Friday night was the first time any of the writers on this site had seen Michael Ray perform. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we were blown away. His forty minute set flew by and left us and the entire House of Blues wanting more. Nine songs, including a pair of covers, brought the crowd to life and placed him on a small list of artists we can’t wait to see again. Here are the three things we learned in those forty minutes he was on stage.
He Can Really Sing
His debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning” doesn’t really do his vocals justice. Ray has the rare ability to sing both up and down tempo songs with some serious power. However, maybe the most impressive part is his control. New artists often struggle here, Michael Ray did not.
He Loves Being On Stage
Stage presence is usually the way headliners separate themselves from openers. They’ve been doing it longer and it usually shows. But on Friday night you would have never known that this was Ray’s first time on a national tour. He absolutely owned the stage.
Fans Love Him
I can’t stress enough how much he connected with the crowd. Even venturing off the stage and onto the risers to high five and shake hands with anyone whose arms were long enough. It took less than a couple songs for him to literally have the crowd in the palm of his hand.