Michael Ray broke down in tears as his latest single “Whiskey And Rain” officially hit No. 1 on Country Radio.
On Sunday (Jan. 9), the country singer and Florida native took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message with fans and thank everyone who helped his single climb to the No. 1 spot.
“WHISKEY AND RAIN IS THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN COUNTRY MUSIC!!!! Y’all I gotta be real. It’s been an emotional one today,” Ray captioned the clip. “Back when we were recording this song I would think about all the things I always loved about @garyallanmusic and the way his music spoke to me and my life growing up in Eustis. I hope this song has been there for you on lonely nights when you’ve needed it, just like Gary always has been for me. One of my favorites of his goes, “life ain’t always beautiful… but it’s a beautiful ride.” Thank y’all for this beautiful ride!!! Thank y’all for loving this song!!! We ain’t slowing down!!! 🥃🌧 #whiskeyandrain“
In the clip, Ray shared how the song going No. 1 is very special before thanking all who supported the song.
“We did it man. Woke up this morning, and ‘Whiskey and Rain’ is officially No. 1 at country radio right now,” Ray said as tears streamed down his cheek. “This one was really … I just wanted to get out here and thank y’all. My team, radio. This one’s special. I love you guys. I’m gonna collect myself, and we’ll do something. We’ll do a live, we’ll do a video, something. I just wanted to get out here and say thank y’all so much, man. What a way to start the year. I love you guys. Thank you.”
Co-written by Josh Thompson and Jesse Frasure, “Whiskey and Rain” is the first single from Ray’s third studio album, Higher Education, which was produced by Ross Copperman. The track marks Ray’s fourth No. 1 hit.
Ray has garnered over 1 billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents and over 100 million YouTube views. Along with his four No. 1 singles, Ray has a total of five RIAA certifications: Platinum-certified “Think A Little Less,” and Gold-certified songs “Her World or Mine,” “One That Got Away,” “Get To You” and “Kiss You in the Morning.”