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Titans of Country

Titans 2020



Ray Martin has been called one of Manitoba’s “best kept secrets” when it comes to the art of song writing. Ray and co-writing partner Lyle Foster have won countless music industry awards having partnered in the Foster Martin Band for 19 years. 

A song entitled "Thank You Lord For The Sun" is what helped them break into the song writing scene in Nashville, having co-published the song with Famous Music. It was at that time Ray & Lyle got a chance to write with Big Kenny Alphin of the famous “Big & Rich” duo.  Ray has since penned songs with hit writers Gilles Godard & Willie Mack.  Gilles is now the Chief Creative Officer of OLE Nashville. 


Ray quit the band in 2004 to concentrate on writing and solo projects.

He released his first solo album entitled “Real Country” in 2017 and is now working on a gospel recording and developing a new Don Williams tribute show.


Quick Facts


  • Winner of 35 MCMA Awards (Foster Martin Band)

  • 2015 Manitoba Country Music Hall of Fame inductee

  • 2 time CCMA nominee

  • 2 time WCMA nominee

  • Winner for “Best Uptempo Country” (Papa Joe) Nashville Song Search

  • Winner for “Best Country Ballad” (Duct Taped Bible) Unisong Contest

  • Honourable Mention for (Papa Joe & The Miracle) NSAI song contest

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