Carl Ray Williams is a singer/composer known for the famous Nashville-style and especially his own-style! The Nashville stars seemed to like Carl Ray as he attracted their attention more and more. We all know the Nashville-style but how has Carl Ray changed things to create his own style?
Carl Ray: “I grew up with a lot of different music singing in the choir, the church, acapella groups, jazz, country bands, R&B bands, and a little classical. I love all music which set me up to what I am today.”
One country star, Johnny Nash discovered Carl Ray and became his mentor. They became friends going on trips together, hunting and fishing, both singing in the church choir, going to his house for BBQ.
“Carl Ray: “Johnny Nash sang like a troubadour with ballads, songs that had stories and loved all types of music. He gave me my first guitar and taught me the dos and don’ts of the music business. Johnny Nash asked me to write songs for his album. He told me, anytime you sing don’t sing like me, I want you to make the song your own!
I was given his song “I Can See Clearly Now” and I changed it for my latest album.”
ABOUT “I Can See Clearly Now”
Carl Ray’s latest single, “I Can See Clearly Now” serves as a breath of fresh air and hope while remaining true to the classic masterpiece originally sung by his mentor, Johnny Nash. During their friendship, Nash and Ray agreed that they would one day record a record together. Turning back the hands of time to fulfill this promise, Ray found the inspiration to pay homage to his musical hero after Nash’s passing in 2020 while witnessing the hardships the world has faced over the last year. Ray’s upbeat version of this classic is a true sensation that delicately weaves new life into the storyline. The tune is laced with his tenor appeal which has been often compared to Nash. Ray’s rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” single will surely become a household favorite once again, having us all singing, dancing, and looking past obstacles to dream a brand new dream for our world.
“I Can See Clearly Now” achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box charts. It also reached number one in Canada and South Africa.
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