Review – Michael Ray’s “Kiss You In The Morning” Is A Damn Joke

Michael Ray

How am I supposed to take this song seriously? I heard about new country artist Michael Ray a couple of weeks back and apparently he’s supposed to be the next big thing according to his label Warner Music Nashville. I passed it off as just hype on social media. Then I noticed he was in the top 60 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Now I’m starting to get a little concerned. What drove me to review this song was when I saw this tweet from Windmills Country. “Kiss You In The Morning” is the next song in line to get the On The Verge pick push. You know the same one that helped propel Sam Hunt to his current standing. The same Verge that pushed Chase Bryant onto the chart (this one didn’t turn out as well as Hunt). So now I gotta talk about Michael Ray and his debut single because it’s inevitable it will go up on the Country Airplay chart.

First let’s just talk about the album cover. Look at him. He looks like he’s fresh from the former worst show on television Jersey Shore. Ray has perfectly coifed hair and a nice tan, with a simple t-shirt look. He’s a record label and teenagers’ wet dream because for some reason all country stars nowadays have to be pretty and have sex appeal. As Windmills Country says, he’s hunky and funky! So you have to like him! That’s the logic label executives are using. But what about the music? Well there’s a reason why they’re emphasizing his hunky attributes over his music.

“Kiss You In The Morning” is a giant pile of steaming garbage. There is nothing redeeming about this song. Where do I begin with this mess? Let’s start with the bro-country lyrics. Here are the opening lines of the song:

Them jeans are faded
In all the right places
You got me hanging on tight to your curves like little E races
Girl your funky little back beat has got me
Feel like I’m tipsy
And I ain’t even had a drink

I thought this bullshit was going away? I just can’t. I can’t deal with these lyrics anymore. They promised it was going away! This shit is old and no one is amused anymore. Bro country is like a damn cockroach. You think you’ve killed it but this bug continues to slither along. The chorus for this song is even worse. Wanna take a guess what the main theme is? If your answer is kissing, you’re correct. It doesn’t exactly take a Rhodes scholar to figure it out. But it’s not just kissing! It’s about kissing all over the place. From the moonlight to a red light to neon light to the morning, there’s kissing. How creative! Even Richard Dawson thinks this is overkill in the kissing department.

You know what’s sad though? Those aren’t even the worst parts of the song. No, the worst part and also most laughable comes after the first chorus. It’s when Ray utters the line: “Oh you little outlaw.” Hahahahahaha! Wait I’m not done yet. Hahahaha! Even Eric Church is rolling his eyes at this reference. I think this song is going for every ridiculous cliché that has been put in a country song in the last five years. To top it all off it just has your standard, generic beat you’ve heard in every bro country song. I mean why not go for some EDM infusion too? Try to check off everything on the shit list and make one of the worst songs ever.

What else is there to say about “Kiss You In The Morning”? This song flat-out sucks in every single way. There is no point in having yet another bro country song about kissing. This is another perfect example of Nashville trying to shove shit down the country music consumers throat and tell them it’s candy. I hope country music listeners have learned their lesson and just ignore this terrible song. Some people in country music are trying to make strides and this song hurts those strides. “Kiss You In The Morning” will go down as one of the worst country songs of 2015 and will be a strong contender for Country Perspective’s Worst Song of 2015 award. Avoid this song at all costs.

Grade: 0/10

63 thoughts on “Review – Michael Ray’s “Kiss You In The Morning” Is A Damn Joke

  1. Raymond March 6, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Wow this song is terrible in every word of it haha. This guy can’t sing at all he will break out unfortunately. Not as much as Sam Hunt but not as bad as Chase Bryant. Them jeans line like really this is what passes as country. Watch as this song goes number 1 and Carrie Underwood will never get a billboard number 1 again probably. Well I hope he doesn’t do well. It’s not exactly racing up the charts like other on the verge artists. Why couldn’t for On The Verge picked Cam or Jana Kramer Ashley Monroe. All more talented I know you guys didn’t like Ashley’s new song but it’s better than this garbage. Oh well I hope it stalls out like God Made Girls at least. 0/10. Indeed. On The Verge needs to get the right artist to break out A Thousand Horses and Chase Bryant were OK but the rest have been awful.

    Insult to music go back to the Shore Michael 0/10.

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  2. bob March 6, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    Terrible song – no redeeming qualities that I can see.


  3. NoahHibiscusEaton March 6, 2015 / 4:03 pm


    Wow, you weren’t kidding. This is historically awful, and eclipses David Fanning’s “Country Done Right” as the Worst Country/”Country” Single of 2015 thus far! -__-

    This has absolutely no redeeming attributes. But I’ll refrain from repeating what you’ve already sad about the lyrics and just add the following.


    Firstly, Michael Ray’s vocals are simply unattractive listening to. They kind of remind me of a cross between Wes Scantlin from the terrible post-grunge rock band Puddle of Mudd (one of the most irritating vocalists of all time to me)………..and Tyler Connolly of the equally as awful post-grunge band Theory Of A Deadman. They sound hoarse and callous and sound starkly at odds with a mostly pedestrian country-pop production layout.

    Secondly, you touched on moments where they exert a lot of effort to write absolutely terrible lines, but then there are moments throughout the rest of the song that come across as absolutely lazy lyrically. For instance, in the chorus when he booms: “Kiss you like a lets go, come on, baby let me hear you say oh, oh…”

    REALLY?!!! You couldn’t think of a better way to rhyme an already lazy word (“go”)? And the way he enunciates “Oh oh!” can’t help but remind me of an unfortunate experience I had in hearing a song from the now irrelevant and washed-up band Hinder’s debut album (because, hey, I give all kinds of music a fair listen, okay? =P ) titled “Room 21″………………………which had one of the worst one-liners I’ve EVER heard in a song of any genre: “When she was done, she said she liked the taste of my oh, oh, oh…”

    Uggggggghhhhh! That lyric somehow reminded me of the horrendous lyric from that awful song, and no matter what I’m always going to think of that terrible song when I hear this dumb-as-sand lyric from this terrible song! Thanks for scarring me for life, Michael! (runs to cry in corner of the room -__- -__- -__-


    I hate this song with a vehement passion……………….and yet, the not-so-funny thing in all of this is that this song doesn’t make me angry either like Darius Rucker and Easton Corbin’s current efforts (or lack thereof) do. Because this is a debut single from someone who we don’t know yet if he is better than this, whereas we KNOW Darius and Easton are vastly better than their current dumpster fires.

    But that said, it still pisses me off the Nashville songwriting machine apparently still hasn’t gotten the message, and Clear Channel is encouraging such atrocities to persist via their payola schemes.


    Yeah, 0/10, without a single second thought about the ranking. SKIP IT!!! >=(

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    • John in Georgia March 6, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      If this is worse than Da-da-david Fa-fa-fanning’s song-ong-ong, it’s probably best for my health not to give this listen.


    • bob March 6, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      I don’t know anything about a “Nashville songwriting machine” but my guess is that a lot of good songs are still being written. Whoever controls what gets played on radio may be more to blame for only selecting the bad songs that they think will sell. It’s not about quality. It’s about the money. I searched BMI and found out that the writers for this song are Larry Michael White and Justin Tyler Wilson. The names are not familiar to me.


  4. Lorenzo March 6, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    damn this song really sucks! it’s even worse than sam hunt! sounds like Luke Bryan, chase rice, Thomas rhett, jason aldean, florida georgia line mixed all together. I’m tired of this stupid-as-hell music.

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  5. Derek Hudgin March 6, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    That picture just screeeeeaaaaams douche. Unbelievable

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    • Josh Schott March 6, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      I know, right? They couldn’t have chosen a more ridiculous picture.

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      • Pete Marshall March 7, 2015 / 9:56 pm

        Yeah I want 3 minutes of my life back from listening this trash.


    • Scotty J March 6, 2015 / 10:15 pm

      They really have stopped even pretending that any of these guys are what has been traditionally considered country. It really kicked into gear with that Sam Hunt publicity shot where he looked more like some Euro DJ. I think the goal here is to straddle the line between claiming these guys are country singers while at the same time marketing them to people who don’t like country music.

      Really what they are doing with this stuff is alienating a loyal customer base in an attempt to lure another demo that will dump them in a second when the next hot fad comes along. Short term business thinking at it’s very best.

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      • Derek Hudgin March 6, 2015 / 10:21 pm

        Exactly. Who can make us the most money as quickly as possible. There’s no integrity to it


  6. Pete Marshall March 6, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Thank you I would not waste my time and my ears listen to this shit. thank you Josh that why I like your website.

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  7. Pete Marshall March 6, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I just listen to Michael Ray “Kiss you in the Morning” what a total joke 3:01 of it. 0/10 I can’t believe this crap of the song; total garbage. I would put the song in the dumpster and transfer to the waste dump.


  8. NoahHibiscusEaton March 7, 2015 / 1:39 am

    Oh, two more responses to the lyrics.


    Firstly, are people like the writers of this song remotely self-aware of the fact that when Brad Paisley wrote the tongue-in-cheek pick-up song “Ticks”………………..that when he tells the female subject he got a peek of one half of her butterfly tattoo and wants to see the other half………………..that that was meant to be interpreted as part of a creep’s act? -__-

    Yet, now, this is just one of many songs I’ve been noticing as of late where the male narrators are obsessed over female subjects revealing their intimate tattoos. Do they have no respect for them whatsoever? Do they not understand that many women get tattoos solely for symbolic, personal and self-affirming reasons that have nothing to do with indicating promiscuity? -__-


    Secondly, “kiss you running red lights”?.


    Easton Corbin’s trash can fire of a song that was “All Over The Road” was bad enough, but yeah……………let’s see the both of you live through the next red light you zoom through! =P

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  9. Zack March 7, 2015 / 7:18 am

    I heard this on my radio coming home from a concert (I wasn’t driving so I didn’t have a choice in music :p ) After my ears got done bleeding, my friend who normally likes bro-country even had to admit this song sucks. Seriously, this guy makes Chase Rice look like a sincere guy….. and the song? You hit the freakin’ nail on the head in every aspect. Why the hell is THIS the next On The Verge pick? Why not pick songs from people who are going to struggle and who actually have a better song out? Mo Pitney is a great example. Sure his song “Country” may be a bit bland but its at least traditional and he also has way better songs he can pitch later on, and lord knows that being on Curb, Mo isn’t going to get the boost he needs. Or why not help a female like Mickey Guyton? The song started out strong but now its slowing down rapidly. Picking artists with lackluster(or in thus case terrible) songs or people who don’t need the boost kind of defeats the purpose of the On The Verge program to me. My god they’ve picked Raelynn, Sam Hunt and now this guy…. I’m not looking forward to what else this guy has to bring


  10. Jessica March 12, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Really you guys this song is absolutely amazing and I talk to him on twitter a lot. His music has gotten me through a lot in my last month or two of hardships. He really does bring a smile to some girls apparently not everyone here feels the same way I do but you know what if you really listened to all of his music on youtube every day like I do then guess what? you might actually start to like it like I do. I loved his music from the first day I have heard it.


    • Raymond March 13, 2015 / 8:20 am

      Welcome Jessica since Josh and Derrick probably won’t respond I will. The problem with this song is for one thing it’s pure out bro-country. Bro-country essentially ruined country music for others. They said Bro Country was done and they came out with this. My problem lies with one of the worse opening lines ever. ” them jeans are faded in all the right places.” I have no desire to listen to any of his other music. Probably people’s biggest problem is why does this get On The Verge when artists like Mo Pitney Ashley Monroe Jana Kramer Cam and even Mickey Guyton all have better songs on the charts than this. The lyrics are throwaway in this song. The production is bland and his twang feels force.


    • Derek Hudgin March 13, 2015 / 9:39 am

      Jessica, the main issue is there’s ZERO originality with this music. It’s the same rehashed lyrics and themes from other “country pretty boys” before him. Luke Bryan, FGL, Cole Swindell, etc. Just because the lyrics are arranged differently, doesn’t mean that it’s new. This song is very reminiscent of “Cruise.”

      I know judged him by his picture, but if he is a nice guy like you say, that’s great. Unfortunately his personality isn’t indicative of the quality of his music and shallow lyrics. This is another guy being shoved out by the corporate suits of Music Row to try an attract girls like yourself to the genre and make a quick buck of his looks while he sings the same song that was popular 2 years ago.

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      • Raymond March 13, 2015 / 9:45 am

        Not too mention the fact if it wasn’t for On The Verge this guy would probably be forgotten with this song.


  11. bclautz March 13, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    This Song screams Bro-country or as I refer it d-bag country. Song is awful Isn’t there better country artist then this


    • fromthewordsofbr March 14, 2015 / 10:05 am

      Or met-bro-politian country.


  12. Bobby Smith March 16, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Wow! I wonder if any of you have ever been to country Florida. Perhaps you have been to Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa but have you ever been to rural Florida? Michael Ray is just that! He is a good ole country boy that has grown up outside of the city but with city influence.

    I like the song – it is catching and fun! While this is not the first song I have heard from Ray it certainly has caught the attention of those critics that are out of touch with the market. Before you make such harsh comments about an artist perhaps you should listen to his earlier music so you know his background.

    YOU nay sayers really make me sick!


    • Josh Schott March 16, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      I don’t give a crap about his past music nor what kind of a person he is. I’m judging this song and song alone. The other stuff doesn’t affect my grade. To me this song stinks. If you enjoy it, good for you.


    • Scotty J March 16, 2015 / 10:13 pm

      ‘has caught the attention of those critics that are out of touch with the market’

      What a bizarre statement that sounds more like some kind of label publicity flunky.

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    • Derek Hudgin March 17, 2015 / 10:20 am

      I’ve listened to the EP on Spotify, and still think his music is generic pop country, not one song of the five (including this) was new or fresh. He’s a FGL/Aldean lyrical cross with the looks of the next Luke Bryan. Nothing about him is original in my opinion.


  13. Desirae April 10, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Regardless of your opinion of this song, your opinion of where Michael Ray is going is dead wrong! Maybe in order to judge someone’s talent you should do a little research and see all the sold out shows and the huge following he brought with him that will continuously be devoted fans long after your name is forgotten! Michael has an amazing voice and while I do not think this is his best song to date, it was chosen for him I’m sure because it would sell! As for the “Jersey Shore” reference… HA!!! You can tell so much from a picture right? Michael is far from any of the things you labeled him as, and is probably more country than you could ever imagine. Small town boy raised in the south and on real country music… But when you decide to pull your head out of your butt and see who he really is and listen to ALL his music then maybe you can judge with a little bit of insight behind it. And FYI he co-wrote Big and Rich’s newest single and has passed that on the charts because he is a better artist… And unless you have talent like that, then really who are you to make that judgement at all? 🙂 thanks and have a nice day! (On behalf of all of Michael Ray Nation)


    • Acca Dacca May 18, 2015 / 12:17 am

      And FYI he co-wrote Big and Rich’s newest single and has passed that on the charts because he is a better artist…

      RRRIIIGGGHHHTTT. And none of this has ANYTHING to do with the fact that Michael Ray is signed to a major label while Big & Rich are signed to an indie label, or the fact that Warner has enough money to get Ray into the “On the Verge” program that artificially inflates a song’s chart standing by forcing — pardon me, “showcasing” — new songs at the top of every hour. Please. Being a “better artist” ain’t got a thing to do with it. If radio were reliant upon that kind of metric 95% of these idiots wouldn’t be on the airwaves at all, no one would know who they were, and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

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    • Rene Sasse June 1, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Michael had no choice in what was recorded and put out there, he’s an amazing young man and does not deserve to be bashed like he is. As for his perfect hair and tan, he’s had those for all of the 7 years I have known him,after all he is from Florida and he was dating a hairdresser when I met him and yes, he’s good looking, since when is that a bad thing ? I first heard him sing in my niece’s living room 7 years ago, had never seen him until that night and I got goosebumps when he sang. I agree this song is not traditional country, not much out there is anymore, but I have heard him sing the old tunes and he’s amazing, sure I’m a bit biased since I’ve known him so long but like I said my first time hearing him he was awesome. I don’t love every song I’ve heard him sing, can’t say that about any singer…..Give him a chance to get out there and do his own thing and you might have a different opinion, but at the very least he is following his dream, played Grand Old Opry three times in just over a month, and he has a huge following since before he got the record deal..which he worked long & hard to build.If i don’t like a song or a singer, I just don’t listen, I don’t bash them, makes me wonder why some people are being so hard assed ? Jealous much ?


      • Josh Schott June 1, 2015 / 9:06 pm

        Rene, I don’t know why you’re getting so worked up. Nobody is calling him a terrible person and the comments on his looks are said in jest. They are not mean-spirited, nor personal attacks. This review is based solely on the song itself and I found the song to be quite lacking. His personality and looks, whether good or bad, have no bearing on my review grades. Zero. And if he puts out a quality song I will be more than happy to give him a nice review and grade. You clearly have a personal connection with him, so I understand why you’re so passionate. But please realize where I’m coming from when I conduct reviews. Thanks.


    • Elisha yates July 19, 2015 / 1:06 pm

      I agree how many of these so called critics have ever even attempted to make a hit record and much less succeed at it don’t dog something just because your jealous what the hell do you know t think his record sells speak for themselves and what country artist doesn’t make a fun record….. All of them


  14. Acca Dacca May 18, 2015 / 12:21 am

    I know I’m late to the party on this one, but I’m actually surprised that Michael’s output is looking to be as mediocre as it is. As Desirae pointed out above, he co-wrote Big & Rich’s current single “Run Away With You,” which isn’t a bad song at all. He also co-wrote “Don’t Wake Me Up,” also on Gravity, and possibly another single. Maybe he needs to hang out with John Rich more often.

    In point of fact, both of those songs were uploaded in acoustic form right after they were written all the way back in 2013, with both John and Michael performing. Ray doesn’t have a bad voice, either.

    “Run Away With You”:
    “Don’t Wake Me Up”:


  15. Jenny June 1, 2015 / 9:43 am

    He’s a small town start up. Everyone begins somewhere. I don’t think it’s fair to bash him for being “cliché” it takes time to grow and obviously many people love him already.
    Furthermore, John Rich (from Big & Rich…) wrote this song with him. You just insulted an iconic country group.
    I’m sorry that country music isn’t full of lyrics about whatever you think it should be. Country classically contains lots of kissing. It’s part of the genre. Sorry


  16. thehawg June 13, 2015 / 12:44 am

    Great song Michael Ray. Gets plenty of air time on Kiss country in south Floridae


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