Ray Hildebrand began his long career back in October, 1962, when he and his wife dropped into a recording studio (unannounced) in Fort Worth, TX. That day they recorded the hit love song, “Hey Paula”, that would reach #1 on the charts all over the world. This song has had an impact on many famous couples, such as Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and also inspired Karen Carpenter to begin her music career. This song has been featured in numerous television shows such as Cheers and Married with Children.
Early in his career, Ray moved from Texas to Kansas City to work for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This move set him up with a new solo music career in Contemporary Christian Music with songs such as Turn It Over to Jesus and Say I Do.
While traveling for the FCA and doing music concerts, Ray became one of the pioneers/founders of Contemporary Christian Music. Ray released several 45 records and teamed up with another singer to create Land & Hildebrand. They traveled all over the world and were commonly referred to as the Christian Smothers Brothers.
Currently, Ray speaks and sings at church, prisons, prayer breakfasts and various other occasions. We look forward to welcoming Ray at our Worship in the Park service in October.