Ray Stephenson

Grammy Award

  • HEROES and RAIN IN DURANGO (Guy Clark’s "My Favorite Pictures of You," Best Folk Album 2014)
  • Stephenson has been part of four Grammy nominated projects Blake Shelton’s, "Red River Blue," for Best Country Album, and "This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark," was nominated in 2013 for Best Folk Album.
  • “Homeless“ recorded by Shawn Camp, “Magdalene” recorded by Kevin Welch, and ”Hemingway’s Whiskey” by Kris Kristofferson are all Stephenson co-writes with Guy Clark that were recorded for this project. This album also took home the Americana Album of the Year in 2012
  • Stephenson’s FUNNY BONE and MAGDALENE were co-written and recorded by Clark on “Workbench Songs” which was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album at the Grammys in 2006

Title Track Cuts

  • HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY (Kenny Chesney) nominated for CMA Album of the Year 2012
  • RED RIVER BLUE (Blake Shelton) nominated for 2012 Grammy in Best Country Album
  • PICTURES OF ME (Sonya Isaacs)

Major Cuts

  • RED RIVER BLUE (Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert)
  • WILLIE'S GUITAR (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & John Anderson) nominated for CMA Vocal Event of the Year in 2012
  • HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY (Kris Kristofferson)
  • HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY (Kenny Chesney)
  • MAGDALENE (Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Kevin Welch)
  • HEROES (Guy Clark)
  • RAIN IN DURANGO (Guy Clark)
  • LEANING ON A LONESOME SONG (Gord Bamford) won CCMA Songwriter of the year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year 2013
  • DON'T LET HER BE GONE (Gord Bamford) #1 Canadian Country Chart in 2015
  • HONKY-TONK ROAD (Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros)
  • HONKY TONK ROAD (Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Cody Canada and Sean McConnell)
  • YOU (Heartland)
  • SHE'S SO (Steve Holy)
  • HIGHWAY (The Wilkinsons)
  • LEAVING SONG (The Wilkinsons)
  • PICTURES OF ME (Sonya Issacs)
  • FUNNYBONE (Guy Clark)
  • HOMELESS (Guy Clark, Shawn Camp)

Besides being a gifted songwriter, Stephenson is a renowned painter of legendary and iconic musicians, bands, songwriters and artists. He has been hailed the “Andy Warhol of the South” because of his many talents as music producer, hit songwriter, singer, guitar player and visual artist. Stephenson is the impetus behind Backstage Nashville, which will highlight his paintings to help create this unique musical experience.