Michael Ray earned his fourth No.1 at country radio this week as his latest single, “Whiskey and Rain,” reached the top spot at country radio.
Co-written by Josh Thompson and Jesse Frasure, “Whiskey and Rain” was released in 2020 and serves as the lead single from the Florida native’s seven-song collection, Higher Education.
Ray became emotional when he heard the news and took to Instagram to share his gratitude.
“WHISKEY AND RAIN IS THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!,” he wrote alongside a black-and-white video that showed tears running down his face.
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Ray went on to recall the day he recorded the song and shared how country hitmaker Gary Allan inspired him and his music.
“Y’all I gotta be real. It’s been an emotional one today,” he acknowledged. “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!!! 🥃🌧”
Ray also shared a statement admitting that the support for the song has been “overwhelming” and “exciting.”
“I can’t think of a better way to gear up for 2022 than this: celebrating with a song that’s so special to me,” he shared.
“Whiskey and Rain” has raked in over 100 million global streams. The music video has more than 3.7 million views.
Ray recently released an acoustic version of the song to celebrate the success of the track. Fans can stream the new version HERE.