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Ray Dalton (born May 10, 1991) is an American singer and songwriter based in Seattle, Washington. He began his career as a gospel and R&B singer.[1] Dalton gained prominence as the featured singer on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2011 hit song "Can't Hold Us", which gained popularity when it was re-released as a single in early 2013.[1] The song was certified platinum in the U.S. in April 2013.[2] He has won two MTV Video Music Awards.[3]

Ray Dalton
Ray Dalton 02.jpg
Ray Dalton in 2010
Background information
Born (1991-05-10) May 10, 1991 (age 28)
Washington, U.S.
GenresHip hop, gospel, R&B, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, backing vocals
Years active2011-present
Associated actsMacklemore, Ryan Lewis, Arty, Mat Zo, Madcon


Life and careerEdit

Dalton's mother is Mexican American and his father is African American.[2] He began singing at the age of 6 on the advice of his music teacher, joining the Seattle Children's Choir. He continued to sing through high school. He has described himself as a fan of Fleetwood Mac.[2] Dalton spent his senior year in high school listening to Missy Elliott, Amy Winehouse, and Kanye West, according to an interview with MTV News.[2]

Aside from music, Dalton is a tennis player who has worked as a tennis instructor.[1] He gave up teaching tennis following the success of "Can't Hold Us" to pursue a full-time career as a musician.[1] Dalton sings in the Total Experience Gospel Choir of Seattle, as of 2013.[1]

Dalton's work drew the attention of producer Ryan Lewis, who had heard Dalton's singing on a song for another artist.[1] Lewis reached out to Dalton via Facebook.[1] Dalton soon began collaborating with Lewis and Macklemore in the studio.[1] The first song the trio worked on together was Macklemore's and Lewis' 2011 single, Wings.[1]

In June 2012, Dalton released his first single, So Emotional,[4] which was mixed by Ryan Lewis. He also announced he was working on his 'own project' to be called The Dalton Show.[5]

Dalton, Lewis and Macklemore created the hook for "Can't Hold Us" in one day.[1] Dalton shot his scenes for the single's music video while on tour in New Zealand in March 2013.



As lead artistEdit

Year Title Album
2012 "So Emotional" N/A
2017 "If You Fall" N/A

As featured artistEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2010 "Kingdom Come"
(Dyno Jamz featuring Ray Dalton)
Dyno Jamz
2011 "Can't Hold Us"
(Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton)
1 1 2 2 4 3 4 4 1 4 3 The Heist
(Camila Recchio featuring Ray Dalton)[17]
2012 "Need Your Love"
(Sol featuring Ray Dalton)
2014 "Visceral"
(John Mark McMillan featuring Ray Dalton)
The Borderland Sessions
2015 "Don't Worry"
(Madcon featuring Ray Dalton)
82 25 52 5 2 4 28 14 8 54 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Unterberger, Andrew (2013-03-22). "Talking Tennis, Rachael Ray and "Can't Hold Us" with Macklemore Hook Man Ray Dalton". Popdust. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  2. ^ a b c d Thomas, Rebecca (2013-04-30). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Can't Hold Us': Decoding The Hook! Ray Dalton, the 22-year-old crooner behind the catchy chorus, talks to MTV News about the Seattle duo, that epic video and a few baffling lyrics". MTV News. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  3. ^ Willis, Kim (2013-08-26). "MTV VMAs: The winners and nominees". USATODAY. Retrieved 2013-12-06.
  4. ^ So Emotional - Ray Dalton (Bandcamp)
  5. ^ - Biography Archived 2013-05-31 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Peak positions for singles in the US:
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Ray Dalton". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Ray Dalton". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  16. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  17. ^ "Camila Recchio - Whisper (feat. Ray Dalton) Official Music Video". YouTube. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2015-08-29.

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