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Ray Boltz (born 1953 in Muncie, Indianamarker, United Statesmarker) was a contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter, whose songs often tell stories of faith and inspiration. He was raised by his parents William and Ruth Boltz, and was married to his wife [Media:[Carol Boltz]] for over 30 years prior to coming out as gay in 2008. They have four children.

Boltz was virtually unknown when he wrote Thank You, which won the Song of the Year prize at the 1990 GMA Dove Awards. After the release of Songs from the Potter's Field in 2002, and his last tour in 2004, Boltz retired from the music industry and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Floridamarker.

In a September 2008 interview with the Washington Blade, Boltz came out of the closet and announced he was gay, but not practicing homosexuality. Since then, Boltz has performed at several churches of the Metropolitan Community Church, a gay-affirming Christian denomination. Many Christian churches have now stopped supporting Mr. Boltz, due to the their belief that it is clear that the Lord is against homosexuality, stating, "If homosexuality is acceptable in God's eyes, He needs to raise Sodom and Gomorrah".

Discography



  • 1997 A Christmas Album: Bethlehem Star
  • 1998 Honor and Glory
  • 2000 The Classics
  • 2001 Moments for the Heart, Vol. 1 & 2
  • 2001 Concert of a Lifetime for Kids [live]
  • 2002 Songs from the Potter's Field
  • 2004 The Unchanging Story


Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Album Chart Position
1995 The Concert Of A Lifetime The Billboard 200 #194
1996 No Greater Sacrifice The Billboard 200 #173
1997 A Christmas Album: Bethlehem Star The Billboard 200 #169


Awards

Boltz has been the recipient of two song awards from the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. "Thank You" received the 1990 Song of the Year award, and "I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb" received the 1994 award for Inspirational Song. He also was one of various artists contributing to God with Us: A Celebration of Christmas Carols & Classics, which won the 1997 award for Special Event Album.

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