This sexy country newcomer breathes new life into this Cash classic Michael Ray/YouTube screenshot
Michael Ray/YouTube screenshot

We can’t speak for all country music lovers, but some, including us, can be guilty of occasionally assuming that a singer’s music may sound a certain way based on his or her appearance. You know, tattoos might mean the music is more rock or edgy, a pompadour or undercut on a fella or high-fashion frocks on a girl may mean the music is more pop, and a flat bill cap screams urban-influenced. And sometimes whether those assumptions are right or wrong, those artists still have solid country musical roots and the chops to back them up.

Take super hot and oh-so-sexy Michael Ray.

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Covered in tats and hair that begs for a lady’s fingers to be knotted up in it, Michael is known for high-energy shows and radio-friendly singles like his debut No. 1, “Kiss You In the Morning,” and his newest release, the dreamy “Think a Little Less.” Nestled between those two tracks though, and peaking at a respectable No. 17 on the country singles chart, was “Real Men Love Jesus.” Although he didn’t write it, he sings it with such conviction we realized that we did, in fact, have a true country boy in our midst.

He’s now gone one step further to solidify his stature as a country artist and simultaneously showcase his incredible voice. Michael covers the Johnny Cash classic — and 1970 CMA song of the year — ”Sunday Morning Comin’ Down” for Forever Country’s cover series. It’s so good you’ll hold your breath so you don’t miss a note.

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So, lesson learned. You can’t judge a book by its cover or a country singer by his hair and tattoos. Although his do and his ink do make for an incredibly dreamy young country star.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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