Ray Johnston and his songs both come off with just the right amount down home charm that you'd expect from a Montgomery, Alabama native turned Texan. But politeness has its limits and Ray doesn't shy away from doing what has to be done.  He walked on to the University of Alabama basketball team without a scholarship and followed that up by willing his way into the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks as an un-drafted free agent. When Leukemia tried to take him more than five times, Ray's faith and perseverance beat it back with a vengeance.  Since then Ray has taken on his next life challenge: conquering the roller coaster life of making it in country music.

"I've always been a big fan of 'authentic,'" says Ray. "I want to make sure whatever music I'm writing is me.”  This couldn’t be more true than with Ray’s second single "Bye Bye City Lights", currently racing up the Texas Country charts.  The song perfectly captures the peace Ray feels when he’s on the road touring with his band or just dropping in on a small town radio station for a visit.

The Ray Johnston Band’s latest release, Against The Grain featuring “Bye Bye City Lights” Is available on iTunes.