Ray Boltz began his career in contemporary Christian music more than thirty years ago. Although he was a gifted songwriter and performer, he was rejected by every major record company. His simple, powerful and emotional songs were deemed "not hip" by the CCM gatekeepers. Then in 1986 he found a home with a small, independent label called "Heartland Records". They released his first project "Watch The Lamb" early that year and six months later they went out of business. Fortunately for Ray, Christian radio stations began to embrace his music. The title song "Watch The Lamb" climbed to number one at several statons across the US and Ray ended up selling more than 40,000 units through independent distribution companies like "Spring Arbor" in Michigan.
The success of "Watch The Lamb" allowed Ray to continue recording and his second project was released by "Diadem" records in Nashville, Tn. The first single from that project was the title song "Thank You". The song went on to become named Song Of The Year and received a "Dove Award" from the Gospel Music Association in 1990. In 1992 Ray signed with Word Records and released the album "Season Change". His follow up to that record was called "Allegiance" and it contained two of Ray's most popular songs, "I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb" and "The Anchor Holds". "I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb" also won a "Dove Award" and was named "Inspirational Song Of The Year". Since that first album was released in 1986, Ray has sold more than 4.5 million records and had over a dozen number one radio singles. He has performed in every state in the US and in numerous countries around the world.
In 2008, after a great deal of prayer and with the support of his family, Ray came out as a gay man in an interview with "The Washington Blade". This revelation shocked the Christian community and he received thousands of emails and messages from people who were hurt and angered by his announcement. Most of these messages listed biblical passages and assured him that he was "bound for hell". Ray responded by writing songs like "I Will Choose To Love", "God Knows I Tried" and "Who Would Jesus Love". Although he has retired from the CCM industry, Ray continues to write, record and perform. He is also actively involved with a local affirming church in Florida.