Michael Ray says the heartbreak expressed in “Her World or Mine,” poignantly brought to life in his latest video, “is the reason I got into country music.” The video premieres today exclusively with “Good Morning America” and ABC.com. Ray’s third single is the emotional centerpiece of his 11-song sophomore album Amos and starkly contrasts the carefree theme and upbeat sound of his last single and third No. 1 hit, “One That Got Away.”
“I wanted to tell the story of my parents’ divorce and that part of my life – the confusion and the fact that it wasn’t easy for a while. And losing my grandparents was a massive hit, not only to me, but my whole family,” explains Ray.
The new video features film and television star Chad Michael Murray in the role of Michael’s father. The two met at the CMT Awards four years ago and have been friends ever since.
“This song touched me. It’s my favorite, personally,” Murray said. “Watching the song play and seeing everybody react and seeing them go through their own honest memories is trippy. It’s really fun to watch.”
The video for “Her World Or Mine” is based on Ray’s experience as a child of divorce, with his entire family and himself as a child portrayed, as they navigate hard life changes and separation until the death of Ray’s grandmother brings them together.
“It’s so relatable and it deals with so many issues that everybody’s going through,” continued Murray. “You’re going to see so many people come up to you and say, ‘That’s my song.’ And it will be for different reasons because they went through different trials and tribulations to get them there. That’s what’s cool about it.”
Ray was raised in rural central Florida and was very close with his grandfather, who taught him how to play guitar.
“When my parents were going through their divorce is when my grandfather started teaching me guitar chords – it was my outlet. It was my way to get away from all the hell and chaos that was going on,” shares Ray.
However, this year has brought the singer new-found happiness with his love Carly Pearce. Earlier this month, Ray married the country star in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The pair’s nuptials were featured in PEOPLE Magazine with all the details of their big day.
Ray is currently on the road with his popular Nineteen Tour in the U.S. and England. He will join the Carolina Country Music Cruise 2019 to the Bahamas and is also set to appear with Old Dominion on their Make It Sweet Tour in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 8; Syracuse, N.Y. on Nov. 9 and Grand Prairie, Texas on Nov. 16.
CMT On Tour Presents: Michael Ray’s Nineteen Tour dates:
Thu 10/17/2019 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Fri 10/18/2019 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Thu 10/31/2019 St. Paul, MN Myth Live
Fri 11/1/2019 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Sat 11/2/2019 Fort Wayne, IN The Clyde Theatre
Sat 11/23/2019 Macon, GA The Crazy Bull
Wed 12/4/2019 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
Thu 12/5/2019 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Fri 12/6/2019 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat 12/7/2019 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert
Michael Ray’s Nineteen Tour dates:
Sun 10/20/2019 Niceville, FL Boggy Fest 2019
Tues 10/22/2019 London, UK Bush Hall
Wed 10/23/2019 Birmingham, UK 02 Institute3
Thu 10/24/2019 Liverpool, UK The Loft, Arts Club
Fri 10/25/2019 Manchester, UK Night & Day Café
Sun 10/27/2019 Glasgow, UK Stereo
Thu 11/7/2019 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre, Old National Centre
Tue 11/19/2019 Nassau, Bahamas Carolina Country Music Cruise 201
Wed 11/20/2019 Nassau, Bahamas Carolina Country Music Cruise 201
Sat 11/30/2019 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Wed 12/11/2019 Milwaukee, WI The Rave/Eagles Club