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Ray LaMontagne

With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The songwriter was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973; his parents split up shortly after his birth, and his mother began a pattern of moving her six children to any locale that could offer her employment and housing. As a result, LaMontagne grew up as the perennial new kid in school (when and if he went to school at all). He did graduate high school, however, and found himself working in a shoe factory in Maine when he heard Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" on the radio. The song amounted to an epiphany for LaMontagne, who made up his mind on the spot to become a singer and musician.

By the summer of 1999, LaMontagne had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon found its way into the hands of Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis Music Publishing. The publishing house signed the young songwriter and teamed him with producer Ethan Johns, resulting in LaMontagne's debut album, Trouble. The record was picked up by RCA and released in the fall of 2004, impressing critics with such songs as the title tune, "Trouble," and the cinematic style of pieces like "Narrow Escape." A follow-up album for the RCA label, Till the Sun Turns Black, appeared in 2006 and widened LaMontagne's palette by incorporating horns and strings. He also placed songs in multiple American television shows, including ER, Bones, and One Tree Hill. Gossip in the Grain followed in 2008, also with Johns in the production chair; his biggest commercial success to that point, it debuted at number three on the American charts and again featured several songs later heard on television shows.

In 2012, LaMontagne returned with his fourth studio album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise. His first album without producer Ethan Johns, the session was produced by LaMontagne at his home studio and was the first with a billing for his backing band the Pariah Dogs, including bassist Jennifer Condos, guitarist Eric Heywood, and drummer Jay Bellerose. It peaked at number three on the American album charts, and earned LaMontagne his first Grammy win, for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Early in 2014, RCA announced that LaMontagne's fifth album would be released. Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Supernova was issued at the end of April. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Comments

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wilkinsl22
stirs the soul...
roverfish
1) Comments here are for artists, not a specific song. Note the heading on the page. So saying 'I love this song' or 'This is a cover' is meaninglessl y out of context.
2) I really dig Ray's voice, and the critique of a huskier, sandpapery version of Van and Tim Buckley is spot on.
3) The song 'Hannah' borrows its riff rather blatantly from The Band's 'The Weight' wouldn't you say? Still a decent tune.
Like this artist? LOVE this artist. He sets my soul on fire.
Love you
Love
Love sick
my absolute favorite station on pandora. i could listen 24/7. he was sold out here in portland this week. i wanted to go....
Beautiful
Like him so much I just bought the album set from ITunes, have never heard of him except here on Pandora, so thanks
I like his voice xP
mizznunez87
Amazing.....
Ray
Can't stop myself from buying every Ray LaMontagne song that comes on my Pandora. His voice just takes you to a wonderful, peaceful place.
Ray's voice is so ethereal and passionate.. . n o t h i n g or no one compares!
carlamaul
My cousin sang this at my brother's funeral. It was the PERFECT song. My brother moved to heaven after silently suffering from PTSD 6 months after returning from overseas. Semper Fi
thexlostxpap e r c l i p
Love the video for Supernova! http://smart u r l . i t / R a y L S u p e r n o v a
shekawri74
Sick vocals
Great
As musician, we dream of vocal like this.....but only one always gifted to possess it...always happy to hear him sings
mpadilla962
I Love Ray LaMontagne.. such a soulful voice. It's like a lullaby! It is truly refreshing to hear.
RL has Made his Mark on musical invincibilit y . . . He will be listened to contemplativ e individuals whom simply want to escape the tribulations of earth bound residents not possessing the ability to listen to him .. While sitting on a cloud.
this is an wonder album
Ray is one of my all time music artists that is with me for life….He has the category with Carol King, James Taylor, Jim Croce, America, and Jack Johnson! Welcome to my Circle!
peaceloveliv e 2 4
I'm constantly moved by his voice. Love love love him.
janesplumbin g l l c
Jolene la, la, la, la,
Listening to Jolene....th a t moment when he says Spokane...an d you nod your head like...yup, I live near. That moment you feel even more connected to an extraordinar y artist such as Ray. :)
joematrix_20 0 0
Like the guy's music, but please a comparison to Van Morrison is totally inappropriat e .
No one is better, more soothing and soulful as Ray! He sings to me during my commutes and sings me to sleep. He's brilliant! He brings calmness in this crazy world.
Please play more Ray LaMontagne on this station!!
I think I've got beard envy.... seriously good sound though....
john64273
Wow, really moved by this artisit
It's hilarious how the credits for lyrics go to Usher and Jermaine Dupri. Yes, Usher has a song called Burn. But it's nothing like this. I see this type of error quite often on Pandora.
Great soulful song- he gets better & better. When the Sun Turns Black is a very solid album.
This man has fantastic writing and singing talents. It's refreshing to see young people liking this type of music as opposed to hip-hop/rap. This from a 67 year old.
phil99437
Great voice and really enjoyed this music. Never heard of him before.
Mr LaMontagne has such a beautiful soulful voice (he also has an epic beard!)
connrebecca
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of ur life on the nearest Friday. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now uv started reading so u can't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and it lovers name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary cause it actually works
kvons1
Outstanding artist! Too bad most of the better artists these days only get exposure and play on Pandora and the internet likes, but never on commercial FM broadcast. Was a time when FM broadcast was a great media for exposure of upcoming artists--sad l y not anymore. WASTELAND!
Loved it. I have discovered so many great artist/singe r s & different genres of music since listening to Pandora. Ray LaMontagne thank you, beautiful voiced man.
shelly_205
His voice is amazing! <3
I remembered my friend playing Ray LaMontagne (moved my Soul)years ago as we Acro Yoga danced in the street by the Belly Up- Tavern in Solana Beach, Ca. I've been an Indie Musician most my Life with incredible inspirations by so many Artists. Recently on my drive up to Oregon-from Still Waters in La Jolla to a Tsunami -Life hit me harder than I could have imagined all at Once. I put Ray's calming song's on and I've been playing almost non-stop for the past 3 weeks. The most beautiful Sweet Sound
Too hairy
egarcia11362
I'm in love!
No one is better than Ray Lamontagne.
He is my favorite artist of all time, ever. His voice is so gritty and emotionally charged and I cry all the time to his songs even though I have listened to them all a million times. His lyrics are so poetic and beautiful. I love Ray so much.
rearbrake
One of my favorite artists. His music is soul reaching and moving.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
His voice reminds me a great deal of Jimmie Dewar, from the '70's bands Stone the Crows and the Robin Trower Band. The song
Trouble sounds like he's channeling Dewar.
Amazing artist. I'm very happy to find a torch-bearer for Steven Stills and Van Morrison.
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