Lyric-centric, rock-infused-singer-songwriter, CJ Ray is set to release his latest EP, ‘For Each Other‘, on July 23rd. Comprised of four original songs and CJ’s reimagining of Sarah McLachlan’s ‘Sweet Surrender‘, the EP boasts visceral and heartfelt performances by the songwriter and his band and was produced by Paul Fig (Deftones, Coheed and Cambria, Trivium.) The majority of the songs were written and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic and the social issues surrounding that time. Ray explores themes that include returning to normal life, caring for others, appreciating the past, desiring freedom, newness and rebirth.
The faith-based rocker also announces his ‘For Each Other‘ micro-grant initiative which will disperse fifty $100.00 grants to individuals whose family and friends have nominated them for being “there for each other” during this past, tumultuous year. The nominating process asks the nominator to post via social media a photo or video in celebration of the person or family who has been there for them in a meaningful way. The recipients of the ‘For Each Other‘ micro-grant will receive funds directly in August, 2021. Click Here for the official micro grant process and rules.
“Over the last year and a half, I’ve been so inspired by my own family and friends as we’ve worked to stay both healthy and feel connected,” says CJ. “I’m so grateful as it feels like we’re closer than ever now. I wanted to find ways to pay it forward with the ‘For Each Other‘ release, so I am announcing a round of Micro Grants designed to help people share a little love back to those who have been there for them over these challenging months. The idea of the unexpected gift is so powerful and I hope it brings joy to many! Let’s get back to being our best selves as the Human Race. God loves you.”