For his latest full-length endeavor, Land of the Living, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter says he envisioned Ray Charles standing on a stage, arms wide open. “I thought if I wrote with that spirit, of knowing your audience so well that you know how to love them, I could speak their language. I could break into their world and speak to them right where they are,” Gray asserts. “It could be more about loving them than about my own self-expression.”
Regardless of the portrait he conjures to help him architect a certain project, Gray has always been a welcoming voice. Since his 2007 nationwide label debut, All the Lovely Losers, Gray has established himself as a true songwriter’s songwriter. The beloved Centricity Music recording artist has garnered multiple ASCAP Performance Awards for popular songs like “Remind Me Who I Am” and “Sparrows” and summited the radio charts with hits like his first No. 1 AC standard, “With Every Act of Love,” and chart-topping Inspo single “Nothing Is Wasted.” Throughout his celebrated tenure, Gray has shared the stage with genre leaders like Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, TobyMac, Lauren Daigle, and others, in addition to headlining tours of his own. Moreover, he’s the host of the popular Acoustic Storytime, a monthly writers-round radio show recorded at The Well Coffeehouse in Brentwood, Tenn., for SiriusXM The Message that highlights stories and songs from both well-known Christian acts and newcomers alike.