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Jon Wayne Hatfield "Tell Me Ray" Song Review

Jon Wayne Hatfield has delivered a studio version of a song he first debuted during an audition on American Idol. "Tell Me Ray" will bring back a sense of nostalgia while capturing fan attention.

Hatfield is a 21-year-old country artist and songwriter who independently released his debut single, “What A Truck Is For” in 2020. He followed that with “Strong Woman” in May 2021, and both songs have now been streamed on Spotify and Apple Music more than one million times. Hatfield has become a rising star on TikTok, where he has amassed more than 300k followers. He has also received more than five million views on YouTube for his cover of Elvie Shane’s “My Boy - girl version.”

Written solely by Hatfield, "Tell Me Ray" tells the striking true story of the Nashville recording artist's granddad, Ray. Being raised by his grandma and granddad, Hatfield has always been close to his grandparents. "I wrote this song a couple of years ago about my grandpa just after the loss of my grandma. I've been getting tons of requests for it since I played it on American Idol, and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with everyone now. I hope other people who have experienced a loss will find it comforting," said Hatfield in a press release.

This song is as heartfelt as any song about one's grandpa. The beautiful tribute pays homage to a man that carries so much love and curiosity from Hatfield. "Watch you face your fears and hold back your tears / Tell me Ray, why did you wait so long / To tell me what was wrong, tell me Ray." It's a special song that leaves no question why fans fell in love with the singer during his audition on the hit competition show.

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