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Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

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• 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.