Colin Ray is from Lincolnton, North Carolina. He began playing music at the age of six when he got his first guitar as a Christmas present. At the age of ten he made the switch to banjo under the instruction of Darin Aldridge. He began playing mandolin recently at the age of twenty. At twelve years old, he and other young musicians from the Lincolnton/Cherryville were part of Catawba Valley Music Revival’s “Catawba Valley Music Revival Youth Band” that was instructed by Darin Aldridge. He provided mandolin and vocals for the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Pride Band and is now the newest singer and mandolin player for Dreamcatcher!