Carlton Ray Scott, Jr. (born in Semora, North Carolina) is an American country music artist. He started his first band at age 19, and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Music Business Institute. After receiving an associate’s degree, he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he started another band before moving again, this time to Nashville, Tennessee. While there, Ray began writing songs, and landed two chart hits as a songwriter: "A Few Questions" by Clay Walker and "Pray for the Fish" by Randy Travis.
He eventually signed to Warner Bros. Records as a singer in 2005, releasing the album My Kind of Music. The album produced three singles in "My Kind of Music" (which peaked at number 39 on the Hot Country Songs charts), "Gone Either Way," and "I Didn’t Come Here to Talk." After the release of"I Didn’t Come Here to Talk", Scott left Warner Bros. Records. Ray Scott became an independent artist and producer, releasing his second album, Crazy Like Me, in 2008 on self-owned Jethropolitan Records.
Scott experienced more success with his self-released Sirius XM hit single "Those Jeans" in 2012. That album ’Rayility’ also received positive critical attention and was a collaboration between Ray Scott and Dave Brainard.
In 2014, Ray Scott took on new management and partnered with Nashville record producer Dave Brainard to start record label deciBel Nashville LLC. The first full-length record from Ray Scott on deciBel Nashville is the self-titled release Ray Scott, which features the single "Drinkin’ Beer".
With his latest single; “Ain’t Always Thirsty” (from RAY SCOTT/co-written with Mark Stephen Jones), released to country radio nationwide in March, Ray Scott has been met with applause from country music enthusiasts. The track debuted on SiriusXM’s The Highway and the corresponding music video premiered on RollingStone.com. Ray showcased the tune live on Mornings With Storme Warren/SiriusXM, The Highway (April 9, 2015) and performed the song on The Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday, May 2, 2015 (appearing on the Opry for his 44th time).