Vh1 Storytellers: Ray Lamontagne Coming in June
"My motto is to play every night like it's my last" said Ray LaMontagne to a friendly crowd of 150 people at Metropolis Studios in NYC on Thursday, May 12th. Ray taped his upcoming "VH1 Storytellers" episode and shared intimate stories about his life growing up as one of six kids in Nebraska.
Ray, who is a 2011 Grammy Award winner for his fourth studio album "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," played an hour-and-a-half set for fans which included nine songs from his vast catalogue.
While introducing the song "Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's A Shame)," Ray dedicated it to his brother, who is currently incarcerated. Notoriously shy, Ray stunned the audience by opening up about his personal life, something he rarely discusses. "I've been married for a long time. I met my girl when I was eight. At 17 I held her hand and at 22 I married her."
Throughout the performance, Ray paused for various questions from the audience. He answered everything from "Is music therapeutic for you?" to "Which song is most telling of who you are?" The insightful and soft-spoken singer-songwriter confessed that in 1999 he quit his job at a shoe factory to pursue a career as a musician. "I came to music knowing I had some really great songs There was just a voice in my head saying that I should just keep trying."
For viewers at home, they will gain a unique opportunity to hear Ray share additional stories and insight into his songwriting process and career. This exclusive performance, "VH1 Storytellers: Ray LaMontagne" will premiere on Friday, June 10th at 11 PM ET/PT.