Ray Dalton

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Ray Dalton
Born(1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 22)
Washington
GenresGospel, hip hop, R&B, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, backing vocals
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011-present
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis
Websitewww.raydalton.com
 
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Ray Dalton
Born(1991-03-15) March 15, 1991 (age 22)
Washington
GenresGospel, hip hop, R&B, pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, backing vocals
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011-present
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis
Websitewww.raydalton.com

Ray Dalton (born May 10, 1991) is an American singer and songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. He began his career as a gospel and R&B singer.[1] Dalton gained prominence as the featured singer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2011 song "Can't Hold Us", which gained popularity when it was released as a single in 2011.[1] The song was certified platinum in the U.S. in April 2013.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Dalton's mother is Mexican American and his father is African American.[2] He began singing at the age of 6 on the advice of his music teacher, joining the Seattle Children's Choir. He continued to sing through high school. He has described himself as a fan of Fleetwood Mac.[2] Dalton spent his senior year in high school listening to Missy Elliott, Amy Winehouse, and Kanye West, according to an interview with MTV News.[2]

Aside from music, Dalton is a tennis player who has worked as a tennis instructor.[1] He gave up teaching tennis following the success of "Can't Hold Us" to pursue a full-time career as a musician.[1] Dalton sings in the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seattle, as of 2013.[1]

Dalton's work drew the attention of producer Ryan Lewis, who had heard Dalton's singing on a song for another artist.[1] Lewis reached out to Dalton via Facebook.[1] Dalton soon began collaborating with Lewis and Macklemore in the studio.[1] The first song the trio worked on together was Macklemore's and Lewis' 2011 single, Wings.[1]

In June 2012, Dalton released his first single, So Emotional,[3] which was mixed by Ryan Lewis. He also announced he was working on his 'own project' to be called The Dalton Show.[4]

Dalton, Lewis and Macklemore created the hook for "Can't Hold Us" in one day.[1] Dalton shot his scenes for the single's music video while on tour in New Zealand in March 2013.[1][2]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

YearTitleAlbum
2012"So Emotional"N/A

As featured artist[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[5]
AUS
[6]
BEL (Vl)
[7]
BEL (Wa)
[8]
DEN
[9]
FRA
[10]
NZ
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[14]
2010"Kingdom Come"
(Dyno Jamz featuring Ray Dalton)
N/A
2012"Need Your Love"
(Sol featuring Ray Dalton)
N/A
2013"Can't Hold Us"
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton)
1122434143The Heist
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Unterberger, Andrew (2013-03-22). "Talking Tennis, Rachael Ray and "Can’t Hold Us" with Macklemore Hook Man Ray Dalton". Popdust. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Thomas, Rebecca (2013-04-30). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us': Decoding The Hook! Ray Dalton, the 22-year-old crooner behind the catchy chorus, talks to MTV News about the Seattle duo, that epic video and a few baffling lyrics.". MTV News. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ So Emotional - Ray Dalton (Bandcamp)
  4. ^ RayDalton.com - Biography
  5. ^ Peak positions for singles in the US:
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:

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