Get Authentic with Marques Ogden
Get Authentic with Marques Ogden

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Get Authentic with Marques Ogden - Special episode Marty Ray

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Musician, Podcast Host

During this interview, Marques sits down with Marty Ray one of the most talented musicians in the Christian gospel singing industry.  During this interview Marques chats with Marty about his upbringing, his singing career and also his very successful podcast as well....

Yeah, R every one of the special episode number nine of the get authentic with market ship. I'm your host, Marcus Ogden, and today we're joined by my good friend Marty Ray, successful musician and podcast host, but Roo Grad Mario to the stage. I want, I think, a few of our amazing sponsors. Century twenty one connect realty with Lee Ballet, a realtor brand out of Atlanta, Georgia area, nationwide exteriors. They are a roofing brand out of Orlando, Florida. Deflect Tech LLC, a shoulder protection device brand out of the Colorado area. Bill Keefer and associates, a consulting brand out of the Ohio area, big El speaking, but my good friend Lloyd Morrison. They speak to sports programs all across the country and a must win financial literacy. Ryan Shatner helps Athletes Fish in the nil world. Now bring up to the stage my good friend Marty Ray. How are you doing today? Marty? I'm doing wonderful. How you doing? I'm doing good. Brother. I'm glad to her introduced us. I took some of your music. Love your slogan. You're here the same music. Some people like it. I love that, Marty. What does the word authentic slash authenticity mean to Marty Ray. Authentic to me just mean somebody who is not willing to be someone they're not essentially. So it's just to me I try to be authentic, meaning not that I'm completely original, but that what I if I take somebody else's original then I make it my own. That type of thing, and in music is as at least in music, if I do a song to make it authentic, I think I need to make it my own. So everything you do, I think your integrity is involved in authenticity. So things like that is what is what authentic means to me. Marty, love how you said you may find something and then make it your own. You're a musician. You talked about integrity. What does integrity mean to you? Because authentic, you said so beautifully. And but when you said integrity, I think about like, you know, honesty, I think about, you know, commitment, I think about, you know, putting others first. So when you think about integrity, Marty, what does that mean to you and why is that so important when it comes to authenticity? Well, you just said it. Honesty, right, honestly and being yourself. Let it. You're letting your heart show in front of people and being vulnerable, emotionally accessible, right available to people, and especially through music. And I think if you like that, through music or anything you do, even a podcast, people resonate with that. That resonate with people and they love that and they will attach themselves to you because they know that you're being authentic, they know you're being in that you have integrity. So in my in my world, I'm a I'm a Christian, so that's the first thing I am before anything else. So integrity is very important in the message of Jesus, so I try my best to live as close to him as I can. That's my main go marty, you know, phenomenal information artists. Let's get real. Living the best life you can and being a Christian is what Marty is all about and that's why he's such an excellent guest for our special episode number nine. Marty, tell you a little more about yourself, where you're from, your back how you got into music. Shere thos. Who Is...

Marty Ray Man? That's so that's a lot to put it a couple of minutes, but sure, Um. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, raised across the bridge in Arkansas. Well, thought I could sing. My whole life people told me I couldn't sing. I had lost the complete here and in my right here. When I was five years old, I was told that, uh, either I could sing and it wasn't real, it wasn't a real dream. You couldn't do really do that. And I know where. I was told I couldn't sing, that I wasn't any good. And so for years I thought that I was singing and making money doing music was not a realistic goal, and so I was trying to do everything else that I could. And one day, God bless me with an Apple Mac book and that had garage band on it, and I pulled up garage band and UH started recording myself and thought, Hey, I think I sound really good still, so let me start making some videos and see what happened. So I started doing that and I said, Lord, if this is what you want me to do, then honor the effort and that's what's gonna happening ever since. Audience. Again, you know I love saying let's get real. People told Marty he wasn't gonna be able to get it done, he was gonna be any good at singing. He was gonna be able to get this done or that done. And Marty's internal fortitude pushed him forward to continue to do things. And again, like I said, the Apple macbook came into his life at the right time. He found the right APP he downloaded it, he started singing. That man, I sound pretty good. And when don't? We Always Talk About Ladies and gentlemen, you have to invest in your number one asset, which is you. If you don't or won't invest in you, why would anybody else? Right? So, Marty, lets go a little bit deeper here. The next question. How did you start to invest in your with your music, as you started to see and realized that you had a god given talent and you kept pushing yourself forward to get to that talent. But how did you continue to invest in you to become the best version of you? Well, when the first video was made, it was just on a, you know, cheap camera or whatever that somebody gave me and I said let's see what happens. So I think we got thirty thousand views on that video. It was a it was a cover of an old gospel hymn called great speckled bird, and he got about thirty thousand views. I thought, wow, I'm famous now, and uh so I started deciding, Hey, I'm gonna start making some more videos, and I made a few more and they didn't do quite as well, and then I ended up saying, you know what, I want to learn how to actually make quality videos. So I rented a black magic camera from a camera rental place in the Lens and all this, and I took that and decided I was gonna make a video. wrote a song just to make a video with, called it was a parody of a song called all about that Bass, and the song I did was called all about that beard. And I did that parody, made the video with this song and Lo and behold, that that thing went viral and got two million views in a day. And so after that I invested in better camera equipment, better editing equipment, software, better lenses, everything, and I still do that to this day. I still try to keep keep my stuff up to date so that I can make it easier on me and look better for the audience. So I mean that as far as that. And then also traveling, driving all over the country. I drove to l a from Memphis, drove to UH North Carolina, Florida, drove all over the place, not making any money but spending it. Oh, all right, all is. I'M gonna get as authentic as I probably have on this show. Marty, you're Gonn to know exactly...

...what I'm talking about. Maybe I don't, may may not. One of my favorite country musicians is luke combs. Okay, huge Luke Combs Fan, and when I think about what Marty said, traveling all around the country going places, I think about Luke combs video. Uh Uh uh, you got the best of me. You got the best of me by Luke holmbs. And he's going in that, you know, in the whole process he's going through, driving different places and trying to get his music looked at, and he's got a guy on the iphone watching him on stage and then from there he gets bigger and goes to it, gets a tour bus next to you know, he's Luke combs who he is today. What I love about Marty and his journey is he said he you know, did something. He had a video go viral, two million views in a day. Took that and he invested in himself right better equipment, better systems. You know, started traveling all over the place. This, ladies and gentleman, is exactly why people like Marty Ray are great guests for our show. He didn't talk to you about well, you know, I sat there and I had this view and all these people loved me and I bought the equipment next to you. Now I'm a huge success. He didn't say that. He said, well, I had to earn my way, and that's the essence of our show. Now, Marty, let's switch gets a little bit and talk about what are you doing when it comes to the podcast? Talk about your podcast. What is the mission, what is the mantra and who are you trying to reach with your guests and your messaging? The podcast that we have. It's called the Marty Ray project chats. We before I did music, I did podcasting, meaning back in two thousand seven I was podcasting before anybody, before podcasting it was cool, before everybody had one, we had a podcast called MEM Nash Radio and it was it was the same theme. It was a podcast. I was in Memphis and I went and I knew I knew people in Nashville. So it was trying to say anybody from Memphis in Nashville. The music scene and all the actors and whatever they are, any type of entertainer, you're welcome to come on as a guest on our show and and that's kind of what the same theme is today. We I did that show for about a year and a half back then in two thousand and seven, and I always say that if I would have stuck with it back then I'd be the biggest podcast in the world of day. I don't know if that's true or not, but it feels good to say it, you know. But but this one here started this one. I started this one back right before covid. Everybody else started in Covid. I started before Covid, this podcast, and then covid hit, which my co host was Jim Best, country Music Hall of Famer. He, uh, he what daring covid. He couldn't do he wouldn't his wife wouldn't let him do anything. So, though, there was a short hiatus there here in Covid. Then I got Chris Walling, a friend of mine who was actually a guest on the show early on, and then he became the Co host and now, uh, he's off doing something else. So now it's me and I'm gonna be looking for another coast at some point and we're fixed the startup season two. So we we did fifty five episodes of season one. The guests that we have are anywhere from Bert Chrysher Vanilla ice, uh M M A fighters. We've had all kinds of M M A fighters. We've had Herbdean, the referee for UFC, friend of mine. So anybody in entertainment we usually will have him on there. But this next season we're gonna shift it up and not actually have a guest every episode. We've got some things we want to do. We got some food we want to try and things like that. So I don't know if you can tell or not, but I like to eat. Marty, I thought she was this kind of like you know. No, you'd like to eat. I've never thought that, man. I knew, I knew it. I hide it. Well, yeah, you had the beard name make. She looked very, very now it's just very approachable. So I would I thresh you with the eat with that. You know...

...what I mean. Well, let me ask you a question. A lot my friend you said on your show you interview vanilla ice. Right, I want to know from you and be authentic what you always are anyway. How was that? And you know, as somebody that I got to, you know, listen to in the early nineties and you know, got to love what he's done. I've actually been in a couple of different events where he's come out and done some entertainment and he's still got a really good you know, he's very energetic, he's very, very vibrant, very very lively. So I like his whole process overall. Where or what did you all really focus on his journey on your show? Well, I like to on my show I like to try to find something that they can't believe. I would know. That's what I try to do on my guests. So and then we talked about I try to talk about things that they haven't talked about on every other interview they've ever done in their life. So we we talked about things with Vanilla ice, which I knew him before he was on the show because he and I did a show together years ago. Yeah, and we're actually doing another show together, uh, September ten. Maybe maybe that's your new co host. He that dude, so busy man. He would that would that would never happen, but that'd be awesome. That'd be really awesome. He's fun, like you said, he's very energetic, fun got to be around. But so on that show we talked about you know, like his he loves Ninja Turtles. I Love Ninja Turtles. So we just talked about stuff like that. It's just a conversation on my show. It's not really directed at anything in particular other than this person. If you're a fan of this person, you're gonna get to know more or things that like. He we talked about the Sugar Knights Story and I said, cleared up for the people that don't know what really happened with Sugar Knight. It wasn't what people think, like he can get held out of a window and all that stuff, like people have always said and thought. So things like that just conversational things we're doing our show. You know, Mart let me go back for a second. You talked about you started podcasting and oh seven before became popular. Now everybody knows Joe Rogan. I don't know when Joe Rogan start. I think he probably started around like two thousand and ten or twelve somewhere in that regard, but I'm not exactly sure. grafinitently after ours, there was nobody really there was no the only celebrities doing podcast at that time where, I believe, the nurest was one, and Ricky Gervais. He's kind of the godfather of the podcast. You know, he actually he was actually one of the first guys and he was making he had people paying. I think he had people paying for his episode. So he was making like a million dollars. UH, yeah, back in, back in the day, he was. He would do a show or something and then tell him that they got to go to this podcast for the risk. Wow. So I have a question for you. You started Oh seven. What was it, Mario, that got you or made you stop podcasting back then? Because you said it really well, if you'd kept going, who knows where you be today? Now you have a very successful podcast. I've looked it up. You're in the top five percent worldwide. You have a lot of great reviews. People love it. I heard things like entertaining, innovative, uh, you know, fresh perspective, and I looked at a lot your reviews and I can totally see why people say because you're a very innovative, fun loving kind of guy. But what was it mariy, that got you to stop podcasting when you started Oh seven? Was it your music? Was it other things you were falling in love with? What wasn't it got you stop podcasting after you start back up in Oh seven? Well, the the goal was to always have a co host not have to do it alone. Right. I like the manter between Co hosty. If you get a guest on and they're kind of boring, then and then I really talking, you always have somebody else you can talk to, which is always awesome, and you can talk this part and say hey, you know about it, and you kind...

...of maybe you can take jabs at each other and that stuff is it helps to keep the flow going and it's funner that way, even if the guest is so I've not had any, but even if the guests was dull, your your show is not dull. You see what I'm saying, because I'm getting I'm just not able to. They're just not it's not there at Forte. They don't they don't do interviews well, they don't talk well. They don't conversate well even in probably in life. But anyway, the goal was to always have a co host and my co host kept leaving. The one that we should was my it started off as my little cousin and he and I started the thing. He did two episodes and the funny thing is he we did two episodes and then on the on the first episode, I had just went to see Darvish rutger and uh got him to autograph some pictures and I didn't know Darvis rugger. I just had a meet and Greek and I handed him one because he likes autographs. So I hand him one. He goes, Hey, wouldn't it be something if, if we got darvis rucker on the show one day? I said, man, that might happen soon and he said Ah, yeah, right, it sad be years. I said it, well, we'll see, and then he he leaves and doesn't come back to the show. So then I get my little brother to come and Co host and it was called Mem Nash, Mem Nash Radio with Hawking the beard, right, I was hawk, not and I'm just kidding. Oh the so then, Lo and behold, I sent a message to Darius Rugger, or a tweet to Darre's Rugger, got him on the show. He was on like the fourth or fifth episode and I holder to my cousin. I said see her. You left too soon because Darre's rugger was on the show and you said he couldn't be on the show for years. I said it was only five episodes in and we had DARRE's rugger. But anyway, that's just a little a rabbit hole I went in. Nonetheless, I wanted to have a co host, so whatever, my coach. Can't believe him. My little brother then left and then I had somebody else come in and they left. They got tired of doing it and left too. So then my music. Then I was, like I said, I got that two million view video and I started so I couldn't new music and the podcast all by myself back then, so I said I'll just focus on music and come back to this at a later date when I get to a place where I can and it. It should't have took me as long as it has, but for whatever reason it has. Well, my friend, I'm so glad you got back in the podcast and you have a great personality. You have a great ability to pull people in. The three things you have to have to be a great speaker. You have all three. Marty, stage presence or, you know, video presence, as you can't your audience, engage your audience. So again, I'm really, really excited that you join us on the show. Now I'm gonna get authentic for a minute. By the way, ladies and gentleman, if you're not if you're just listening to the audio, Marty has like a twelve inch beard. You know, you know great guy. You know this kind of looks just like a guy who wants to go out in the outdoors and chop down trees and saying and do all that type of stuff. Right. But, Ladies and Gentlemen, if you're listening to this episode, you can't see that. I just saw and I'm as authentic as it gets. I am from Washington, D C, Marty, how in the world could you not take down your Dallas Cowboy picture back there with eight been handing off to Emmitt Smith, knowing I'm from D C? Thing that it's like depth to the cowboys when you have this type of interaction. So let's get real for a minute. Why do you like the cowboys and why can't you pick up better team? I put that there just for you to see. Actually, I actually almost started to get my autographed Tony Romo Football Tony Romo picture behind me. I love Tony Romo. I thought it was awesome, but that's actually some old that's not a picture, that's some old starting lineup figures. Remember those old football figures? That's a Troygman and Emmett Smith, the legend, you know. But I've always been a Dallas cowboys fan since I was a boy. I actually don't watch to get to watch football as much as I used to, but I used to be a die hard dallas cowboys fan. I even have a piece of...

...the old stadium grass up here. Yeah, when they tore down the stadium, I got some of the turf on a plaque. So, yeah, I was a massive cowboys fan for many, many years, my whole life really. So, yeah, I hate Washington Redskins and uh, actually your name. Yes, we have as the Washington commanders, now Washington commanders. I Hate The Washington commanders and, uh, the New York giants and the Eagles and all that. I've never been one that was like, uh, so so against the other teams, where I couldn't even like the players on the other teams. You know what? Like I actually like Donovan mcnabb. I thought he was super cool guy and I thought he was a great quarterback. There was, there's been people like that. I like. I thought, uh, what was his name? The Guy that played for? He was a running back Clinton porters. I thought he was hilarious. I thought he was awesome dude. So I've never been one that hate, really truly hated, the other team. I hate, I hate the when they play me, any team. So when they played cowboys, that's all right, but look, Washington right. No, no, no, I didn't. I'm from Washington, so I was drafted by Jacksonville, played for Baltimore and Buffalo in Tennessee, but I have not had the pleasure to play for Washington, you know, being from my hometown. But I will say, Marty, I do respect your loyalty to the team. You've been a fan since you were young. I think that's awesome. I don't like people who are like from Washington and you love Dallas. You're from Florida, you love Seattle. I mean, like, I never understood that, but like, if you have something you grew up on and it's something you really just fell strongly about, then I'm okay with that, because loyalty and authenticity go hand in hand. So last question for you, Marty, before I let you go. UH, there's a lot of great information, authentic acid gainst, just great interview. If you were gonna tell somebody right that's trying to do what you did in music and podcasting right like this to get started or trying to push through the adversity and all the hard times. And again, they don't have to want to do what you're doing music wise or podcast but I said, could this be they want to be an entrepreneur, they wanna have, you know, create this brand or that brand, they want to rise at the corporate ladder of their job, whatever the case may be. What is one piece of advice that Marty Ray would give them to get over the Hump and keep pushing through all the adversity and negativity? Well, it's funny you should ask that question. That's the same question, not as long as that one. That was a little long winded version of my question that I asked Darris rugger. He uh, you're like a you're like a Baptist preacher, right, are you bad? You grow up baptist. I did grow factist, but I end up on a preacher. I heard heard that one before. Man for a man of good faith, though, and the Christian I will take that all day. Hey, come on with it. I'm pentecostal. You know what that is? Yes, I have, I have. Anyway. So on I was interviewing Davis Rucker. I asked him at the end, I said, what advice would you give people that want to do what you're doing now? And he gave the most poignant and profound advice, but it was simple, he said. I would say just play, right, and so I said, well, Huh, let's just play. So, men, when you think about that with music, if you look at everything as a game, whatever you wanna be, you want to be an actor, you want to be a singer, you want to be a dancer, you want to be a business owner, then look at it as a game and just get out there and start playing the game, because most people don't even get in the game, right, like e. A sports. It's in the game, right, most people don't get in it. They don't get in the game. So he said just play and I said, you know what, and at the time I had not been doing any anything with music. I've given up on music. That dream was kind of crushed, you know, by people and I thought this was unrealistic and he when he said just play, that resonated with me and I said, you know what, let's just see what happens if you, if I did play the game a little bit. And so that's that's my advice to everybody. That...

...and put Jesus first and watch what he does. You honor the effort of you getting in the game. That's what I would say, Ladies and Gentlemen, and I'm going to give you the authentic tip for this amazing interview with Marty Ray. Get in the game. I don't care what that a boy, I don't care what you wanna do, female, Male, your ethnicity, your age, it doesn't matter me. You are good enough to get in the game. But if you don't get in the game, you cannot win the game. If you're on the sidelines, nothing's gonna Happen. It's this license is gonna Pass you right by. Marty is in the game. Musician, podcast host, great guy. You know he's a Dallas Cowboys Fan. I'm in the game, speaking pocket, I mean, like Marty. Our podcast is only seven to almost eight weeks old. We're in the top two percent world where after eight weeks and I didn't even want to get in the game. But, like you said, you know what, I had faith in Jesus and God and I said, you know what, they've got my back. Let's go into and I've got a great group here, Multi Format Network, Dennis Ben Paul, producers. They're amazing, but they couldn't make me get into the game. And my great friend Gus Barrott, former Washington quarterback, ha ha, he got me in the game. And now that I'm in the game, we're playing the game and we're playing for keeps and we're playing for the long haul. So, like Marty Ray said, get in the game. If you're not in the game, you can't win the game. This was this was special episode number nine of the get authentic with Marcus show. I'm your host, Marcus Auten, joined by my friend and great musician Great Podcast, Marty Ray. Thanks for tuning in. Have a great game. I need my hand.

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