Michael Ray recently released his sophomore album, Amos, and decided to celebrate in a unique way. The singer partnered with Puma and Zappos for Good to design a one-of-a-kind sneaker where the proceeds from sales benefited Wrigley Cares, a charitable initiative created by Michael.
Wrigley Cares is named after Michael’s shelter dog, Wrigley, and aims to provide shelter animals aid with supplies and donations to shelters, as well as bring awareness to the needs of shelters and the animals they are care for.
“One of the best things about the country music community is the fact that we are a community—when you ask fans for their help, they always show up,” Michael says. “I never dreamed that Wrigley Cares could turn into what it’s become, and I owe it all to my fans.”
Michael’s Wrigley Cares Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede sneakers sold out in one month since launching the campaign. All proceeds from the sneakers directly supported Wrigley Cares and its partner, North Shore Animal League America.
In addition to brainstorming ways to help shelter animals, the Florida native recently stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday (July 16) for a performance of his new single “One That Got Away.” The upbeat number showcased Michael’s star power as he jumped around the late night stage as the studio audience clapped along. The evening marked Michael’s late night television debut.
“One That Got Away” is Michael’s latest single featured on his new album, Amos, released in June. The 11-track project is named after his paternal grandfather, who inspired Michael’s musical passion and taught him how to play guitar.
“My grandfather passed away, three years ago,” Michael tells One Country. “He was an unbelievable guitar player, and taught all the cousins of that generation and my dad. So they created this band, and I came along and I was the first grandson. They had me on stage with them all the time. When I hit about nine I had my grandpa and my dad teach me some chords. I learned ‘Today I Started Loving You Again” from Merle Haggard, and kept on from that. From about nine years on, I was on the road with my grandfather and groups that he was playing with. That led me into wanting to play the bar scene, and figuring out how do you get from Lake County, Florida to Nashville.”