Raycharles "Ray" LaMontagne is a folk singer-songwriter currently living in Wilton, Maine. After hearing a Stephen Stills song, he decided to quit his job at a shoe factory and pursue a career in music. He has since released two records, Trouble and Till the Sun Turns Black. In the UK, Trouble was a top 5 hit, and the title track of the album was a top 25 hit. Till the Sun Turns Black was a top 40 hit in the US. A soft-spoken person who is known for his raspy voice, LaMontagne has won a number of awards for his music and has performed at several charity events.