Ray Boltz is a Dove-Award winning singer songwriter that first came to wide notice in contemporary Christian music, many of his songs telling stories of faith and inspiration. He was raised by his parents William and Ruth Boltz, and was married to his wife Carol Boltz for over 30 years prior to coming out as gay in 2008. They have four children.
One of the most successful Contemporary Christian vocalists of the '90s, selling over a million copies of his first five records, Boltz was virtually unknown when he wrote "Thank You", which won the Song of the Year prize at the 1990 GMA Dove Awards.
He released his first album, Seasons Change, in 1992. The album was an immediate success in CCM circles, and over the next five years he built his fanbase gradually through appearances on Christian radio and a series of well-received albums.
Boltz has been involved with Mission of Mercy, a Christian relief and development agency. During one year, Boltz traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to visit The New Life Home for Abandoned Babies, one of the many Mission of Mercy projects. The New Life Home provides proper nourishment and medical attention for babies that are born to mothers who are HIV positive. Through prayer and proper care, these babies have a very high probability of reversing the HIV factor. The song, "Loving Each Other" was inspired by Boltz' trip to The New Life Home. The song challenges listeners to look past differences and to simply love each other.
Boltz had dedicated over fifteen years to music and ministry. Through these years he had captured the attention of the CCM industry by garnering three Dove Awards, two gold albums, a gold video, and twelve number one singles. He had also sold more than four million units of product. Through all this time and these accomplishments Ray's vision for his ministry still remained the same, to produce and perform music that allows listeners and audiences to see Jesus.
Boltz was privileged to have some special guests on this album. Boltz adds, "I was honored to have Todd Smith and Nicol Smith, members of Selah, and Mitch McVicker, who is also a Spindust Records artist, join me. They creatively added astounding background vocals to this project."
It was four years since Boltz released a project of new, original music. Songs From The Potter's Field is a breathtaking collection of musical styles and inspirational lyrics that listeners are guaranteed to enjoy for years to come.
After the release of Songs from the Potter's Field in 2002, The Unchanging Story in 2004, and his last tour in 2004, Boltz retired from the music industry and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In a September 2008 interview with the Washington Blade, Boltz came out of the closet and announced he was gay.
Since then, Boltz has performed at several churches of the Metropolitan Community Church, a gay-affirming Christian denomination.
artist review| Posted November 19, 2014
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