Listen: Police officer-turned-country music singer adds Latin twist to genre
Frank Ray always dreamed of becoming a country singer, but he never thought he would be performing at the Grand Ole Opry in his wildest dreams
By Sarah Calams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Frank Ray loved being a police officer with the Las Cruces (N.M.) Police Department, but he always dreamed of becoming a country singer. That dream became a reality for Ray at 33 years old when he took off the uniform after a decade in policing and grabbed a microphone to add a Latin twist to today’s country music genre.
“I fell in love with country music early on. I started emulating some of my idols … and just singing and performing every chance I got,” Ray said. “There hasn’t been a prominent Hispanic artist, whether female or male, in country music in a very long time.”
Ray signed onto BBR Music Group/Stone Creek Records and released “Streetlights.”
“As I’ve grown up, I have realized that I can really make an impact on the culture and make an impact in this industry,” he told People. “Maybe set a good example for my kids and for other kids that had the same dreams that I did when I was a kid growing up.”
Last year, Ray was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry – calling that moment the “pinnacle of any country music artist’s career” just two years after embarking on his musical journey.