excited to be working with Frank Ray,” said Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville. “Over the last several years, we have watched as Frank has developed into a seasoned singer, songwriter and performer. We feel like the sky is the limit for Frank and now it is time for the world to find out about him. Here we go!!!!”
“I’m so excited to be a part of the Spirit Music Nashville/ Fluid Music Revolution team,” said Frank Ray. “They’ve taken me under their wing since I first started coming to Nashville and I’ve always felt like part of the family. The company is forward-thinking, the staff is both attentive and fun to work with and the writers are beyond amazing! As an artist, I’m confident that the collective wealth of knowledge at SMN/Fluid is sure to break out some hits for me and many others for years to come!”
Frank Ray and has shared the stage with Keith Urban, Luke Combs, Granger Smith, Kip Moore, Brett Elderedge, Wynona Judd, Josh Turner, Toby Keith, Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae, Big & Rich, and Luke Bryan, to name a few. He is currently touring in support of his EP.
Ray grew up in Columbus but lives in Las Cruces, about 50 miles north of El Paso, Texas.
Since announcing the appointment of Frank Rogers to Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Nashville in May of 2019, the company has made quick impact with a multi-faceted deal with GRAMMY® award winning songwriter David Garcia (including a purchase of his catalog and a pub deal for future works); the signing of Music Row’s “Song of the Year” GRAMMY nominated co-writer Jeremy Bussey; the signing of a joint venture with ACM’s “Guitar Player of the Year” Derek Wells and his 2 Mix Music enterprise; as well as the signings of Bobby Hamrick, Brinley Addington, Abe Stoklasa and Neil Thrasher. Other recent successes by Spirit Music Nashville include a publishing interest in Billboard’s #1 and #2 “Songs of the Decade” (“Meant To Be” via David Garcia and “Body Like a Backroad” via Zach Crowell); the top two Billboard “Albums of the Decade” (Traveller by Chris Stapleton and Montevallo by Sam Hunt); ASCAP’s Song of the Year (“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne); SESAC’s Song of the Year (“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington); CMA Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban) and CMA Album of the Year From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton); and a publishing interest in ACM nominations for Song of the Year (“Whiskey & You” by Chris Stapleton); Single of the Year (“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland) and Songwriter of the Year (Josh Osborne).
Spirit Music Group and Spirit Music Nashville have had a string of signing successes and acquisitions over the last year. In 2019, Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit Music Group and secure a recapitalization of over $350 million. The capital raise allows Spirit to continue to build upon its already impressive legacy and community of renowned artists and songwriters. Now wholly-owned by the newly formed Lyric Capital Group, Spirit Music Group remains a strong, independent publisher.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. Spirit’s portfolio consists of over 200 #1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs.
Among its most notable songwriters and writer/artists are James Bay, John Barrett, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Big Data, Marc Bolan, T Bone Burnett, Jonny Coffer, Zach Crowell, Rami Dawod, Henry Mancini, Matt & Kim, Johnny McDaid, The Marshall Tucker Band, Graham Nash, John Newman, Rick Nowels, David Paich, Doc Pomus, Frank Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squier, Pete Townshend, Gregg Wattenberg; and the breakthrough work of newer artists including Dagny and Tim Montana.
Spirit has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit has helped transform the publisher's role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership by creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients' songs and expand their brands.
Spirit Music Group is headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville and the Netherlands. Spirit is a portfolio company of Lyric Capital Group, led by seasoned music executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron.
For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.