Ray Boltz

Ray Boltz

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A few years ago, Ray Boltz was one of Christian music's most popular artists. He has sold more than 4.5 million units and has had as many as four projects on billboards CCM top 50 at one time. Now he is releasing his first project since announcing to the world in September of 2008 that he was gay.

Biography

Ray has always been a storyteller. His signature song "Thank You" which won a dove award as "Song of the Year" in 1990 is a perfect example. His new project "True" was produced by HitPlay Productions in LA and is destined to be one of his most relevant and powerful projects.

Lyrics

Don't Tell Me Who To Love

Written By: Ray Boltz

Don’t Tell Me Who To Love

The year was 1966
And they were wearing wedding bands
But she was black and he was white
And some people didn’t understand

The judge said that’s not legal
The preacher called it a sin
But that couldn’t stop them
Cause’ he loved her and she loved him

Don’t tell me who to love
Don’t tell me who to kiss
Don’t tell me that there’s something wrong
Because I feel like this
I know what’s in my heart
And that should be enough
Don’t tell me, Don’t tell me…no
Don’t tell me who to love

Now maybe you’re in love today
And you’ve been making wedding plans
But there is someone in your way
Shouting things cause’ they don’t understand

And the judge says that’s not legal
And the preacher calls it a sin
Oh you just remember
They were wrong before and they’re wrong again

Chorus

Now there always will be hatred
And voices that condemn
But I believe that true love
Is gonna’ make it in the end

Chorus

I Chose

Written By: Ray Boltz

I chose my house
And I chose my car
And I chose the strings
On this guitar
And I chose to smoke
That first cigar
All of these things
I chose

And I chose the hat
That’s on my head
And the pillows
On my bed
And I chose to eat
What I was fed
Even though I wanted
Something else instead
I chose
I chose

But I didn’t choose
To be born in June
A baby boy with eyes of blue
I didn’t choose
The blood in my veins
My hometown or my last name
I didn’t choose the way I feel
But I know it’s right
And I know it’s real
You see some things are a part of me
And other things
I chose
I chose

Well I chose to kneel
And I chose to pray
That God would take
All the pain away
And I chose to hide
All the doubt and fear
I chose the path
That brought me here
I chose
I chose

But I didn’t choose
To be born in June
A baby boy with eyes of blue
I didn’t choose
The blood in my veins
My hometown or my last name
I didn’t choose the way I feel
But I know it’s right
And I know it’s real
You see some things are a part of me
And other things
I chose
I chose

God Knows I Tried

Written By: Ray Boltz

When they said I was a sinner
I was struggling with my youth
And with the hope
That God could change me
I believed it was the truth
And I spent my whole trying
To be what they said I should
But on the inside I was dying
Cause I never really could

God knows I tried
God Knows all the pain I kept inside
He’s seen every tear I ever cried
God knows I tried

And I was so good at pretending
Just like an actor on the stage
But in the end nobody knew me
Only the roles that I portrayed
And I would rather
Have you hate me
Knowing who I really am
Than to try and make you love me
Being something that I can’t

God knows I tried
God Knows all the pain I kept inside
He’s seen every tear I ever cried
God knows I tried

And after all these years of living
I’ve begun to understand
I can try to be like someone else
But it won’t change
No it won’t change
No it won’t change who I am

God knows I tried
God Knows all the pain I kept inside
He’s seen every tear I ever cried
God knows I tried

You Came To Me

Written By: Ray Boltz

Standing at the door
My heart was trembling
And your eyes seem to say
I understand
You took me in your arms
And you were smiling
Without a promise or demand
I never would have found you
I was just to scared to try
But now my arms
They are around you
And this is the reason why

You came to me
And you let me love you
You came to me
And your love set me free
Though my prison had no bars
I was too afraid to leave
Until you came to me

Say the word
There’s nothing I won’t give you
My heart, my soul,
The moon and all the stars
Ask me to and I’ll be yours forever
I only want to be here
Where you are
I feel the earth falling beneath me
As your love lifts me to the sky
I feel it every time you kiss me
And when I look into your eyes

You came to me
And you let me love you
You came to me
And your love set me free
Though my prison had no bars
I was too afraid to leave
Until you came to me
Until you came to me

Free At Last

Written By: Ray Boltz, Joe Hogue, Sean Petersen

He said I’ve been to the mountain And I have a dream
There is a day approaching
When we all will be free
On that day the sun will rise
When our struggles have past
And we shall be free at last

In that land of plenty
We will all have enough
When everyone is wanted
And everyone’s loved
The way won’t be easy
But you must understand
We’re gonna reach
That promised land

Oh what a glorious moment
Oh what a site it will be
A world full of people
Treated equally
On that day the sun will rise
When our struggles have past
And we shall be free at last

In what seemed like an instant
The dreamer was gone
But in the hearts
Of the ones who listen
The dream still lives on
Don’t give up on tomorrow
Wipe the tears from your eyes
This is a dream that never dies

Oh what a glorious moment
Oh what a site it will be
A world full of people
Treated equally
On that day the sun will rise
When our struggles have past
And we shall be free at last

Oh what a glorious moment
Oh what a site it will be
A world full of people
Treated equally
On that day the sun will rise
When our struggles have past
And we shall be free at last
We shall be free
Free at last

Who Would Jesus Love

Written By: Ray Boltz

I used to wear a bracelet
Asking what would Jesus do
But all my faith and my promises Would quickly fade from view
I tried to do my best
But what I did was never enough
And then I asked the question “Who would Jesus love?”

Would He only love the ones
Who looked the same as me
Would He only offer hope
When He saw similarity
Would He leave the others waiting Like a stranger at the gate
Would He discriminate?
Tell me, who would Jesus love?

Now I can build a bridge
That will reach from me to you
Or I can build a wall instead
If I don’t like the view
As I make the decision
On how to follow through
I don’t need a bracelet
To know what He would do

Would He only love the ones
Who looked the same as me
Would He only offer hope
When He saw similarity
Would He leave the others waiting Like a stranger at the gate
Would He discriminate?
Tell me, who would Jesus love?

There is no Jew or Greek
There is no slave or free
No male or female
He treats us equally

But do we only love the ones
Who look like you and me
Do we only offer hope
When we see similarity
Do we leave the others waiting
Like a stranger at the gate
Do we discriminate?
Tell me, who would Jesus love?
Who would Jesus love?

Discography

-True
-Songs From The Potter's Field
-The Concert Of A Lifetime (RIAA Certified Gold)
-Moments For The Heart
(RIAA Certified Gold)
-Thank You
-The Altar
-Allegiance

Set List

Usually a mix of previous hits with a generous sampling of songs from the newest project.