First Listen: Ray Curenton wants to "Make It" again

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    For the past decade, Ray Curenton has addressed whatever concerns are on his mind.  This Columbus, Ohio born, Nashville resident has often spoken up for encouraging those who may be struggling with life’s day to day relationships.

    On his 2014 release Backslider - the follow-up to his debut in 2012 Cardiac Arrest, Curenton spoke to taking leaps of faith on the acapella track “Honesty” and “Holding On,” and advised listeners to break paralyzing emotional fears. Furthermore, Curenton was willing to risk his preaching platform outside the traditional church walls in defending those who are marginalized and discriminated.   In the long run, Curenton’s artistic concept strives to be another motivational influence in the vein of Sweet Honey in The Rock and Nina Simone. 

    For the past decade, Ray Curenton has addressed whatever concerns are on his mind.  This Columbus, Ohio born, Nashville resident has often spoken up for encouraging those who may be struggling with life’s day to day relationships.

    On his 2014 release Backslider - the follow-up to his debut in 2012 Cardiac Arrest, Curenton spoke to taking leaps of faith on the acapella track “Honesty” and “Holding On,” and advised listeners to break paralyzing emotional fears. Furthermore, Curenton was willing to risk his preaching platform outside the traditional church walls in defending those who are marginalized and discriminated.   In the long run, Curenton’s artistic concept strives to be another motivational influence in the vein of Sweet Honey in The Rock and Nina Simone. 

    While the singer/songwriter/producer is preparing his upcoming third project, The Last Shall Be the First, First Listen introduces Curenton with the spiritually charged, “Make It with Me.”  Clothed in a quiet yet spirited soundtrack of an appealing choir and subtle instrumentation, the song’s message of releasing one’s faith and courage takes center stage.  And Curenton’s soothing tenor eases one’s mind about pushing harder towards the finish line: “And though a dream’s not yet reality/Imagine anything, make it with me/It could be great if you make it with me/Don’t be afraid of change, make it with me.”  A decade turned out to be a mighty long time for Curenton in reaching a First Listen spotlight. Now listen up to “Make It with Me”!

    By Peggy Oliver

    Ray Curenton - "Make It With Me"

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