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Ray LaMontagne

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With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Grammy winner Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. Following his full-length debut, 2004's Trouble, he gradually broadened his musical palette, incorporating horns and strings on 2006's Til the Sun Turns Black and evoking the psychedelic pop and country-rock of the late 1960s and early '70s with his fifth album, the Dan Auerbach-produced Supernova. Issued in 2014, the latter became his third straight album to peak at number three on the Billboard 200. LaMontagne's eighth long-player, 2020's Monovision, was his first entirely self-recorded effort, including all instrument performances. Working collaboratively again, he channeled classic pop-soul on "Step Into Your Power" ahead of 2024's Long Way Home LP.

Raymond Charles Jack LaMontagne was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1973. His parents split up shortly after his birth, and his mother began a pattern of moving her six children to any locale that could offer her employment and housing. As a result, LaMontagne grew up as the perennial new kid in school (when he went to school at all). He did graduate high school, however, and found himself working in a shoe factory in Maine when he heard Stephen Stills' "Tree Top Flyer" on the radio. The song amounted to an epiphany for LaMontagne, who made up his mind on the spot to become a singer and musician.

By mid-1999, he had put together a ten-song demo tape that soon found its way into the hands of Jamie Ceretta at Chrysalis. The publishing house signed the young songwriter and teamed him with producer Ethan Johns, resulting in LaMontagne's debut album, Trouble. The record was picked up by RCA and released in September of 2004, impressing critics with such songs as "Trouble" and the cinematic style of pieces like "Narrow Escape." A follow-up album for the RCA label, the more fully arranged Til the Sun Turns Black, appeared in 2006. He also placed songs in multiple American television shows, including ER, Bones, and One Tree Hill. Gossip in the Grain followed in 2008, also with Johns in the producer's chair. LaMontagne's biggest commercial success to that point, it debuted at number three on the U.S. album chart and featured several songs later heard on TV shows.

In 2012, LaMontagne returned with his fourth studio album, God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise. His first one without producer Ethan Johns, the session was produced instead by LaMontagne at his home studio and billed his backing band, the Pariah Dogs (bassist Jennifer Condos, guitarist Eric Heywood, and drummer Jay Bellerose). It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and earned LaMontagne his first Grammy win, for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Produced and recorded by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Supernova was released in April 2014. It fared well critically and reached number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and, again, number three on the Billboard 200. The following May, one of LaMontagne's early songs, "Please," was given a major boost when it was covered by Sawyer Fredericks, the season eight winner of NBC's The Voice. Fredericks' version became a hit, charting well on major streaming platforms.

Teasing a change of direction in a note to a group of fans, LaMontagne worked with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James on his next outing, 2016's Ouroboros. Designed for full-album play, it was immersed in blues guitar and a rich psychedelic tapestry built with vintage instruments. Ouroboros peaked at number 13 on the U.S. album chart while reaching a career-high number two on the alternative chart. Merging those psychedelic tendencies with his Americana roots, the self-produced Part of the Light followed in 2018 and cracked the Top 40. He opted to go it alone on his eighth album, Monovision. Released in mid-2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was written, produced, engineered, and performed entirely by LaMontagne. It topped out at 163 on the Billboard 200.

In August 2023, he returned with the non-album single “Broken Sky" b/w "It Takes Me Back”; the latter song featured My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel on pedal steel guitar. The uplifting, classic Motown-influenced "Step Into Your Power" followed in June 2024, two months before the arrival of his ninth studio LP, Long Way Home. ~ Steve Leggett & Marcy Donelson, Rovi

Total plays

1.6 billion
Updated on 2024-07-21

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

3,926,145

Followers

1,028,934

Top Cities

  1. Australia
    61,023 listeners
  2. United States
    56,005 listeners
  3. United States
    54,675 listeners
  4. United States
    51,308 listeners
  5. United States
    48,873 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
You Are the Best Thing
You Are the Best Thing
208,889,496 3:52 2008-10-13
Jolene
Jolene
186,269,203 4:11 2004-08-15
Such A Simple Thing
Such A Simple Thing
143,841,960 4:56 2018-05-18
Hold You in My Arms
Hold You in My Arms
117,861,421 5:06 2004-08-15
Hold You In My Arms
Hold You In My Arms
117,861,421 5:06 2004-09-14
Let It Be Me
Let It Be Me
87,866,471 4:40 2008-10-13
Trouble
Trouble
85,243,642 4:02 2004-08-15
I Was Born To Love You
I Was Born To Love You
51,636,333 4:26 2022-08-04
I Was Born To Love You
I Was Born To Love You
34,373,604 4:12 2020-06-24
Such A Simple Thing - Recorded at Sound Stage Studios Nashville
Such A Simple Thing - Recorded at Sound Stage Studios Nashville
32,106,076 5:08 2018-06-13
Shelter
Shelter
30,109,668 4:37 2004-08-15
Supernova
Supernova
22,174,227 3:55 2014-04-25
Strong Enough
Strong Enough
19,643,837 3:35 2020-06-24
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs)
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs)
18,508,865 4:33 2010-08-13
Empty
Empty
18,343,382 5:17 2006-08-29
Three More Days
Three More Days
17,517,007 3:37 2006-08-29
Airwaves
Airwaves
15,257,886 4:42 2014-04-25
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs)
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs)
14,882,707 3:51 2010-08-13
All the Wild Horses
All the Wild Horses
14,489,832 3:16 2004-08-15
All The Wild Horses
All The Wild Horses
14,489,832 3:16 2004-09-14
Be Here Now
Be Here Now
13,536,528 6:23 2006-08-29
Burn
Burn
12,166,623 2:52 2004-08-15
We'll Make It Through
We'll Make It Through
11,675,581 6:01 2020-06-26
Part One - Hey, No Pressure
Part One - Hey, No Pressure
11,282,785 6:34 2016-03-04
Winter Birds
Winter Birds
10,819,271 6:19 2008-10-13
Forever My Friend
Forever My Friend
10,294,111 5:47 2004-08-15
Sarah
Sarah
8,072,040 4:28 2008-10-13
How Come
How Come
7,791,707 4:33 2004-08-15
Can I Stay
Can I Stay
7,713,708 3:40 2006-08-29
I Still Care for You
I Still Care for You
7,465,348 4:07 2008-10-13
Hannah
Hannah
7,349,214 5:43 2004-08-15
To the Sea
To the Sea
7,298,883 5:10 2018-05-18
This Love Is Over (with The Pariah Dogs)
This Love Is Over (with The Pariah Dogs)
6,689,590 3:30 2010-08-13
New York City's Killing Me (with The Pariah Dogs)
New York City's Killing Me (with The Pariah Dogs)
6,434,632 4:13 2010-08-13
A Falling Through
A Falling Through
6,194,825 4:25 2008-10-13
Lesson Learned
Lesson Learned
6,077,967 4:37 2006-08-29
Ojai
Ojai
5,907,371 4:36 2014-04-25
Hey Me, Hey Mama
Hey Me, Hey Mama
5,553,809 4:25 2008-10-13
Part Two - In My Own Way
Part Two - In My Own Way
5,439,381 6:36 2016-03-04
Drive-In Movies
Drive-In Movies
5,221,690 5:03 2014-04-25
God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (with The Pariah Dogs)
God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (with The Pariah Dogs)
5,157,720 3:09 2010-08-13
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Truly, Madly, Deeply
5,041,361 1:53 2006-08-29
Barfly
Barfly
5,033,097 3:55 2006-08-29
Roll Me Mama, Roll Me
Roll Me Mama, Roll Me
5,029,810 4:05 2020-06-26
Meg White
Meg White
4,981,139 4:12 2008-10-13
Narrow Escape
Narrow Escape
4,938,931 4:39 2004-08-15
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame)
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame)
4,777,023 4:22 2008-10-13
Like Rock & Roll and Radio (with The Pariah Dogs)
Like Rock & Roll and Radio (with The Pariah Dogs)
4,716,589 6:04 2010-08-13
Lavender
Lavender
4,440,858 4:26 2014-04-25
Within You
Within You
4,335,950 5:43 2006-08-29
Let's Make It Last
Let's Make It Last
3,465,430 4:27 2018-05-18
You Can Bring Me Flowers
You Can Bring Me Flowers
3,442,061 4:12 2006-08-29
Gossip in the Grain
Gossip in the Grain
3,362,537 3:59 2008-10-13
She's the One
She's the One
3,210,369 3:18 2014-04-25
Old Before Your Time (with The Pariah Dogs)
Old Before Your Time (with The Pariah Dogs)
3,208,860 4:03 2010-08-13
Repo Man (with The Pariah Dogs)
Repo Man (with The Pariah Dogs)
3,178,677 6:07 2010-08-13
Part One - Homecoming
Part One - Homecoming
3,115,889 8:30 2016-03-04
Blue Canadian Rockies - Recorded at Sound Stage Studios Nashville
Blue Canadian Rockies - Recorded at Sound Stage Studios Nashville
3,076,739 2:16 2018-06-13
Are We Really Through (with The Pariah Dogs)
Are We Really Through (with The Pariah Dogs)
3,061,014 4:60 2010-08-13
Paper Man
Paper Man
2,985,829 4:26 2018-05-18
It's Always Been You
It's Always Been You
2,773,596 5:36 2018-05-18
Till the Sun Turns Black
Till the Sun Turns Black
2,772,546 4:29 2006-08-29
Achin' All The Time
Achin' All The Time
2,591,523 2:39 2008-10-14
Highway to the Sun
Highway to the Sun
2,445,413 5:31 2020-06-26
Devil's in the Jukebox (with The Pariah Dogs)
Devil's in the Jukebox (with The Pariah Dogs)
2,406,802 3:60 2010-08-13
Misty Morning Rain
Misty Morning Rain
2,401,361 5:40 2020-06-24
Gone Away from Me
Gone Away from Me
2,345,145 4:25 2006-08-29
Empty (Live)
Empty (Live)
2,054,773 5:51 2008-10-14
Part Two - Wouldn't It Make A Lovely Photograph
Part Two - Wouldn't It Make A Lovely Photograph
1,905,010 4:00 2016-03-04
No Other Way
No Other Way
1,888,141 3:38 2014-04-25
All the Ways (feat. Ray LaMontagne)
All the Ways (feat. Ray LaMontagne)
1,811,024 3:39 2024-02-14
Pick Up a Gun
Pick Up a Gun
1,795,642 5:06 2014-04-25
Part of the Light
Part of the Light
1,764,881 4:20 2018-05-18
Rocky Mountain Healin'
Rocky Mountain Healin'
1,762,788 4:16 2020-06-24
Part One - The Changing Man
Part One - The Changing Man
1,747,420 4:13 2016-03-04
Goodbye Blue Sky
Goodbye Blue Sky
1,717,115 7:07 2018-05-18
Roses And Cigarettes
Roses And Cigarettes
1,711,484 4:18 2008-10-14
Julia
Julia
1,643,353 3:21 2014-04-25
The Changing Man/While It Still Beats (Ouroboros Part 1)
The Changing Man/While It Still Beats (Ouroboros Part 1)
1,636,988 3:52 2016-07-01
Summer Clouds
Summer Clouds
1,611,619 4:25 2020-06-26
Part Two - A Murmuration of Starlings
Part Two - A Murmuration of Starlings
1,606,441 2:33 2016-03-04
Part Two - Another Day
Part Two - Another Day
1,498,758 3:06 2016-03-04
The Man In Me (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
The Man In Me (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
1,488,665 3:15 2011-02-15
Part One - While It Still Beats
Part One - While It Still Beats
1,427,779 4:10 2016-03-04
It Takes Me Back
It Takes Me Back
1,421,872 3:41 2023-08-25
Be Here Now (Live)
Be Here Now (Live)
1,420,491 6:16 2008-10-14
Smashing
Smashing
1,381,544 4:41 2014-04-25
Morning Comes Wearing Diamonds
Morning Comes Wearing Diamonds
1,189,691 3:58 2020-06-24
Burn - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Burn - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
1,082,999 3:59 2006-03-07
Broken Sky
Broken Sky
1,060,621 4:31 2023-08-25
Step Into Your Power
Step Into Your Power
1,039,240 3:29 2024-06-05
Weeping Willow
Weeping Willow
924,598 3:23 2020-06-26
Jolene - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Jolene - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
914,107 5:05 2006-03-07
No Answer Arrives
No Answer Arrives
825,137 5:14 2018-05-18
As Black As Blood Is Blue
As Black As Blood Is Blue
758,515 4:45 2018-05-18
Trouble - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Trouble - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
730,519 4:49 2006-03-07
Shelter - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Shelter - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
682,624 5:09 2006-03-07
Empty - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Empty - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
651,817 4:40 2006-03-07
Without Words
Without Words
616,816 4:18 2014-05-23
Trouble (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
Trouble (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
590,612 4:34 2011-02-15
Long Way Home
Long Way Home
523,209 4:02 2024-06-28
Forever My Friend - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
Forever My Friend - Live at Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN - June 2005
510,278 7:51 2006-03-07
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
224,954 3:44 2011-02-15
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
For the Summer (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
223,218 4:32 2010-12-20
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
212,455 4:52 2010-12-20
Like Rock & Roll and Radio (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
Like Rock & Roll and Radio (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
208,587 6:05 2010-12-20
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
Beg Steal or Borrow (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
198,913 4:23 2011-02-15
You Can Bring Me Flowers (with The Pariah Dogs feat. Secret Sisters) - Live - Fall 2010
You Can Bring Me Flowers (with The Pariah Dogs feat. Secret Sisters) - Live - Fall 2010
197,810 3:50 2010-12-20
Trouble - Live From KFOG
Trouble - Live From KFOG
176,417 4:22 2005-06-28
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame) (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame) (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live - Fall 2010
166,988 6:08 2010-12-20
Old Before Your Time (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
Old Before Your Time (with The Pariah Dogs) - Live From Avatar Studios
158,169 4:08 2011-02-15
Beg Steal Or Borrow
Beg Steal Or Borrow
139,347 4:45 2011-08-30
Shelter - Live From KFOG
Shelter - Live From KFOG
123,024 4:53 2005-06-28
Hold You In My Arms - Live from KFOG
Hold You In My Arms - Live from KFOG
122,518 5:06 2005-06-28
Burn - Live From KFOG
Burn - Live From KFOG
105,641 2:52 2005-06-28
Hannah - Live From KFOG
Hannah - Live From KFOG
94,785 5:42 2005-06-28
Can I Stay - Live
Can I Stay - Live
76,435 4:21 2006-08-29
Achin' All The Time - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Achin' All The Time - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
19,784 2:47 2008-12-29
Gossip in the Grain - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Gossip in the Grain - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
18,852 3:04 2008-12-29
Empty - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Empty - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
13,246 5:36 2008-12-29
Hey Me, Hey Mama - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Hey Me, Hey Mama - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
12,760 4:36 2008-12-29
Roses And Cigarettes - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Roses And Cigarettes - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
12,085 4:23 2008-12-29
Let It Be Me - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
Let It Be Me - Live at Avast! Recording, Seattle, WA - 2008
11,889 4:26 2008-12-29

New releases

Long Way Home
Long Way Home
2024-06-28
[Liula Records]
Step Into Your Power
Step Into Your Power
2024-06-05
[Liula Records]
Broken Sky / It Takes Me Back
Broken Sky / It Takes Me Back
2023-08-25
[Liula Records distributed by Mick Music]
I Was Born To Love You
I Was Born To Love You
2022-08-04
[Liula Records distributed by Mick Music]
MONOVISION
MONOVISION
2020-06-26
[RCA Records Label]
Make It Last
Make It Last
2020-06-24
[RCA/Legacy]
Seasons
Seasons
2020-06-24
[RCA/Legacy]
Loving You
Loving You
2020-06-24
[RCA/Legacy]
Cruising
Cruising
2020-06-24
[RCA/Legacy]
Spotify Singles
Spotify Singles
2018-06-13
[RCA Records Label]
Part Of The Light
Part Of The Light
2018-05-18
[RCA Records Label]
The Changing Man/While It Still Beats (Ouroboros Part 1)
The Changing Man/While It Still Beats (Ouroboros Part 1)
2016-07-01
[RCA Records Label]
Ouroboros
Ouroboros
2016-03-04
[RCA Records Label]
Supernova
Supernova
2014-04-25
[RCA Records Label]
Live - Spring 2010
Live - Spring 2010
2011-02-15
[RCA Records Label]
Live - Fall 2010
Live - Fall 2010
2010-12-20
[RCA Records Label]
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise (with The Pariah Dogs)
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise (with The Pariah Dogs)
2010-08-13
[RCA Records Label]
Live Session - 2008
Live Session - 2008
2008-12-29
[RCA/Legacy]
Gossip in the Grain
Gossip in the Grain
2008-10-14
[14th Floor Records]
Gossip In The Grain (Expanded Edition)
Gossip In The Grain (Expanded Edition)
2008-10-14
[RCA Records Label]
Gossip In The Grain
Gossip In The Grain
2008-10-13
[RCA Records Label]
Till The Sun Turns Black
Till The Sun Turns Black
2006-08-29
[RCA Records Label]
Till The Sun Turns Black
Till The Sun Turns Black
2006-08-29
[Ray LaMontagne]
Live From Bonnaroo 2005
Live From Bonnaroo 2005
2006-03-07
[RCA Records Label]
Live From KFOG
Live From KFOG
2005-06-28
[RCA Records Label]
Trouble
Trouble
2004-09-14
[Ray LaMontagne]
Trouble
Trouble
2004-08-15
[RCA Records Label]