Michael Ray Wins CW's 'The Next'
October 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM (PT)
The CW Network’s reality singing competition, “THE NEXT,” debuted on THURSDAY, AUGUST 16th (NET NEWS 8/17) with contestants who were hopeful of winning a recording contract with ATLANTIC RECORDS.
JOHN RICH, one -alf of WARNER BROS. NASHVILLE duo BIG & RICH, had mentored MICHAEL RAY, an ORLANDO, FL contestant, in the series debut. On THURSDAY (10/4), “THE NEXT” season finale aired and Country singer MICHAEL RAY beat out all the other season’s weekly finalists, to win the coveted recording contract.
RAY is now being represented by NASHVILLE’s ONTOURAGE MANAGEMENT/ CONWAY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, and is expected to release an album this year.