By Gary Voorhies ©
2006 CMA Close Up News Service / Country Music Association, Inc.
out this audio interview with Ray Scott recorded October
27, 2006. Click
Scott comes by his Country roots honestly. Raised in the farming
community of Semora, N.C., he was the son of a Country Music
singer. He credits his dad, Ray Sr., as his biggest musical
lot of people name off artists as influences and I have those
too, but the biggest impression on me was my dad," Scott
said. "He was a singer and I heard his interpretations of
all those great Country songs growing up. I realize more all the
time that listening to his versions and comparing them to the
originals I heard on the radio taught me a lot about how to make
a song your own."
he matured, Scott was drawn to the authority and gritty realism
of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie
Nelson. "Those guys defined an era of Country
Music," he said. "They left a permanent impression on
me that I wear like a badge of honor."
19, Scott formed his first band in Raleigh, N.C., a short-lived
project. He went on to college, graduated, then started another
band. After moving to Nashville, he earned a publishing
deal with Tom Collins Music. The years of dedication to his
craft began to pay off when Randy Travis cut his song "Pray
for the Fish" and Clay Walker recorded "A Few
co-wrote all of the 13 songs on his Warner Bros. debut, My
Kind of Music. Produced by Philip Moore and Buddy Cannon,
the album was released on Nov. 22.
HIS OWN WORDS:
song would you like to cover? "'I'm On Fire' written and
performed by Bruce Springsteen."
CD is on your stereo right now? "John Prine's Fair
is your dream duet partner? "Patty Loveless."
they look back on your life in 50 years, what do you hope people
say about you? "Ray was a pretty good ole boy who wrote
some really cool tunes."
moment in your life would you relive if you could? "My
first night performing on the Grand Ole Opry."
the Web: www.rayscott.com