As a kid, Francisco Gomez grew up in Deming, New Mexico. His parents divorced when he was a young boy and he lived with his mother in Laredo
and San Antonio, Texas
. He then moved to Columbus, New Mexico
with his father. It was through his moving that he began listening to not only country music
, but also ranchera
music. As he is of Hispanic descent, he thought that he would "stand out" as a country musician, citing other Hispanic artists such as Freddy Fender
Before he became Frank Ray, the Country singer, he spent ten years on the Police force in Las Cruces, New Mexico and to this day, he continues to 'BackThe Blue' and support mental health within the First Responder and Law Enforcement community with his organization, FRAY.
Great conversation with Frank Ray who's being honored at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC!