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Ray LaMontagne

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Nashua NH, United States (1999 – present)

Ray LaMontagne (born Raymond Charles Jack LaMontagne on June 18, 1973, in Nashua, New Hampshire) is an American currently living in western Massachusetts. In 2010 he began recording as Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs. For his debut album, LaMontagne won four awards, including three Boston Music Awards (Best Male Singer/Songwriter, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year) and an XM Nation Music Award for Acoustic Rock Artist of the Year. LaMontagne has received a nomination from the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards for Best New Touring Artist, the BRIT Awards for International Breakthrough Act, the MOJO Awards for Best New Act, and was given the title of Best Voice in 2006 by Esquire. In December 2010, LaMontagne received two Grammy nominations and won the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

It’s said that after hearing a Stephen Stills song, Treetop Flyer, LaMontagne decided to quit his job and pursue a career in music. He has since released a number of albums including Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, and Gossip In The Grain. A soft-spoken person who is known for his raspy voice, since 1999 LaMontagne has won a number of awards for his music and has performed at several charity events.

On October 14, 2008, LaMontagne released his third studio album, Gossip In The Grain. Working again with producer Ethan Johns, the album also features LaMontagne’s touring band: Jennifer Condos on bass, Eric Heywood on guitar, and Ethan Johns on drums. Singer/songwriter Leona Naess makes a guest appearance on two songs.

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