RayLigonMADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/19/13) – One of Madisonville’s talented residents is auditioning in a national talent show.

Ray Ligon will be auditioning for Season 4 of The Voice, premiering Monday, March 25 at 8/7 p.m. CST. Ligon will be singing acapela in the first portion of auditions. “This is the ground level first part of the auditions,” said Ligon. He explained that there is no original music allowed in the auditions; only popular and current song choice can be performed. Ligon’s first song preparation is “Cowboys and Angels” a Country Music song performed by singer Dustin Lynch on popular country music radio stations. His second song choice is “True Believers” by Darius Rucker.

Ligon has spent most of his life singing and writing songs. He doesn’t consider himself exclusive to any particular genre but says most of what he writes and sings is considered of the inspirational variety. He has been pursuing a technical career in music for most of the time that he’s been singing and writing and has made a name for himself in Kentucky Country music. He hopes that The Voice may take him to greater musical fame, but said he appreciates the opportunity for experience whether it takes him that far or not.

Ligon headed down to Nashville at around 8 AM this past Friday morning, Jan. 18, and  he first plans to play and practice on the guitar with friend, Turner Mires, who does all of his guitar work. In the afternoon he will be rehearsing with another friend, Wynston Presley, who is also going to Atlanta for The Voice auditions. Presley is familiar with these type auditions and Ligon said she’ll be walking him through the process and how it all works.  

Ligon and Presley will be auditioning individually on Sunday morning, Jan. 20. He said if a person makes it past the first audition, then they are required to have two more songs prepared to sing, but may then use an instrument or backing track to support their voice. These first auditions are not to be aired, but if he continues moving on through the competition, he will be featured on the show in March.

Ligon said he isn’t used to doing much acapella singing but stated, “I’ve been bustin’ my buns getting ready for this and I’m confident I’ll do well. This will be quite a journey for me.”

Ligon’s compilation CD, including music by and with his cousin and fellow Country Music artist, John Berry, was recently released  in the first week of December 2012.  Ligon’s original song, “ Into Her Love” is already getting national airplay. You can catch it on the following stations: WVFA//90.5 FM//Lebanon, NH — WSGM//104.7 FM//Tracy City, TN – KUMC//93.3 FM//Rupert, ID – KLMX//1450 AM//Clayton, NM – WTGF//90.5 FM//Pace, FL – WWYO//970 AM//Pineville, WV – KNLF//95.9 FM//Quincy, CA – WCTP//88.5 FM//Gagetown, MI.

Ligon requested prayers from the community and said, “I really want this, and I’ve worked really hard for it.” SurfKY News wishes Ligon the best on this journey and will be keeping the community posted on the endeavor.

For more information on The Voice, visit http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/.  Visit Ray Ligon’s website at www.rayligon.com or find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rayligon.

Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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