By Juan R Govea
Levi Ray will debut his first recorded EP entitled Battling in CD format Friday night at Main At South Side in Fort Worth TX. The seasoned Singer-Songwriter has had a prolific career in Fort Worth by hosting local showcases and releasing several demos, including last years single release Try.
Recorded last August with Taylor Tatsch at AudioStyles Studio near Austin TX the debut EP stands firm with born and raised Fort Worthian, Ray, bringing to light the daily trials and tribulations of life through soulful and dramatic storytelling that will surely embark listener’s attention.
The self-titled track, Battling, communes a shared reassurance to Ray’s resounding voice bringing to life despairing situations left to overcome. This being the first and favorite track of Ray’s the singer-songwriter says the title track is something he’s particularly proud of, saying the track should resonate with listeners going through hard and troubling times.
Steady listeners of Ray can expect “Down to the River” to be included in the EP. A song that Ray has performed at local venues around DFW, which he says has ended his set list for the past decade. The track was written during Rays own hard times, stating musician and band mate Kris Luther suggested setting the track to piano, landing the song on the EP.
“Shadows” follows the dark theme tale that resonates throughout the EP, which is particularly meaningful to Ray. “Shadows is about the desire to disappear for a while, and hope you can come back better than you were,” he says. “That and not wanting to let anyone down.”
Released last year as a single, Try reassures the 5-track’s meaningful and personal influences by diving into the lyrical rhythm of Battling’s ideas of lost love. The track pairs well with Ray’s fifth track “Wichita” shinning a light on the EP.
Ray states that Try is autobiographical. Placing itself with the dark elements of the EP, which he says is particularly unintentional as they are meaningful to the struggles of everyday life.
Ray’s deep Battling voice tackles despair with a reassuring gesture, “I heard the other day that you’ve been battling too, I want you to know, I know your battle because I’ve been battling too.”
Ray is set to perform with a full band Friday night February 1, which will including Ray’s father Gerald Ray on guitar.
Musical guests include Ryan Wilcox & The Sunday Shakes, Ansley (recently debuted “Lighthouse” music video), Polydogs (releasing first single) and Garret Owen at Main at South Side in Fort Worth, TX.