Kayla Ray is a Texas Native who delivers country music with rawness and honesty. Her music is polished by her feminine sass and bright smile. While she was raised solely by worldly experience and heartache, Kayla has had the incredible ability to overcome any circumstance. The fire this ability has built inside of her rings loud and clear in her genuine delivery of pure country music. She has surrounded herself with music from our past; growing up she poured over the work of country music giants such as: Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Willie Nelson. Although the influence of these artists is prominent in her strong delivery and original lyrics, she has developed a truly unique and captivating style that is all her own. She is very proud and “blessed” as she puts it, to have had the opportunities that she has had thus far in her music career.
Growing up in the Waco,Texas area, she had countless opportunities to perform with Johnny, Dick and Emily Gimble. And with the help of Tommy Allsup, at 19 she toured two Christmas Ball circuits with The Texas Playboys.
In 2012 Kayla began tour managing and performing with Jason Eady’s full band. Certainly you can imagine the kind of fire it takes a young woman in her budding twenties to manage male musicians twice her age. In this role, Kayla did not disappoint. It seems as if she thrives in adversity, loving every moment and singing with conviction, every mile.
In August 2014, Kayla released her first full length album “Love and Liquor”. This album, produced by her then employer, and mentor, Jason Eady, is a collection of all original country songs, not the new wave “country music” that exploits marketing tactics, the kind of country music that sticks to your ribs and shakes your inner core.
“Love and Liquor”was reviewed by countless bloggers and professionals. A few mentions are :
“Kayla embodies everything that was and should still be country music. Kayla is a sweet spirit with a love of music and the songwriting and performing ability to let the good times and the tough times of her upbringing shine through.” -Brian Strickland Music of New Braunfels
"Kayla Ray is a breath of fresh COUNTRY air. In music genre filled with people trying to sound like other people, Kayla forges her own sound. Much like Loretta and Tammy, before her, she writes and sings from her HEART. Real life is what Country Music is all about, and Kayla Ray sings and writes REAL Country Music, and that's hard to find in this day and age." -Jim Nash 106.9 The Ranch Corsicana, Tx
In 2015 Kayla was named TRRMA’s “New Female Vocalist of the Year”. She is a 4 time MACT Female Vocalist of the year and the album “Love and Liquor” made many top ten lists in both 2014 and 2015.
Outside of her time with Eady, Kayla began her performing in the Central Texas regions and has now grown to touring nationally. Opening for a conglomerate of acts, as well as headlining many of her own shows, despite her youth, she has lifetimes of experience.
Kayla has tackled legendary venues such as Billy Bob's Texas (performing with Cody Jinks, Zane Williams and Whitey Morgan), Luckenbach, as well as many others. Kayla could be found touring through almost 17 states in 2017.
Kayla has followings Texas wide as well as deep through the Mid-West and now, into the west coast. She looks ahead with optimism at the opportunity to tackle new markets. With two TRRMA charting radio singles (“Southside of Town” and “Still Wanting You”) under her belt and an arsenal built of a stellar band, as well as an emporium of original music, we look to contiue to see bright things from Kayla Ray. Her new album "Yesterday and Me" will release in May of 2018