Singer-songwriter Jimi Ray will be in concert Sat., Apr. 20, in Mount Gilead.
The Montgomery County native has been interested in music since the age of 10, when his dad brought home a guitar and a John Denver record. Ray said those two things helped him “fall in love” with music.
“I loved that record,” Ray said. “The way he wrote, the way his melodies were written, and his song structure would stay with me that day on. I took that little guitar, took one lesson and then decided just to teach myself. So growing up, my life was mostly consumed with music and sports. Eventually I realized that I could sing and started playing and singing in public, but mostly at church. That began what would be my life career choice.”
Jimi Ray describes himself as a songwriter first, and then a performer. He says, “Songs have a way of changing people’s lives, and it’s..an honor to write something that absolutely touches another person.”
Along with co-writer Brian White, Ray has helped pen songs for country musicians including Trace Adkins, Neal McCoy and Rodney Atkins.
The Jimi Ray performance is part of the MGCCA Concert Series, and it starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Haywood Event Center, 104 S. Main St., Mount Gilead. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:00 p.m., and more information is available at 1-855-881-9684 or online at http://www.mgcca.com.