‘Catch of the Day’ – Ray Scott – “Livin’ This Way” [AUDIO]
Today we feature an artist who graduated from Atlanta’s Music Business Institute, and then went completely against industry norms to do things his own way, sometimes at the detriment of his career. But he has done things the only way he knows, his way.
Ray Scott hit Nashville after receiving his degree from Music Business Institute, working first as a songwriter before signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 2005. Before signing the deal, Scott wrote hits for Randy Travis (“Pray For The Fish“) and Clay Walker (“A Few Questions“), as well as several album tracks for other artists. In the meantime, Scott started his own band that played first around the Raleigh, North Carolina area, then moved to Music City.
Scott’s debut album, 2005’s My Kind Of Music was both the beginning and the end to his major label career. The album produced three top-40 singles: the title track, “Gone Either Way” and “I Didn’t Come Here To Talk“. Issues between Scott and the label regarding how he and the album were to be publicized almost immediately, and after the third single was released, Scott announced he was leaving the label.
Taking the bull by the horns, Scott formed his own label, Jethropolitan Records in time for the release of his second album, Crazy Like Me, in 2008. The only single from the
album, “Sometimes The Bottle Hits You Back“, beginning a trend for Scott of well-written, well performed songs that can’t find their way to the country charts. Beginning with Crazy Like Me, Scott has released 3 self-produced albums for the label. None of the albums has reached the country albums chart, while none of the 5 singles from the albums has charted either.
While terrestrial radio has pretty much turned its back on Scott, he has experienced a rebirth on satellite radio, performing several times for Sirius/XM’s channel The Highway, and appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for the 44th time in May of 2015. Ray is reported to be back in the studio, working on a new album for 2017, which will quite probably be released through his label, like the last 3. The lead single for the project is in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Ray Scott and “Livin’ This Way” is today’s Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll wanna hear it again.