It’s easy to assume that an artist wrote the song they’re singing, but more often than not, there are other songwriters behind the tune. Ray Fulcher has found himself in this boat because not only is he a talented singer, but he’s equally as talented when it comes to songwriting.
When prompted to share a few of these well-known titles, Fulcher started off by playing riffs of two of Combs’ hits – “When It Rains It Pours” and “Lovin’ On You.” He then threw out a ballpark figure for the number of songs he has written overtime, including the four that have gone to No. 1 on the charts.
“1,000, no doubt,” he said confidently. “I wrote 20 last month.”
Executive Producer of the radio show Big D and Bubba, Patrick Thomas, revealed that out of those 1,000 songs, 20 were written for Combs’ albums, This One’s For You, What You See Is What You Get, and his latest collection, Growin’ Up.
Fulcher then corrected Thomas saying, “21, but who’s counting?” Earning a laugh from those in the studio.
The full list of songs includes:
- “Out There”
- “Memories Are Made Of”
- “Beer Can”
- “When It Rains It Pours”
- “This One’s For You”
- “Be Careful What You Wish For”
- “Honky Tonk Highway”
- “I Got Away With You”
- “Even Though I’m leaving”
- “Lovin’ On You”
- “Moon Over Mexico”
- “Blue Collar Boys”
- “New Every Day”
- “Does To Me (feat. Eric Church)”
- “All Over Again”
- “My Kinda Folk”
- “Better Back When”
- “Tomorrow Me”
- “Ain’t Far From It”
- “Going, Going, Gone”
In just a few short years, Fulcher has become a sought after songwriter and earned over 3 billion streams as a songwriter. When asked if there were any songs he regretted letting go, Fulcher said, “There probably is in the moment, but kind of the second that happens, it’s not an option anymore so I’m like, ‘it’s gone now.’”
Even through all the success as a songwriter, he still had his heart set on being an artist and recording his own songs. Earlier this year, he made the leap and released his long-awaited debut album, Spray Painted Line, which includes his popular single, “Anything Like You Dance.”
The 17-song track list was Fulcher’s introduction into the music industry as a solo artist. On the eve of his album release, he took to social media to share a few thoughts and give thanks to those who have made an impact on his journey thus far.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do since the night I saw Eric Church play for the first time when I was 19…was to sing and play country music,” Fulcher wrote. “I’ll never forget the moment this dream was placed in my heart. It was like everything I’d ever known was turned upside down right there inside of Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA….and I had finally found the true north on my compass.”
Fast-forward to the present day and Fulcher has come full circle because both Church and Combs are among the songwriters that penned songs on his first project.
Ray Fulcher’s next performance is set to take perform on the Next From Nashville stage at the Tidalwave Music Festival on Friday, August 12 in Atlantic City, NJ.
This fall, he will join Craig Morgan out on the road beginning October 19 in Green Bay, WI.