Brody Ray appears Saturday, June 6 on the Miller Lite MainStage at 4:40 P.M.
Brody Ray, now 27 years old, is working hard to make his dreams become a reality.
The Nashville recording artist has recently released his first EP worldwide with a new Alternative Rock and Pop sound that’s full of life and energy. The EP was written and recorded in Nashville, TN on music row by Brody Ray and Ben Flanders at Pacific International Records.
Ever since Brody could remember, music has played a major role in his life. Learning his first strum pattern on the guitar from his mother and taking guitar and cello lessons starting at age 8. These were only some of the things his parents supported him in doing at such a young age. Brody’s life started out different from most.
Brody Ray Runge, born female, knew that his body didn’t match what he felt on the inside, as young as a toddler.
Brody’s mother remembers him kicking the back of her seat in the McDonald’s Drive Thru until he got the boy toy in his happy meal, and jumping around in diapers and cowboy boots with a guitar singing at the top of his lungs.
As Brody got older, his love for music grew as well as his desire to become the man he always felt he was on the inside. He worked towards a music business degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, but after 3 and a half years, something hit him and he knew that it was time to make some serious changes in his life if he was ever going to be happy.
Brody dropped out with a semester left until graduating and started his transition to male and focusing on making his dreams of being an artist a reality. Brody got the surgeries and hormones he needed to complete the male image he had always imagined himself having.
During this process, TLC was contacted and they captured some of Brody’s most trying times going through this journey. Brody’s episode was featured on a show called Strange Sex, on May 8th 2011 and they named his episode “Right Guy, Wrong Body.” You can find his episode still airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Fit and Health, TLC, Netflix and YouTube.
Shortly after the airing of the episode, Brody auditioned for American Idol, making it through 4 auditions and earning a chance to sing in front of the celebrity judges, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. In between, Brody put a band together, started writing and recording music with his new and deeper voice that fit him better than ever, and auditioning for tons of opportunities anywhere he could. He just recently made it to the Blind Auditions of The Voice for season 7.
Brody has been traveling and performing all over the US and Canada singing at some of the nations largest Pride Festivals. Festivals include: Palm Springs Pride, CA, opening for Berlin and Terri Nun. Ottawa, Ontario Canada Pride both with turnouts of over 20,000. Kalamazoo Pride, Rainbow Pride in Spokane WA, Roanoke, VA Pride sharing the stage with cast members for the hit TV show Glee, Mid-South Pride in Memphis, TN and Heartland Pride in Omaha, NE. Brody is scheduled to perform with his band at Kalamazoo Pride again this year and Milwaukee Pride both in June.
Subscribe to his YouTube Channel to catch both parts of his TLC episode, live performances, acoustic covers, original music, video footage from his surgeries, and so much more!