“Football at UGA is more than just a game or an event; it’s a lifestyle, it’s family, it’s engrained into our everyday life. This song hopefully captures that.” – Ray Fulcher (BSED ’08, MED ’10)
When country music singer/songwriter Ray Fulcher (BSED ’08, MED ’10) was majoring in education at UGA, he went to a concert that changed his life. Eric Church performing on the Georgia Theatre stage inspired Ray to pick up a guitar—and he hasn’t looked back. He’s now written four No.1 hits performed by Luke Combs and has released a new song with a nod to his alma mater.
Ray admits choosing a new—and less certain—career path was probably the “dumbest” thing he could do. He also knows that’s what makes it so worthwhile. His advice for students considering a major life change?
“Don’t be afraid to go after it. Know that it won’t be easy and forget the word ‘quit.’”
Ray co-wrote the chart-topping When it Rains, It Pours in 2017. His first call when he found out it hit No. 1 was to his parents. The Double Dawg values his family, who supported his pursuit of a career in music, and his alma mater; both loves are evident in his latest release, Love Ya Son, Go Dawgs. The song highlights the bond between father and son, and while Ray hopes Georgia fans can relate, he believes the song is universal.
When asked if he would take requests from fans to tweak the lyrics to feature other teams, Ray is quick to say, “They can sing whatever version they want, but I don’t think I could ever sing anything but ‘Dawgs.’”
Check out Ray’s new song above and enjoy a few of his favorite college memories from his time in Athens.
Rapid-Fire with Ray Fulcher
- Top Sanford Stadium moment: 2007 Auburn blackout game
- Most prized UGA possession: 2005 SEC championship ring (I was a student assistant then a graduate assistant for the football team from 2004-2010) *see photo below!
- Favorite song in college: Rhett Akins “That Ain’t my Truck”
- Favorite UGA/Athens musician: Bill Anderson (ABJ ’59)
- Gameday hype song: The Battle Hymn!
- Uga X or Hairy Dawg: Uga!
- Score prediction for UGA vs. Bama: Dawgs on top 37-35
Ray shared a few photos from his time at UGA and on the road performing: