How Frank Ray “caught lightening in a bottle” with his music career
Frank Ray might still be on the police force if his family and friends hadn’t encouraged him to commit to music full time. Frank was a police officer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, when he started building a following playing local bars and honky-tonks. The singer was on the force for a decade before his music career started picking up steam, performing live Saturday nights and having to be up early the next morning for police duties. “It didn’t work out. I was calling in a lot. It got real tumultuous because I couldn’t balance the two. I probably would have leaned towards law enforcement had my wife and my family and my team [not] said, ‘No, brother, you’re supposed to be on stage. That’s what … you’re built to do,’” he recalls. “I like the safety net of being able to have a steady gig, benefits and a paycheck. But we took a leap of faith and luckily it’s worked out.” A defining moment was when Frank’s former band won a contest and opened for Keith Urban when he performed at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces in 2016, which proved to be an eye-opening experience for the future country star.
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