Marty Ray Project - Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Marty Ray Project's "Haunted" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the Rock / Indie Rock / Alternative music category.
What got you into music?
I have been singing since I came out of the womb so God just put it in my soul from the start. I’m just trying to do my part and not bury the gifts He gave me.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love writing songs and getting them recorded. Hearing the song after it’s entirely completed is always a joy for me.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
It’s the best part about writing songs for me. Writing it down on pen and paper and turning a voice recording into exactly what I heard in my head is the best feeling.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
The biggest obstacles for Indie Artists today is budget and algorithms.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I admire anyone who is out there doing what they love in music, without having to sign a record deal, and making it work.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
I don’t think of my songs in that way. I love all of my songs for different reasons. I always tell people I feel like every song I wrote is a hit or I don’t finish it. Others might not think they are, but I do.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I’m always writing songs. Sometimes for companies like: Garmin, Netflix, Rip It, and Tern-X. I love to write for companies. I have a new album coming early next year and have released two singles from it.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Marty Ray
Marty Ray Project is an artist that does not fit in a creative box. He sings and writes songs from the heart. Sometimes his heart is rocking blues, sometimes it is outlaw country, and sometimes it is gospel. Whatever genre is on his heart at the time that is what he writes or sings. He has a soulful sound in every song he sings though, regardless of genre. He has played for large audiences all over the country and has released three albums and 5 singles in his 12 year music career. He has also had some of his songs in TV and Film. He has amassed over 200 million views and a fan base of over a million across all social media platforms.