Cari Ray at Songwriter Serenade

Cari was honored to be among 15 songwriters named as semi-finalists in the Songwriter Serenade competition held annually in Schulenburg, Texas. A wonderful weekend saw new connections and friendships made, old ones revisited, a finish in the top 5, and her yet-to-be-released song, “Born To Shine,” was considered by the judges to be the top song of the event.

A Love River at Flood Stage

I woke up this morning with my heart and spirit feeling even more open and squishy than usual. Rather like a lobster having just shed its shell. On days like these, it’s as though I hover just below the surface of a good cry. Not sorrowful tears, but the sort that are born of an overflowing of what’s inside. Like there’s just not quite enough room in this little body for all that is welling up. I’m not even sure how to name it. Love, maybe, like the Agape version I learned about in Sunday School? The kind that is for everyone and everything. It hurts just a little, but with that sort of light, persistent tug that comes just to let you know it’s there.

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Cari Ray is first and foremost a storyteller. One who has lived a rather storied life. Personally & professionally, she has continued to explore the boundaries of what is possible, through her writing, performing, speaking podcasting endeavors. She’s been the Creative Director for a marketing agency, a successful entrepreneur who has built and sold multiple businesses, and a personal & professional coach. And most recently, she has been a nationally-touring, award-winning songwriter and performer. With the professional landscape rapidly changing, So in addition to her podcast, “Fisher of Zen,” Cari is carving out time to turn her attentions toward inspiring others to reach their maximum potential—through performance, public speaking, & professional consulting for musicians and creatives. No, Cari doesn’t look or sound like a run-of-the-mill mentor. Because she isn’t. If you’re interested in getting out of your own box and your own way to see what is possible, she has the tools, experience, & inspiration to help you get there.

“Strong singers figure out how to play a few chords to get by.  Great fret-masters eke out a tepid set of vocals for the same reason.  Then we sit down and watch someone [like Cari Ray] who can nail them both.” – National Road Magazine

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