The Don Gibson Theatre is proud to add another Grammy Award Winning artist to the ever growing list to play the Theatre. Along with the many awards, Marty Raybon has accumulated 5 number one hits, 10 Top ten hits, and 17 top forty hits. Hits like “Sunday in the South” “The Church on Cumberland Road” “Two Dozen Roses” “Next to You Next to Me” and “If Bubba Can Dance”
Marty Wins His First IBMA Award
Marty Raybon can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award to his prestigious list of awards including Grammy, CMA and AMC awards with the group Shenandoah to his successful 40 year career as an entertainer.
Michael began performing when he was 7 years old, doing a song or two with his Father’s band, The Honky-Tonk Goodtime Band, whenever they played a “family friendly” venue. His first live appearance was in Mocksville, NC. He performed Flatt & Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs’ “Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You.”
Even though he had learned a few chords when he was younger, Michael really started to learn how to play the guitar in his teenage years. It was at this time that he also began writing songs.
In his mid 20’s, Michael became lead singer for a very successful regionally touring band called Native Son. While with Native Son, Michael shared the stage with many great, well-known artists like Gary Allan, Shenandoah, Sara Evans, Sawyer Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wade Hayes and others.
Michael left Native Son in 2001 and began concentrating on his songwriting. In 2007, Michael teamed with hit songwriter/producer Byron Hill (www.byronhillmusic.com) to write music and songs for a film project.
In March of 2012 Michael recorded his first collection of original material, and released STAY COUNTRY in September of 2012. Produced by Byron Hill, Michael co-wrote all the tracks on the EP.