Ray LaMontagne
Musician
Ray LaMontagne
Raymond "Ray" Charles Jack LaMontagne is an American singer-songwriter. LaMontagne has released four studio albums, Trouble, Till the Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain and God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise. He was born in New Hampshire and was inspired to create music after hearing an album by Stephen Stills. Critics have compared LaMontagne's music to that of The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, and Tim Buckley. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
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World Cafe's Best Sessions Of 2016
NPR - 2 months
We recorded over 200 live sessions this year, but we've narrowed it down to seven of our favorites. Listen back to Darlingside, Ray LaMontagne, Xenia Rubinos and more. (Image credit: Rich McKie /WXPN)
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Singer Ray LaMontagne cancels UT-Austin show over campus carry law
CNN - 5 months
Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has canceled an upcoming show at the University of Texas at Austin to show his "disappointment" with the state's campus carry law.
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Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe
NPR - 11 months
Hear LaMontagne perform his new album, Ouroboros, in full, backed by members of My Morning Jacket.
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World Cafe Presents: Ray LaMontagne, 'Hey, No Pressure'
NPR - 12 months
Watch LaMontagne perform a song from Ouroboros, with an assist from members of My Morning Jacket.
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New Music From Ray LaMontagne, Lucius, A Bowie Cover From Glen Hansard, More
NPR - about 1 year
Our first new mix of 2016 includes a David Bowie cover from Glen Hansard, premieres from Ray LaMontagne, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Laura Gibson and more.
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The Search For The Right Song
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Doug Zanger The language of music has long been considered universal. But, to be fair, it's more likely that that the appreciation of music is a better descriptor. As human beings, we know what we like, what we don't -- and enjoy the exploration of what music can bring to our lives. Throw in the language of a brand with music, and you have something that can be perplexing, even to a brand marketer. Choosing music to compliment anything brand related -- a spot, content -- is not as easy as it seems. The lay person might think, "well, here's the brand, and this music that I like would be perfect." This is when the language of music and brands need to come together. "It's about understanding the brand and what the client thinks the brand is," said Kenny Ochoa, Founder of Quiver, a brand and entertainment music consultancy, based in Los Angeles. "Most of the time, it's difficult for people to articulate and describe, in musical terms, what that brand or product really is or mean ...
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Two Tales From the Tavern Infuse Hope, Faith and Remembrance: Sara Lee Guthrie Johnny Irion and Jeffrey Faucault
Huffington Post - about 3 years
By Nancy Chuda Santa Ynez California Courtesy of Jeremy Ball A Magical Night! Tales from the Tavern at the Maverick Saloon was a mixture of musical latitudes blending folk, rocking faith, and preserving the freedom to choose. Eric Heywood and Sara Lee Guthrie "God's in the Details" Joe Henry's Blog. Referring to the brilliant mastermind of pedal steel great Eric Heywood. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and proclaiming "Wow, what a ride"! -Hunter S. Thompson We lost a giant. Pete Seeger devoted his life to humanity. He paved the way for important milestones throughout his beloved Hudson Valley, New York and the nation. The New York Senate unanimously passed a resolution memorializing the life of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger who passed away Jan. 27. The resolution notes that Seeger contributed to the advancement of ...
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‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollywood Week 1 Begins With Shocking Twist
Hollywood Life - about 3 years
Now that auditions are over, the Feb. 5 episode of ‘American Idol’ takes us to Hollywood — and the judges had a shocking twist in store for the hopefuls! Read on to find out if your favorites from the auditions made the cut!  “If you screw this up, it’s over,” said Harry Connick Jr. in the opening teaser of this week’s episode. Well, yes. That’s how this thing works. But he was referring to a twist that the Idol producers sprung on the hopefuls: just when they thought they were home-free and on their way to Hollywood, they were escorted to an airplane hangar to sing for their lives! Or their chance at the Idol throne, whatever. See below to find out which of our favorites made it! ‘American Idol’ Recap: Hollywood Week 1 Top 5 Auditions In Omaha It seemed kind of rude to tell the Idol kids they’d made it only to take them to an airplane hangar and then make them audition again — this time in front of their competition. It’s a good way to see if they’ll crack under the pressur ...
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How Running Keeps Me Sane
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I was going through the different running mixes that I had created over the past few years, and they really show what I was going through at any given time. Before the divorce it was: Ani Difranco, Ray Lamontagne, and Van Morisson. Very melancholy, somber music that allowed me the opportunity to cry and wallow in my emotions while trying to figure out how to leave a bad marriage. I started running a year before my marriage ended. Even though I convinced myself that I was doing it to exercise and get in shape so that my then-spouse would find me desirable (another story, for another time), I was really using it as an escape. To be outside, by myself, listening to angry music allowed me the freedom to feel my emotions in a way that I couldn't do once I was back home. After I left the marriage, I began running has much as possible to relieve stress. After hours spent sitting in a small conference room with a mediator, lawyers, and my ex all I wanted to do was hit the pavement and swe ...
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Before 'The Voice' Season 5 Top 10 Finalists Were Famous (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NBC's hit singing show "The Voice" propels singers to instant stardom -- but that talent is a long time in the making. Season 5 is stocked with incredible talents: masterful Tessanne Chin, the powerful Matthew Schuler and precious Caroline Pennell, to name a few. But these contestants aren't just flashes in the proverbial pan. We hunted through YouTube to find a glimpse of our Top 10 singers before they became famous. From dorm room sing-alongs to a Jamaican reggae video, these musicians lived their passion long before they stepped onto the NBC stage. Scroll down to see your favorite Season 5 contestants back when they were just 10 young singers with the same dream -- and tell us in the comments who you think deserves to win "The Voice." Kat Robichaud Crazy Kat Robichaud's stage antics aren't just something she picked up for primetime TV. As the lead singer of The Design, Kat cut this video wielding a guitar, sequined bra and a pair of hot pants. Her crowdsurf during "Sail" ...
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Aussie Singer/Songwriter Mark Wilkinson Plays CMJ Music Marathon Thursday, October 17
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Close on the heels of the release of his acclaimed second studio album, Australian singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson started his first U.S. tour earlier this month and has his New York City debut tomorrow night, Thursday October 17th, as part of the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Wilkinson has a 6pm showcase at Rockwood Music Hall in lower Manhattan which is open to the public and will likely be jam-packed if the recent press on him is any indication. Let The River Run was released by MGM Distribution on August 9 and promptly rose to #2 on the Australian iTunes singer-songwriter charts, racing past Grammy-nominated artists Ed Sheeran and The Lumineers. In addition the album debuted at #2 on the Australian Independent Record charts. Wilkinson's single "Middle Ground" reached #12 on the ARIA singles charts, and was also previewed in a popular Nescafe ad campaign in June. Used With Permission I spoke with Wilkinson last night about the new album, his American tour dates and a very spe ...
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Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe
NPR - over 3 years
No longer a solo act, the singer-songwriter and his band The Pariah Dogs released God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise in 2010. In this archival recording, check out their old-school Americana on stage at WXPN in Philadelphia. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Jimmy Kimmel Marries! See Molly McNearney's Wedding Dress!
US Magazine - over 3 years
The new Mr. and Mrs.! As Us Weekly previously reported, Jimmy Kimmel married Molly McNearney on Saturday, July 13, in a star-studded wedding in Ojai, Calif., and the bride, a co-head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, looked absolutely stunning on their special day. PHOTOS: Celeb weddings in 2013 Wearing a gorgeous strapless, flowing mermaid style dress with a diamond-encrusted belt that "sparkled in the twilight" according to an eyewitness, the 35-year-old was all smiles next to her 45-year-old tux-cladded husband. Joined by 300 guests, including Ben Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon and wife Luciana, Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux, Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi, Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski, Howard Stern and Johnny Knoxville, the long-time couple sure had a night to remember. PHOTOS: Stars' stunning wedding pics For their first dance, a source tells Us Weekly that the pair danced to Ray LaMontagne's "Let It Be Me" and later danced ...
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Michael Sigman: A Bold New Way To Say No to Cliche
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sixty-seven years ago, George Orwell observed that "[Political] prose consists more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen house." Nowadays, you can't watch cable news for 10 minutes without hearing a talking head hold forth with a "having said that," a "game changer" a "double down" or a "walk back." If everything is "robust," then nothing is. Most excruciating, of course, is "at the end of the day," which should never apply to anything but the actual end of an actual day. When these cringe-inducing mal mots insidiously lodge themselves in our minds, is there anything can we do to ensure that we don't unconsciously secrete them the way the mouth secretes saliva? Turns out the nascent but burgeoning field of cliché-prevention offers hope via a variation of The Costanza Doctrine (aka "DTO" or "Do The Opposite"): "Say the opposite." Why not lower the bar, cast a narrower net, see the small picture, be impactless or take it to t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray LaMontagne
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 42
    On September 20, 2016, LaMontagne announced that he was canceling a September 22 show at the Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas at Austin, due to Texas's recently implemented campus carry law.
    More Details Hide Details The pro-campus carry group Students for Concealed Carry responded by accusing LaMontagne of hypocrisy for not canceling a September 17 concert at a Salt Lake City concert hall that also allows the licensed, concealed carry of handguns. In 2009 LaMontagne paid $1.05 million for a 103-acre farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts, the former residence of U.S. Ambassador William C. Bullitt, where he lives with his wife, Sarah Sousa, and their two children in the farmhouse built in 1830. Sousa is a published poet via Red Mountain Press and his sons are budding artists. He refers to himself as a "very private person" and rarely gives interviews. Studio albums
  • 2014
    Age 40
    On July 23, 2014, during a show at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan, LaMontagne interrupted a song and walked off stage as a result of two fans talking during his concert, after having previously asked the audience to quiet down.
    More Details Hide Details The incident included yelling profanity at the couple before walking off stage. Once the couple was escorted away, LaMontagne continued the concert.
    On October 9, 2014 LaMontagne spoke and performed at the Grammy Museum
    More Details Hide Details In May 2015, NBC's "The Voice" contestant Sawyer Fredericks performed "Please", a song written by LaMontagne early in his career and included in his self-released album Introducing Ray Lamontagne. The song immediately became the number two single on the iTunes chart, and Fredericks was declared the winner of the competition that same month. LaMontagne has a unique vocal style, which he says is created by singing through his gut instead of through his nose. He cites Stephen Stills, Richard Manuel, and Rick Danko as strong musical influences while critics have compared LaMontagne's music to that of The Band, Van Morrison, Nick Drake, and Tim Buckley. Lamontagne's raspy baritone vocal style is seen to be unique due to the high number of male tenor vocalists in modern music. A Rolling Stone review of his album Supernova referred to his voice as an "impeccably weathered tenor croon" and his phrasing as "marble-mouthed." Other vocalists with a similar vocal sound to Lamontagne include Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder and David Knowles
    In April 2014 LaMontagne released his fifth album, Supernova.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached No.2 on iTunes in the first several hours of its release. The album then went to number one on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. It was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and recorded at Auerbach's Nashville studio. The title track was made available for download on ITunes and Google Play Music on 25 February 2014.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011 LaMontagne sang a duet with Irish singer Lisa Hannigan, "O Sleep", which was featured on her Choice Music Award-nominated album Passenger.
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  • 2010
    Age 36
    In December 2010, LaMontagne received two Grammy nominations and won the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
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    In August 2010, he performed at a Nashville, Tennessee charity event to raise money for victims of a local flood.
    More Details Hide Details The song, "Empty", appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2010 and was heard during the film credits for the movie The Conspirator. It also appeared in Tony Kaye's film Detachment in 2011, released in the US in 2012. LaMontagne performed on the program Live from Abbey Road in October 2006. The New England native was featured on VH1 Storytellers in 2011.
    In December 2010, LaMontagne received Grammy nominations and won the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
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    LaMontagne's self-produced studio album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs), was released in August 2010.
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    His song "Let it be Me" was featured on the television series Parenthood and was included on the Parenthood soundtrack in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details It was also used in an episode entitled "JJ" from the sixth season of Criminal Minds and in the seventh episode from season one of Fringe titled In Which We Meet Mr. Jones.
  • 2009
    Age 35
    The song "You Are the Best Thing" was featured in the movie I Love You, Man and in the television series One Tree Hill. LaMontagne performed on Saturday Night Live in March 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The songs "Sarah" and "I Still Care For You" appeared on the television series House.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    LaMontagne released his third studio album, Gossip in the Grain, on RCA Records in 2008; it debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts with 60,000 units sold.
    More Details Hide Details Working again with producer Ethan Johns, the album featured LaMontagne's touring band of Jennifer Condos on bass, Eric Heywood on guitar, and Ethan Johns on drums and guest vocals from singer/songwriter Leona Naess.
  • 2006
    Age 32
    LaMontagne performed at KYSR's Lounge for Life charity concert on 5 October 2006 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.
    More Details Hide Details He also auctioned off one of his guitars on eBay for its charity auction. Funds raised from the concert and auction went to breast cancer research.
    In 2006 LaMontagne performed on The Tonight Show.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Till the Sun Turns Black" was featured on the television show ER, and the songs "Lesson Learned" and "Within You" appeared on the CW drama One Tree Hill. His song "Be Here Now" was heard on the trailer for the movie Away From Her, in the film 27 Dresses, on the TV shows Bones, Covert Affairs and Brothers & Sisters.
    LaMontagne's second album, Till the Sun Turns Black, was released in August 2006 and featured horn and string sections on several of the songs with Rachael Yamagata providing additional vocals on the song "Barfly".
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 28,000 copies in its first week of release. The album spawned the single "Three More Days".
  • 2005
    Age 31
    In 2005, he performed at two charity events, a New York City fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and at the "Warren Haynes Christmas Jam".
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    An EP of LaMontagne's performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival was released in 2005 and his song "All the Wild Horses" was part of the soundtrack for the TV series Rescue Me and the 2009 film The Boys Are Back.
    More Details Hide Details His song "Trouble" appeared in the TV series Alias and his song "Jolene" was heard in the credits of the 2010 film The Town. His song "Hold You in My Arms" was featured in the 2006 movie, She's The Man.
    During a 2005 tour, LaMontagne performed at the music festival, Austin City Limits.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    A business executive named Ron Clayton discovered Ray at a musical festival in Maine and introduced LaMontagne to Chrysalis Music Publishing and in 2004 LaMontagne recorded the album Trouble with producer Ethan Johns and sold it to RCA Records in the USA and Echo Records in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured performances by Sara Watkins and Jennifer Stills, daughter of musician Stephen Stills. The album sold over 250,000 copies in the USA and 500,000 worldwide.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 25
    In the summer of 1999, he recorded 10 songs for a demo album that was sent to various local music venues including Maine's Oddfellow Theater, where he was hired as an opening act for John Gorka and Jonathan Edwards.
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    LaMontagne was inspired to quit his job and begin a career as a singer-songwriter after waking up one morning to the radio on his alarm clock playing the Stephen Stills' song "Treetop Flyer". LaMontagne began performing in 1999, while maintaining a part-time job as a tutor.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    LaMontagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973, one of six children raised by his mother.
    More Details Hide Details In his early teens he lived in Morgan, Utah and was more interested in drawing images of Dungeons & Dragons than in his school work. After graduating from high school, LaMontagne moved to Lewiston, Maine and found work in a shoe factory. LaMontagne also spent a significant amount of time in Wilton, Maine.
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