Fast Facts

  • Parents split when he was 5.
  • Moved frequently as a child as his single mom sought work to support and provide shelter for him and his five siblings.
  • Only allowed to watch public TV as a youngster.
  • Left home after high school and migrated to Maine.
  • Worked as a carpenter and in a shoe factory prior to taking up music.
  • Inspired to become a singer-songwriter by the Stephen Stills song "Treetop Flyer," which he heard on the radio early one morning.
  • Once built a cabin for himself, his wife and children to live in. It had no electricity or running water.
  • Enjoys reading. Favorite authors include Annie Dillard, Ursula K. Le Guin and Peter Kerry.


  • 2010, Grammy — Best Contemporary Folk Album: Winner


  • Sarah A. Sousa — Wife


  • Birth Name: RayCharles J. LaMontagne
  • Birth Place: Nashua, NH
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter

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