It is a rare creative soul who can work at the highest artistic levels in two distinct disciplines. Ray Stephenson has just this kind of soul.
Wildly literate, utterly artistic, impossibly ambitious, absolutely a slave to his art, the South Georgian is completely committed to the truth. He is a world class songwriter, recording artist, an intensely captivating live singer, guitar player, record producer & virtuoso painter. Add in the ability to express the uniquely personal in a universal way, and you have a true artist.
Ray Stephenson does exactly that in his paintings, his songwriting & his performances.
As a songwriter, Ray was named "CCMA Songwriter of the Year" in 2013 at the Canadian Country Music Awards. His song "Leaning on a Lonesome Song" went #1 in Canada for 5 weeks and #1 on the European country chart. In 2011, Ray wrote title tracks for Blake Shelton's album Red River Blue & Kenny Chesney's album Hemingway's Whiskey, which both reached #1 on the Billboard Album Charts & were certified Platinum. He's been a part of 4 GRAMMY nominated projects & 1 GRAMMY winning project.
He's written songs for Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, John Anderson, Guy Clark & many more.
As a painter, Ray began Rock and Roll Paintings by Ray Stephenson in 2009. In 2012, Ray became the Official Painter of the Monsters of Rock Tour. He's been featured at the Bluebird Cafe, Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville Airport and the Country Music Hall of Fame, CMT and Two Old Hippies. He's had feature articles in Nashville Arts & Southwest Georgia Living magazines.
His paintings explore his love of color, texture, music & nature. Ray's artistic influences are found in the paintings of Odd Nerdrum, Gustav Klimpt, Rembrandt and Andrew Wyeth. His fine art is highly sought after by art collectors & is a part of several prestigious private collections. He has exhibited his work in Nashville, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Atlanta, & the US Virgin islands.