The American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne was born in New Jersey on June 18, 1973. LaMontagne has released four albums: 2004’s Trouble, 2006’s Till the Sun Turns Black, 2008’s Gossip in the Grain, and 2010’s God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise. Trouble in the UK made it into the top five with the title track making it into the top 25. In the U.S., Till the Sun Turns Black made it into the top 40. Ray LaMontagne is known for having a raspy voice and being soft spoken. He has won numerous awards and performed at multiple charity events.
Trouble was released in September 2004 and sold more than 250,000 US copies and 500,000 worldwide copies. Till the Sun Turns Black, LaMontagne’s second album, was released in August 2006. More instrumentation was feature than on Trouble, and included the use of a string and horn section on several songs. The set peaked on Billboard’s 200 chart at No. 28 and sold 28,000 copies during its first week out. Gossip in the Grain, Ray LaMontagne’s third album, was released in October 2008, debuting in the No. 3 spot on Billboard’s Charts and selling more than 60,000 units. God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, LaMontagne’s fourth album, was released in August 2010. He received three Grammy nominations, including Best Engineered Album, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Song of the Year.