Ray was born the son of a Baptist minister in Asheville, NC.  He attended monthly singing classes in his mid to late teens held in local churches with his friends Rex Nelon and London Parris.  After Ray graduated high school, he sang bass with a couple of gospel groups before joining the Army at age 18.  While in the Army, Ray was stationed mostly in Germany where he served as a Drill Sergeant. After returning home, he joined the Kingsmen in the early 1960's.

Ray's birthday is May 16.  His nickname is "Cuzin".  His hobbies include golf, watching sports, old war movies, and reading.  His favorite Bible verse is Psalms 100:1,2.  Ray most admires Reverend C.L. Leonard and Squire Parsons.  His favorite singer is London Parris and his favorite musician is Brandon Reese.  
Ray has performed on some of America's most prestigious stages, on various radio and television programs, at The Grand Ole Opry, and even at the White House for a presidential concert for President Jimmy Carter.  As a Kingsmen, he is a member of the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame and was inducted personally as part of the 2008 class to the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  Despite the numerous accolades and accomplishments God has blessed him with, Ray is most proud of the fact that he has introduced untold numbers of people to Jesus Christ.  He counts it a great honor to have spent most of the last five decades making his living traveling the world with some of his best friends and singing the greatest music on earth about his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Ray and his wife Carolyn reside in Asheville, NC.  
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