When DJ and record producer Ryan Lewis contacted him on Facebook for a possible collaboration in 2011, Ray Dalton was in the midst of pursuing his goal to work with every big hip-hop artist in Seattle.
The multi-talented singer/songwriter was hoping that any of the powerhouse hooks he was creating would help him get discovered as an artist. The one that finally caught on - his infectious chorus for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hip-hop anthem “Can’t Hold Us” - helped spur the track from the duo’s Grammy winning album, THE HEIST, into an ongoing global phenomenon. It also laid the groundwork for the 27 year old Dalton’s emergence this year as an artist in his own right, with the release of his deeply grooving debut pop-soul single, “If You Fall.” Dalton co-wrote the new track with Scott Effman (Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Mike Posner) and it was produced by Rufus Dipper. Dalton is excited about sharing his deeper, ever-evolving artistry as a songwriter and vocalist with the fans who know him best from “Can’t Hold Us.” Certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, the track was a #1 hit on four Billboard charts, including the Hot 100, and was a chart-topper everywhere. Named “The Most Streamed Song of 2013” by Spotify, its massively popular Grammy® nominated video also earned the singer two MTV Video Music Awards.
The Grammy® nominated singer also co-wrote and performed on the worldwide smash “Don’t Worry” with Madcon (#1 in over 21 countries) and “Stronger” with DJ Arty.