Wray died on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, a representative for Collin Raye confirms to Country Now. According to previous reports, Wray was battling heart issues over the last few years.
And Scotty Wray happy bday!!! 18 years playing music together! I love you dearly. 💙 pic.twitter.com/JbnBFgVj7Y
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) November 25, 2019
The late musician toured with Lambert for several years, but was sidelined by health issues and was ultimately forced to retire from the road to focus on his health issues.
Collin Raye spoke about his brother and his relationship with Lambert during an interview on The Bobby Bones Show in the summer of 2020.
“He’s played with Miranda Lambert since she began. He introduced me to Miranda when she was 17 years old. So, I’ve known her a long time,” Raye explained to Bones. “He was sort of her only band when she was playing around Dallas and Austin and stuff. And playing acoustic things and stuff.”
Raye explained that he and his brother “always believed” in Lambert and admitted they “had no idea” just how far her career would go.
“He’s played with her up until… Recently he’s had some health issues with his heart and whatnot. He had a really bad year last year (2019). He’s probably done touring at this point,” Raye continued.
In addition to his role in Lambert’s touring band, Wray was also a songwriter and co-wrote several songs on Collin Raye’s 2020 album, including “Scars,” a heart-wrenching song that was recorded as a duet by Raye and Lambert.
Years before releasing “Scars” as a duet, Lambert performed the song during a songwriter’s round-style performance at Nashville’s City Winery in January of 2016, according to Taste of Country.
“This song is — Oh, God, I hope I’m not gonna cry when I sing it,” Lambert said from the stage as she admitted ”we have been through everything together, good and bad. We both went through a really s—ty 2015 and we have the tattoos to prove it.”
2015 was the year Lambert endured a very public divorce from fellow country singer Blake Shelton.
“Anyway, we used to just be the band, me and him, for a long, long time,” Lambert went on to say, referencing Wray, who was seated next to her. “And he wrote this song, like, 16 years ago, a year before I met him. And I have been in love with it for that long … Every time he sings it, I would cry, for the last 15 years.”
Every track on Raye’s Scars album was written or co-written by Raye or his brother and Raye says that’s what made the album more meaningful to him.
“Being that we started our musical journey together as teenagers, then in our 20s we began to go separate paths, this album is truly a ‘full circle’ moment in my life,” Raye said. “The timing for this is just right.”