Country artist Michael Ray will perform the national anthem before Nashville SC’s nationally-televised match against Austin FC pres. by Jackson on Sunday, May 23 at 8:00 CT. Tickets are available here.

For Michael Ray, music is his grandfather singing and sweating on a rural Florida stage. It’s the childhood refuge he found during the pain of his parents’ divorce. It’s family and stories, history and hope. Ray says music saved him, but it did even more: Music made him.

In four short years, Ray has built an impressive foundation. Three No. 1 songs – “Kiss You in the Morning,” “Think a Little Less,” and “One That Got Away” – plus “Get to You” and “Her World or Mine,” brings his tally to five Gold-certified singles. The poignant “Her World or Mine” from his sophomore album Amos also produced a video that has captured more than 23 million YouTube views since its debut less than a year ago.

Now, two hit albums into that all-too-rare blend of critically acclaimed and commercially successful career, Ray has released lead single “Whiskey and Rain” and the autobiographical “Picture,” both of which are songs from his upcoming project produced by GRAMMY-nominated song whisperer Ross Copperman. Proof that heartbroken wallowing can feel good if it swings, “Whiskey And Rain” has garnered over 20 million streams since its release and continues to climb the charts at Country radio, cementing Ray as the ideal bridge between vintage country cool and modern country’s best sounds.

Learn more about Ray at MichaelRayMusic.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @MichaelRayMusic and Facebook.com/MusicMichaelRay.